Reviewing Charter Communications (CHTR) & Liberty Global PLC (LILAK)

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LILAK) and Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Liberty Global PLC and Charter Communications’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Global PLC $3.65 billion 0.86 $1.42 billion ($0.92) -28.27
Charter Communications $40.83 billion 2.48 $14.62 billion $3.45 113.90

Charter Communications has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Global PLC. Liberty Global PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Charter Communications, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Global PLC and Charter Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Global PLC N/A N/A N/A
Charter Communications 2.29% 1.15% 0.38%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Liberty Global PLC and Charter Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Global PLC 0 0 1 0 3.00
Charter Communications 0 10 10 0 2.50

Liberty Global PLC currently has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.04%. Charter Communications has a consensus price target of $368.19, suggesting a potential downside of 6.31%. Given Liberty Global PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Liberty Global PLC is more favorable than Charter Communications.

Risk & Volatility

Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Charter Communications has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.3% of Liberty Global PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.8% of Charter Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Charter Communications shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Charter Communications beats Liberty Global PLC on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter) is a provider of cable services, offering various entertainments, information and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers. The Company’s services include Video Services, Internet Services, Voice Services, Commercial Services and Advertising Services. Its infrastructure consists of a hybrid of fiber and coaxial cable plant with approximately 12.8 million estimated passings, with over 98% at approximately 550 megahertz (MHz) or greater, over 99% of plant miles two-way active and approximately 100% of plant all-digital. It sells its video, Internet and voice services primarily on a subscription basis, often in a bundle of two or more services. It offers Charter Spectrum brand in its all-digital markets. Digital video enables its customers to access advanced video services, such as high definition (HD) television, video on demand programming, an interactive program guide and digital video recorder (DVR) service.

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