Liberty Media (NASDAQ: FWONA) and Media General (NYSE:MEG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Liberty Media and Media General, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Media 0 5 4 0 2.44
Media General 0 0 1 0 3.00

Liberty Media currently has a consensus price target of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.97%. Media General has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Media General’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Media General is more favorable than Liberty Media.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.9% of Liberty Media shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.8% of Media General shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Liberty Media shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of Media General shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Media and Media General’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Media N/A -0.59% -0.31%
Media General -4.25% 6.92% 2.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Liberty Media and Media General’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Media $5.28 billion 1.44 $680.00 million N/A N/A
Media General N/A N/A N/A ($0.48) N/A

Liberty Media has higher revenue and earnings than Media General.

Summary

Media General beats Liberty Media on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liberty Media Company Profile

Liberty Media Corporation (Liberty) owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are engaged in the media and entertainment industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company principally operates in North America. Its principal businesses and assets include its consolidated subsidiaries Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRIUS XM) and the Braves Holdings, LLC (Braves Holdings), and its equity affiliate Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (Live Nation). The Company operates through two segments: SIRIUS X, and corporate and other. SIRIUS XM transmits its 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 its approximately two satellite radio systems. SIRIUS XM has approximately 29.6 million subscribers. Its corporate and other segment includes its consolidated subsidiary, Braves Holdings.

Media General Company Profile

Media General, Inc. is a television broadcasting and digital media company. The Company provides news, information and entertainment in markets across the United States. The Company operates or services 71 network-affiliated broadcast television stations in 48 markets along with the digital media business. The Company’s network affiliations include twelve CBS stations, nine NBC stations, seven ABC stations, one FOX station, one CW station and one MyNetworkTV station. The Company offers consumers and advertisers with entertainment and information, content and distribution on every screen. Its portfolio of broadcast, digital and mobile products informs and engages 23% of United States Television (TV) households and 43% of the United States Internet audience. The Company has the diverse digital media business with a portfolio that includes LIN Digital, LIN Mobile, HYFN, Dedicated Media, Federated Media and BiteSizeTV.

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