Critical Review: GCI Liberty (NASDAQ:GLIBA) versus The Competition

GCI Liberty (NASDAQ: GLIBA) is one of 74 publicly-traded companies in the “Telephone communication, except radio” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare GCI Liberty to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for GCI Liberty and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GCI Liberty 0 1 3 0 2.75
GCI Liberty Competitors 857 2339 2272 127 2.30

GCI Liberty currently has a consensus price target of $67.25, indicating a potential upside of 16.33%. As a group, “Telephone communication, except radio” companies have a potential upside of 17.16%. Given GCI Liberty’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe GCI Liberty has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares GCI Liberty and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GCI Liberty -118.05% -4.71% -2.43%
GCI Liberty Competitors -9.83% 14.61% 2.93%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.5% of GCI Liberty shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.6% of shares of all “Telephone communication, except radio” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of GCI Liberty shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “Telephone communication, except radio” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares GCI Liberty and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
GCI Liberty $739.76 million -$873.30 million -36.59
GCI Liberty Competitors $18.04 billion $1.71 billion 20.91

GCI Liberty’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than GCI Liberty. GCI Liberty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

GCI Liberty rivals beat GCI Liberty on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

GCI Liberty Company Profile

GCI Liberty, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides various communication services in the United States. The company offers data, wireless, video, voice, and managed services to residential customers, businesses, governmental entities, and educational and medical institutions. It also operates a digital invitation platform that provides custom display advertising, native advertising content, custom video, and brand partnership services. The company is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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