Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYK) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitabiliy, risk and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Charter Communications has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.59, indicating that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Charter Communications and Liberty Global PLC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Charter Communications $40.83 billion 2.52 $14.62 billion $3.45 115.56
Liberty Global PLC $19.36 billion 1.75 $8.61 billion $1.19 27.66

Charter Communications has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Global PLC. Liberty Global PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Charter Communications, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Charter Communications and Liberty Global PLC, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Charter Communications 0 10 10 0 2.50
Liberty Global PLC 0 0 0 0 N/A

Charter Communications currently has a consensus price target of $368.19, indicating a potential downside of 7.65%. Given Charter Communications’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Charter Communications is more favorable than Liberty Global PLC.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.8% of Charter Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of Liberty Global PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Charter Communications shares are owned 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.


This table compares Charter Communications and Liberty Global PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Charter Communications 2.29% 1.15% 0.38%
Liberty Global PLC 7.24% 8.40% 1.59%


Charter Communications beats Liberty Global PLC on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter) is a provider of cable services, offering various entertainments, information and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers. The Company’s services include Video Services, Internet Services, Voice Services, Commercial Services and Advertising Services. Its infrastructure consists of a hybrid of fiber and coaxial cable plant with approximately 12.8 million estimated passings, with over 98% at approximately 550 megahertz (MHz) or greater, over 99% of plant miles two-way active and approximately 100% of plant all-digital. It sells its video, Internet and voice services primarily on a subscription basis, often in a bundle of two or more services. It offers Charter Spectrum brand in its all-digital markets. Digital video enables its customers to access advanced video services, such as high definition (HD) television, video on demand programming, an interactive program guide and digital video recorder (DVR) service.

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