Critical Survey: Liberty Media (FWONK) and The Competition

Liberty Media (NASDAQ: FWONK) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Television broadcasting stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Liberty Media to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Liberty Media and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Media 0 2 3 0 2.60
Liberty Media Competitors 119 449 904 29 2.56

Liberty Media currently has a consensus price target of $42.40, indicating a potential upside of 42.47%. As a group, “Television broadcasting stations” companies have a potential upside of 38.25%. Given Liberty Media’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Media is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Liberty Media has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Media’s rivals have a beta of 1.34, indicating that their average stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liberty Media and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Media $1.78 billion $255.00 million 24.60
Liberty Media Competitors $3.96 billion $355.86 million 18.00

Liberty Media’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Media. Liberty Media is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Media and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Media 14.30% N/A N/A
Liberty Media Competitors 13.95% 16.42% 4.96%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.2% of Liberty Media shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.1% of shares of all “Television broadcasting stations” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.4% of shares of all “Television broadcasting stations” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Liberty Media rivals beat Liberty Media on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Liberty Media

Formula One Group, through its subsidiaries, engages in the media and entertainment businesses in North America. Formula One Group was formerly known as The Liberty Media Group. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado. Formula One Group is a former subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.

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