Liberty Global plc (LBTYK): Spotting Value From Recent Insider Activity

Bracken Charles H R parted with a total of 46.05 thousand shares of Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) at average share price of $27.27. This insider trade in the company took place on 09/17/2018. The total for the sales was set at $1.26 million. After this transaction, the EVP & CFO account balance stood at 0 thousand shares. The stock lost -25.41 percent since that insider sale. On 06/06/2018, Gould Paul A, Director, sold 17.93 thousand shares at a price per share of $28.24. This removed 506.31 thousand shares from the insider’s fortune and the stock saw a -27.97 percent retreat in value since the news became public. This transaction left 970.26 thousand shares in the Director account.

On 06/04/2018, Director Sparkman J C performed a sale transaction worth $1.21 million. This sale at $28.88 each has eliminated 41.86 thousand shares from the insider’s portfolio position. Meanwhile, shares have recorded -29.57 percent decrease since the transaction was reported. The insider now is left with 26.3 thousand shares remaining in the account. Dick John W, who performs the Director job, sold 22.7 thousand shares for $630.83 thousand. The disposal occurred on 05/31/2018 was priced at $27.79 per share. The share price plunged -26.81 percent since the reporting date. Dick John W now left with a stake of 62.51 thousand LBTYK stock worth $1.27 million after the insider selling.

The 12-month median price target for Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) assigned by the analysts stands at $35.9, which represents a return potential of 76.5 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $20.34 on Friday, January 11. The lowest price target for the stock is $16 — slightly more than -21.34 percent from LBTYK’s current share price. The stock will probably climb 79.45 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $46.5-month high price target. This represents a whopping 128.61 percent increase from where shares are trading today.

On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 41.03 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $19.22 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $20.67 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $20.99 level. The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $19.78. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $19.22. Till the time, the LBTYK stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear.

Shares of Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) are trading at a P/E ratio of 0 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry LBTYK operates in has an average P/E of 16.03. Its P/E ratio went as low as 14.18X and as high as 14.18 over the 5-year span. Further, it is sporting a 0.69 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 4.52. 0 percent is the gross profit margin for Liberty Global plc and operating margin sits at 0 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 0 percent.

On 11th of January, Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYK) shares ended higher after a volatile session. The shares accumulated 0.55 points or 2.78 percent at $20.34 with a heavy trade volume of 6.146 million shares. After opening the session at $19.76, the shares went as high as $20.43 and as low as $19.545, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $11 billion and now has 538.31 million shares outstanding. Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) stock has lost -11.57 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

LBTYK stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 0, offering the possibility of a lower rate of return, but also posing less risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was -$0.3 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has fallen -1.45 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -38.99 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -46.28 percent away from its 1-year high of $37.86 and 5.72 percent up from 52-week low of $19.24. The average consensus rating on the company is 0, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a buy.