Insider Activity Monitoring: Liberty Global plc (LBTYA)


Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYA) saw a downside of -1.63% to close Tuesday at $21.18 after subtracting -$0.35 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,891,940 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $21.67 in the past week and touched a new high 2 times within the past 5 days. An average of 1,674,565 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,709,670.

LBTYA’s 1-month performance is 10.83% or $2.14 on its low of $18.62 reached on 12/28/22. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $15.22 and high of $29.08, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/20/23. YTD, LBTYA has achieved 11.89% or $2.25 and has reached a new high 6 times. However, the current price is down -27.17% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

LBTYA stock investors last saw insider trading activity on Nov 23.Waldron Jason (SVP & CAO) most recently sold 7,193 shares at $20.40 per share on Nov 23. This transaction cost the insider $146,763. SVP & CAO, Waldron Jason, sold 10,803 shares at a price of $20.25 on Nov 22. Then, on Nov 22, EVP, Gen Counsel & Secretary HALL BRYAN H sold 7,000 shares at a price of $20.10 per share. This transaction amounted to $140,667.

Valuation Metrics

LBTYA stock has a beta of 1.26. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.32 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 0.43, with the price to cash flow ratio at 5.57.

Liberty Global plc’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.60, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.60. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.53, while the total debt to equity was 0.57.. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 56.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $5.81 billion against revenue of $10.31 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Liberty Global plc’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $2.15 billion against total debt of $15.54 billion. Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 88.2% to $2.35 billion, while revenue of $2.79 billion was -18.68% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected LBTYA to announce $0.01 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.86, representing a 8,500.00% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $622.5 million. LBTYA stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 19.13 billion, with total debt at $15.54 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $459.75 million.

Let’s look briefly at Liberty Global plc (LBTYA) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 24 January was 60.61% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 27.41%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $21.17, reflecting a +1.10% or $0.23 change from its current price. LBTYA is currently trading +11.71% above its 20-day SMA, +3.37% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 by +15.55% and SMA200 by-15.14%.

Stochastic %K and %D was 87.21% and 86.71% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.48. The RSI (14) points at 61.65%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 69.57% with the period’s ATR at 0.49. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.25 and 0.44 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA), Bernstein downgraded it to a Mkt perform rating. They previously had an Outperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for LBTYA stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate LBTYA as a “sell,”, while 6 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 11 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is LBTYA’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $20.00 and a high of $50.00, with their median price target at $26.75. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Liberty Global plc (LBTYA) stock is $28.05.


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