Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYB) Financial Comparison

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Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYB) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Comcast and Liberty Global’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comcast $94.51 billion 2.07 $11.73 billion $2.55 16.93
Liberty Global $11.96 billion 1.62 $725.30 million N/A N/A

Comcast has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Global.

Volatility & Risk

Comcast has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Comcast pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Liberty Global does not pay a dividend. Comcast pays out 32.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Comcast has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Comcast and Liberty Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comcast 11.64% 17.50% 5.41%
Liberty Global 9.11% -26.88% -2.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Comcast and Liberty Global, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comcast 0 5 16 0 2.76
Liberty Global 0 0 0 0 N/A

Comcast currently has a consensus price target of $45.57, indicating a potential upside of 5.54%. Given Comcast’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Comcast is more favorable than Liberty Global.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.7% of Comcast shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Comcast shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of Liberty Global shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Comcast beats Liberty Global on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Comcast Company Profile

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, Theme Parks, and Sky segments. The Cable Communications segment offers cable services, including high-speed Internet, video, voice, and security and automation services to residential and business customers under the Xfinity name; and advertising services. The Cable Networks segment operates national cable networks that provide various entertainment, news and information, and sports content; regional sports and news networks; international cable networks; and various digital properties, including brand-aligned Websites, as well as engages in the cable television studio production operations. The Broadcast Television segment operates NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, NBC and Telemundo local broadcast television stations, broadcast television studio production operations, and various digital properties. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, acquires, markets, and distributes filmed entertainment under the Universal Pictures, Illumination, DreamWorks Animation, and Focus Features names. It also develops, produces, and licenses stage plays; and distributes filmed entertainment produced by third parties. The Theme Parks segment operates Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida; Hollywood, California; and Osaka, Japan. The Sky segment offers direct-to-consumer services, such as video, high-speed Internet, voice, and wireless phone services; and content services comprising operating entertainment networks, the Sky News broadcast network, and Sky Sports networks. The company also provides a wireless phone service under the Xfinity Mobile name; and owns the Philadelphia Flyers, as well as the Wells Fargo Center arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Comcast Corporation was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Liberty Global Company Profile

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, mobile, and other communications services to residential customers and businesses in Europe. It offers video services, including digital video programming and audio services starting with a basic video service, video-on-demand, electronic programming guide, various premium channel packages, digital video recorders, various mobile applications, and set-top boxes. The company provides entertainment, sports, movies, documentaries, lifestyles, news, adult, children, and ethnic and foreign channels. It also offers Wi-Fi and Internet services, such as email, address book, and parental controls; security; online storage solutions and Web spaces; and Connect Box, a connectivity device that delivers in-home Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, it offers community Wi-Fi via routers in home, which provides access to the Internet; public Wi-Fi access points in train stations, hotels, bars, restaurants, and other public places. In addition, the company provides circuit-switched telephony services; and mobile services comprising voice, short message service, and Internet access. Further, it offers voice, advanced data, video, wireless, cloud-based services, and mobile and converged fixed-mobile services to small or home offices, small businesses, and medium and large enterprises, as well as on a wholesale basis to other operators. Liberty Global plc was founded in 2004 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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