Amc Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) and Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYB) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amc Networks and Liberty Global’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amc Networks $2.97 billion 1.03 $446.19 million $8.69 6.27
Liberty Global $11.96 billion 1.55 $725.30 million N/A N/A

Liberty Global has higher revenue and earnings than Amc Networks.

Volatility & Risk

Amc Networks has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.6% of Amc Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 21.0% of Amc Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of Liberty Global shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Amc Networks and Liberty Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amc Networks 14.35% 152.19% 9.53%
Liberty Global 16.23% -2.41% -0.20%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Amc Networks and Liberty Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amc Networks 4 3 0 0 1.43
Liberty Global 0 0 0 0 N/A

Amc Networks presently has a consensus price target of $59.40, suggesting a potential upside of 9.07%. Given Amc Networks’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Amc Networks is more favorable than Liberty Global.

About Amc Networks

AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates various cable television's brands delivering content to audiences, and a platform to distributors and advertisers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, National Networks; and International and Other. The National Networks segment operates five distributed entertainment programming networks under the AMC, WE tv, BBC AMERICA, IFC, and SundanceTV names in high definition and standard definition formats. This segment distributes its networks in the United States through cable and other multichannel video programming distribution platforms, such as direct broadcast satellite and platforms operated by telecommunications providers. The International and Other segment delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming services for subscribers in approximately 130 countries and territories. This segment also operates in independent film distribution business that distributes films across various media platforms, including theaters, cable/satellite video on demand, cable network television, streaming/downloading to internet-connected screens, and DVDs. The company also provides subscription streaming and talent management services. AMC Networks Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Liberty Global

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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