DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRDA) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.0% of DISH Network Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.6% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 49.3% of DISH Network Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares DISH Network Corporation and Liberty Broadband Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DISH Network Corporation 7.21% 27.88% 4.68%
Liberty Broadband Corporation 106.58% 0.38% 0.33%

Risk & Volatility

DISH Network Corporation has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Broadband Corporation has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for DISH Network Corporation and Liberty Broadband Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DISH Network Corporation 3 6 8 0 2.29
Liberty Broadband Corporation 0 0 4 0 3.00

DISH Network Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $71.09, indicating a potential upside of 17.28%. Liberty Broadband Corporation has a consensus target price of $96.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.13%. Given DISH Network Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe DISH Network Corporation is more favorable than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares DISH Network Corporation and Liberty Broadband Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DISH Network Corporation $14.95 billion 1.89 $3.17 billion $2.19 27.68
Liberty Broadband Corporation $30.00 million 594.53 -$10.84 million N/A N/A

DISH Network Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

Summary

DISH Network Corporation beats Liberty Broadband Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

DISH Network Corporation Company Profile

DISH Network Corporation is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Pay-TV and Broadband, and Wireless. It offers pay-TV services under the DISH brand and the Sling brand (collectively Pay-TV services). The DISH branded pay-TV service consists of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses authorizing it to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, its owned and leased satellites, receiver systems, third-party broadcast operations, customer service facilities, a leased fiber optic network, in-home service and call center operations, and certain other assets utilized in its operations. The Sling branded pay-TV services consist of live, linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programing services. The Company markets broadband services under the dishNET brand. The Company makes investments in the research and development, wireless testing and wireless network infrastructure.

Liberty Broadband Corporation Company Profile

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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