Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: BATRK) and Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ:CETV) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Liberty Media Corporation and Central European Media Enterprises’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Media Corporation $263.00 million 4.73 -$22.00 million ($2.31) -10.88
Central European Media Enterprises $650.66 million 0.93 $162.63 million ($0.10) -42.00

Central European Media Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Media Corporation. Central European Media Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Media Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Media Corporation and Central European Media Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Media Corporation N/A N/A N/A
Central European Media Enterprises 2.82% -18.46% 1.26%

Risk and Volatility

Liberty Media Corporation has a beta of 2.41, indicating that its stock price is 141% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Central European Media Enterprises has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.0% of Liberty Media Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.4% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Liberty Media Corporation and Central European Media Enterprises, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Media Corporation 1 0 0 0 1.00
Central European Media Enterprises 0 0 2 0 3.00

Liberty Media Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.49%. Central European Media Enterprises has a consensus target price of $3.30, indicating a potential downside of 21.43%. Given Liberty Media Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Liberty Media Corporation is more favorable than Central European Media Enterprises.

Summary

Central European Media Enterprises beats Liberty Media Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liberty Media Corporation Company Profile

Liberty Media Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are engaged in the media and entertainment industries. The Company’s principal businesses and assets include its consolidated subsidiaries Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRIUS XM) and Braves Holdings, LLC (Braves Holdings), and its equity affiliate Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (Live Nation). The Company’s segments are SIRIUS XM, and Corporate and other. SIRIUS XM provides a subscription-based satellite radio service. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company principally operates in North America. The Company also owns a portfolio of minority equity investments in publicly traded media companies, including Time Warner, Inc. and Viacom, Inc. SIRIUS XM transmits music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic and weather channels, as well as infotainment services, in the United States on a subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems.

Central European Media Enterprises Company Profile

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME Ltd.) is a media and entertainment company operating in Central and Eastern Europe. The Company’s assets are held through a series of Dutch and Curacao holding companies. The Company manages its business on a geographical basis, with six segments: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. The Bulgaria segment operated one general entertainment channel, BTV, and five other channels, including BTV CINEMA, BTV COMEDY, RING.BG, BTV ACTION and BTV LADY, as of December 31, 2016. The Croatia segment operated one general entertainment channel, NOVA TV (Croatia), as of December 31, 2016. The Czech Republic segment operated one general entertainment channel, TV NOVA (Czech Republic), as of December 31, 2016. The Romania segment operated one general entertainment channel, PRO TV, as of December 31, 2016. The Slovak Republic segment operated one general entertainment channel, TV MARKIZA, as of December 31, 2016.

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