Liberty Global Plc (LBTYK)Growth Analysis: Profit Driven by Strength

Liberty Global Plc (LBTYK) is owned by a number of high-value investors. Its largest direct holder is John C. Malone Chairman of the Board with 6,916,397 shares. The second-largest direct holder is Michael T. Fries President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, with 1,135,381 shares of the company’s stock. In third place with 986,770 shares of LBTYK is Paul A. Gould Presiding Independent Director.

Now turning to institutional ownership of Liberty Global Plc (LBTYK), Dodge & Cox is the top holder with 48.16 million shares. The next largest fund holder of this company’s stock is The Baupost Group LLC with 41.94 million shares. In the third-place spot with 40.12 million shares is Eagle Capital Management LLC.

This company’s stock price was $23.92 at the previous market close, with its latest volume reaching 1315038. Compare that to its average daily volume of 4.87M. Given the fact that this stock has 513.20M shares outstanding, its current market value is sitting at $12.27B. Its Price to Sales ratio is 1.06, its Price to Book ratio is 4.23.

LBTYK stock has achieved a 5-day range of $23.27 to $24.32, with a total performance of +2.16% during that period. Meanwhile, in the past month of trading, this stock has traded in the range of $23.21 to $27.67, generating a -10.60% change during the period. In the past three months, this stock’s price has changed by -8.05%, trading in the range of $23.21 to $27.84.

In the past 5 days, shares of LBTYK have made a new high 3 times. In the last month, it has made a new high 3 times, and in the past 3 months, it has made a new high 4 times.

Now let’s turn to this public company’s earnings. For the quarter ending 6/29/2018, the earnings per share (EPS) was reported at 0.8. This is a 0.7 difference compared to the consensus estimate of 0.1, amounting to an earnings surprise of 700.00%. In the previous quarter, which ended in 6/29/2018, the consensus estimate was 0.06, making for an earnings surprise of -2,550.00%. For the quarter ending 9/29/2017, EPS was reported at -0.55, generating a -71.90% earnings surprise.

The Net Income for the most recent full fiscal year, which ended in 12-2018, was $850.0 million. This is compared to the prior year, where Net Income was $-2.72 billion. Meanwhile, this company’s Operating Cash Flow was $5.96 billion for the year, compared to $5.71 billion in 2017. Capital Expenditures for the year were reportedly -$1.45 billion, compared to -$1.25 billion, and Free Cash flow was $4.51 billion compared to the prior year’s $4.46 billion.

Liberty Global Plc (LBTYK) stock currently has a Financial Strength score of 2/10. This is due to a combination of factors, including a Cash to Debt ratio of 0.04, an Equity to Asset ratio of 0.08, a Debt to Equity ratio of 7.24 and a Debt to EBITDA of 6.21. The Interest Coverage of this stock is 0.67, its Piotroski F-Score is 7, its Altman Z-Score is 0.23 and its Beneish M-Score is -2.86.

This publicly-traded company’s Profitability and Growth score is 5/10, thanks to a combination of things: an Operating Margin of 8.41, a Net Margin of 9.18, a ROE of 22.35, and a ROC of 7.94.

Shifting focus now to Valuation and Return for LBTYK, this company’s Price to Median PS Value is 1.08. Price to Peter Lynch Fair Value for LBTYK is now 0.00. Meanwhile, its Forward Rate of Return (Yactman) is 9.68.

Certain ratios provide helpful insights into how a stock is performing. The Quick Ratio for LBTYK is sitting at 0.39, while its Current Ratio is 0.39. This stock’s PB Ratio is 4.98, its PS Ratio is 1.84, its Forward PE Ratio is 128.21. Similarly, its Price to Owner Earnings is 5.15, its Price to Free Cash Flow is 5.4 and its Price to Operating Cash Flow is 4.07.