Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ: HMTV) and Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRDA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Hemisphere Media Group and Liberty Broadband Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hemisphere Media Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Liberty Broadband Corporation 0 0 4 0 3.00

Hemisphere Media Group presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.03%. Liberty Broadband Corporation has a consensus price target of $96.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. Given Hemisphere Media Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hemisphere Media Group is more favorable than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.2% of Hemisphere Media Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.6% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.7% of Hemisphere Media Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Liberty Broadband Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hemisphere Media Group and Liberty Broadband Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hemisphere Media Group $140.86 million 3.91 $56.15 million $0.45 28.67
Liberty Broadband Corporation $30.00 million 616.10 -$10.84 million N/A N/A

Hemisphere Media Group has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Broadband Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

Hemisphere Media Group has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Broadband Corporation has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Hemisphere Media Group and Liberty Broadband Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hemisphere Media Group 12.82% 6.81% 3.44%
Liberty Broadband Corporation 106.58% 0.38% 0.33%

Summary

Hemisphere Media Group beats Liberty Broadband Corporation on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hemisphere Media Group Company Profile

Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. is a Spanish-language media company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company served the United States Hispanic and Latin American markets with five Spanish-language cable television networks distributed in the United States, two Spanish-language cable television networks distributed in Latin America, and a broadcast television network in Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated the Spanish language networks and content production platform, including movie and telenovela channels, two Hispanic entertainment genres, and the cable television networks. The Company’s United States Hispanic groups include Cinelatino, WAPA, WAPA America, Pasiones, Centroamerica TV and Television Dominicana. WAPA is an independent broadcast television network. WAPA is distributed by various cable, satellite and telecommunication service providers in Puerto Rico.

Liberty Broadband Corporation Company Profile

Liberty Broadband Corporation holds interest in Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter) and its subsidiary Skyhook Holding, Inc. (Skyhook). The Company’s segments include Skyhook, Charter, and Corporate and other. Skyhook provides a wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi)-based location platform focused on providing positioning technology and contextual location intelligence solutions. Charter is an equity method investment that provides cable services in the United States, offering a range of entertainment, information and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers. Charter offers its customers subscription-based video services, including video on demand (VOD), high definition television, and digital video recorder service, Internet services and voice services. Skyhook’s Wi-Fi location solution can be used to help carriers and emergency personnel offer E-9-1-1 services domestically. Charter offers broadband communications solutions for businesses and carrier organizations.

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