GCI Liberty (NASDAQ:GLIBA) and SoftBank Group (OTCMKTS:SFTBY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for GCI Liberty and SoftBank Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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GCI Liberty presently has a consensus target price of $69.20, suggesting a potential upside of 16.50%. Given GCI Liberty’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe GCI Liberty is more favorable than SoftBank Group.
SoftBank Group pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. GCI Liberty does not pay a dividend. SoftBank Group pays out 4.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility and Risk
GCI Liberty has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SoftBank Group has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
88.4% of GCI Liberty shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of SoftBank Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of GCI Liberty shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares GCI Liberty and SoftBank Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings and Valuation
This table compares GCI Liberty and SoftBank Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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SoftBank Group has higher revenue and earnings than GCI Liberty. GCI Liberty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SoftBank Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
GCI Liberty beats SoftBank Group on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About GCI Liberty
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.
About SoftBank Group
SoftBank Group Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the information industry in Japan and internationally. The company operates through six segments: Domestic Telecommunications, Sprint, Yahoo Japan, Distribution, ARM, and SoftBank Vision Fund and Delta Fund. The Domestic Telecommunications segment provides mobile communications and broadband services; and telecom services, such as data communications and fixed-line telephone services to corporate customers, as well as sells mobile devices. The Sprint segment offers mobile communications and fixed-line telecommunications services; and leases and sells mobile devices and accessories. The Yahoo Japan segment is involved in Internet advertising, e-commerce, and membership service businesses. The Distribution segment distributes mobile devices; and sells PC software, peripherals, and mobile device accessories. The ARM segment designs microprocessor intellectual property and related technology; and sells software tools. The SoftBank Vision Fund and Delta Fund segment is involved in investment activities. Further, the company operates professional baseball team, as well as manages and maintains baseball stadium and other sports facilities; provides visual, audio, and data content distribution services; generates, supplies, and sells electricity from renewable energy sources; operates IT information site; offers solutions and services for online businesses; and operates software site, through which it conducts an online game business for mobile phones and PCs, as well as engages in robotics planning, development, and marketing activities. SoftBank Group Corp. was formerly known as SoftBank Corp. and changed its name to SoftBank Group Corp. in July 2015. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
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