Critical Survey: Ideanomics (NASDAQ:IDEX) versus Liberty Broadband Corp Series C (NASDAQ:LBRDK)

Ideanomics (NASDAQ:IDEX) and Liberty Broadband Corp Series C (NASDAQ:LBRDK) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Ideanomics and Liberty Broadband Corp Series C, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ideanomics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Liberty Broadband Corp Series C 0 2 0 0 2.00

Liberty Broadband Corp Series C has a consensus target price of $121.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.01%. Given Liberty Broadband Corp Series C’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Broadband Corp Series C is more favorable than Ideanomics.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ideanomics and Liberty Broadband Corp Series C’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ideanomics $377.74 million 0.53 -$27.43 million N/A N/A
Liberty Broadband Corp Series C $22.26 million 808.28 $69.95 million $0.38 260.97

Liberty Broadband Corp Series C has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ideanomics.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.7% of Ideanomics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.8% of Liberty Broadband Corp Series C shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.8% of Ideanomics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.8% of Liberty Broadband Corp Series C shares 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.

Profitability

This table compares Ideanomics and Liberty Broadband Corp Series C’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ideanomics -1.73% -7.79% -2.69%
Liberty Broadband Corp Series C 507.95% 0.67% 0.59%

Volatility and Risk

Ideanomics has a beta of 2.47, meaning that its stock price is 147% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Broadband Corp Series C has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Liberty Broadband Corp Series C beats Ideanomics on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ideanomics

Ideanomics, Inc. operates as a financial technology and asset digitization services company. The company operates in two segments, Legacy YOD and Wecast Service. It engages in the provision of business consulting services related to traditional financings, as well as in developing digital asset securitization services through artificial intelligence and blockchain enabled financial services platforms. In addition, the company engages in consumer electronics e-commerce and smart supply chain management operations, as well as in oil trading business. Further, it provides premium content and integrated value-added service solutions for the delivery of video on demand and paid video programing to digital cable providers, Internet protocol television providers, over-the-top streaming providers, mobile manufacturers, and operators, as well as direct customers. The company was formerly known as Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. Ideanomics, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Liberty Broadband Corp Series C

Liberty Broadband Corporation, a cable operator, provides video, Internet, and voice services to residential, and small and medium business customers in the United States. The company operates through Skyhook and Charter segments. The Skyhook segment offers Precision Location Solution, a location determination service for mobile device makers, wireless carriers, and asset tracking platforms to understand the precise geographic location and movement of mobile devices, as well as for enhancing the location determination capabilities of a hybrid location system. It also provides Geospatial Insights, a location intelligence and data insights service for enterprises, research and consulting firms, financial institutions, and advertisers to understand, measure, and optimize the performance of businesses; benchmark performance against competitors; enhance customer experience; advertise to, and target existing and prospective customers; and measure the efficacy of advertising campaigns in driving real-world actions. The Charter segment offers subscription-based video services comprising video on demand, high definition television, and digital video recorder service; and local and long distance calling, voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, call forwarding, and other voice services, as well as international calling services. It also provides Internet services, including an in-home Wi-Fi product that provides customers with high performance wireless routers; out-of-home Wi-Fi service for Internet customers at designated hot spots; and a security suite that offers protection against computer viruses and spyware. In addition, this segment offers Internet access, data networking, fiber connectivity to cellular towers and office buildings, video entertainment, and business telephone services; advertising services on cable television networks and digital outlets; and regional sports and news networks distribution services. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado.

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