Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ: HMTV) and Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRDK) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Hemisphere Media Group has a beta of 0.45, indicating that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Broadband Corporation has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hemisphere Media Group and Liberty Broadband Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hemisphere Media Group $140.71 million 3.61 $57.69 million $0.45 26.45
Liberty Broadband Corporation $29.90 million 539.85 -$14.21 million N/A N/A

Hemisphere Media Group has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Hemisphere Media Group and Liberty Broadband Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hemisphere Media Group 12.82% 6.81% 3.44%
Liberty Broadband Corporation 3,095.01% 10.95% 9.68%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.1% of Hemisphere Media Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.7% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 21.4% of Hemisphere Media Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.8% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Hemisphere Media Group and Liberty Broadband Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hemisphere Media Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Liberty Broadband Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

Hemisphere Media Group currently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 34.45%. Liberty Broadband Corporation has a consensus price target of $95.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.01%. Given Hemisphere Media Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Hemisphere Media Group is more favorable than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

About Hemisphere Media Group

Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. is a Spanish-language media company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company served the United States Hispanic and Latin American markets with five Spanish-language cable television networks distributed in the United States, two Spanish-language cable television networks distributed in Latin America, and a broadcast television network in Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated the Spanish language networks and content production platform, including movie and telenovela channels, two Hispanic entertainment genres, and the cable television networks. The Company’s United States Hispanic groups include Cinelatino, WAPA, WAPA America, Pasiones, Centroamerica TV and Television Dominicana. WAPA is an independent broadcast television network. WAPA is distributed by various cable, satellite and telecommunication service providers in Puerto Rico.

About Liberty Broadband Corporation

Liberty Broadband Corporation holds interest in Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter) and its subsidiary Skyhook Holding, Inc. (Skyhook). The Company’s segments include Skyhook, Charter, and Corporate and other. Skyhook provides a wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi)-based location platform focused on providing positioning technology and contextual location intelligence solutions. Charter is an equity method investment that provides cable services in the United States, offering a range of entertainment, information and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers. Charter offers its customers subscription-based video services, including video on demand (VOD), high definition television, and digital video recorder service, Internet services and voice services. Skyhook’s Wi-Fi location solution can be used to help carriers and emergency personnel offer E-9-1-1 services domestically. Charter offers broadband communications solutions for businesses and carrier organizations.

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