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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liberty Broadband Corporation and Cablevision Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Broadband Corporation $30.00 million 600.47 -$10.84 million N/A N/A
Cablevision Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Cablevision Systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Liberty Broadband Corporation and Cablevision Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Broadband Corporation 0 0 4 0 3.00
Cablevision Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Liberty Broadband Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $96.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.10%. Given Liberty Broadband Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Liberty Broadband Corporation is more favorable than Cablevision Systems.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.6% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are held by company 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 Liberty Broadband Corporation and Cablevision Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Broadband Corporation 106.58% 0.38% 0.33%
Cablevision Systems 5.75% N/A 5.59%

Summary

Liberty Broadband Corporation beats Cablevision Systems on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Cablevision Systems Company Profile

Cablevision Systems Corporation (Cablevision), through its subsidiary, CSC Holdings, LLC (CSC Holdings), operates cable operations business in the United States. The Company operates in three segments: Cable, Lightpath and Other. The Company’s Cable segment offers Cable television service, which delivers multiple channels of video programming to subscribers who pay a monthly fee for the services they receive. The Company operates Lightpath segmeny, through its subsidiary, Cablevision Lightpath, Inc. (Lightpath), which provides Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice and video transport and managed services to the business market in the New York metropolitan area. Lightpath also provides managed information technology services to businesses, including hosted voice services, managed wireless fidelity, managed desktop and server backup, and managed collaboration services. The Other segment operations consist of the operations of Newsday, News 12 Networks and Cablevision Media Sales.

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