Head to Head Comparison: ITV PLC/ADR (ITVPY) vs. Liberty Global PLC Class A (LBTYA)

ITV PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: ITVPY) and Liberty Global PLC Class A (NASDAQ:LBTYA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.


ITV PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Liberty Global PLC Class A does not pay a dividend. ITV PLC/ADR pays out 63.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares ITV PLC/ADR and Liberty Global PLC Class A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Global PLC Class A -20.88% -35.66% -5.11%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ITV PLC/ADR and Liberty Global PLC Class A’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ITV PLC/ADR $4.04 billion 2.40 $527.11 million $2.06 11.67
Liberty Global PLC Class A $15.05 billion 1.55 -$2.78 billion ($2.29) -12.79

ITV PLC/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Liberty Global PLC Class A. Liberty Global PLC Class A is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ITV PLC/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ITV PLC/ADR and Liberty Global PLC Class A, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ITV PLC/ADR 1 0 0 0 1.00
Liberty Global PLC Class A 3 0 12 0 2.60

Liberty Global PLC Class A has a consensus price target of $40.30, indicating a potential upside of 37.59%. Given Liberty Global PLC Class A’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Global PLC Class A is more favorable than ITV PLC/ADR.

Risk and Volatility

ITV PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global PLC Class A has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of ITV PLC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.2% of Liberty Global PLC Class A shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of Liberty Global PLC Class A shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


ITV plc, an integrated producer broadcaster, creates, owns, and distributes content on various platforms worldwide. It operates through Broadcast & Online, and ITV Studios segments. The Broadcast & Online segment broadcasts various contents on its family of free-to-air channels, including ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe, ITV Encore, CITV, ITV Breakfast, CITV Breakfast, and various related +1 and HD equivalents; and offers television advertising services. It also delivers content through linear television broadcasting; ITV Hub, an over-the-top service on 29 platforms, including itv.com Website; and pay providers, such as Virgin and Sky, as well as through direct content deals with services comprising Amazon, Apple, and Netflix. In addition, this segment offers online advertising, HD digital channel on pay platform, and ITV Choice subscription services, as well as licenses DTT Multiplex A. The ITV Studios segment creates and produces programs and formats that include drama, entertainment, and factual entertainment for its own channels and other broadcasters, such as the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky. It also operates as an unscripted independent producer of content in the United States; and produces content for local broadcasters in Australia, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Nordics. In addition, this segment's distribution business licenses finished programs and formats, and third-party content internationally, as well as finances productions. The company also engages in the development of platform, broadband, transactional, and mobile services; operation of Freeview Multiplex A; rights ownership and distribution of television programs and films; and scheduling and commissioning of television programs. ITV plc was founded in 1955 is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

About Liberty Global PLC Class A

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, mobile, and other communications services to residential customers and businesses in Europe. It offers video services, including digital video programming and audio services starting with a basic video service, video-on-demand, electronic programming guide, various premium channel packages, digital video recorders, various mobile applications, and set-top boxes. The company provides entertainment, sports, movies, documentaries, lifestyles, news, adult, children, and ethnic and foreign channels. It also offers Wi-Fi and Internet services, such as email, address book, and parental controls; security; online storage solutions and Web spaces; and Connect Box, a connectivity device that delivers in-home Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, it offers community Wi-Fi via routers in home, which provides access to the Internet; public Wi-Fi access points in train stations, hotels, bars, restaurants, and other public places. In addition, the company provides circuit-switched telephony services; and mobile services comprising voice, short message service, and Internet access. Further, it offers voice, advanced data, video, wireless, cloud-based services, and mobile and converged fixed-mobile services to small or home offices, small businesses, and medium and large enterprises, as well as on a wholesale basis to other operators. Liberty Global plc was founded in 2004 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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