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Critical Survey: Wayfair (W) & Liberty Interactive Corp (NASDAQ:LINTA) |

Critical Survey: Wayfair (W) & Liberty Interactive Corp (NASDAQ:LINTA)

Wayfair (NYSE: W) and Liberty Interactive Corp (NASDAQ:LINTA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.


Earnings Valuation

This table compares Wayfair and Liberty Interactive Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Liberty Interactive Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Wayfair.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.2% of Wayfair shares are held by institutional investors. 56.9% of Wayfair shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Wayfair and Liberty Interactive Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Wayfair presently has a consensus target price of $74.19, indicating a potential upside of 10.07%. Given Wayfair’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Wayfair is more favorable than Liberty Interactive Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Wayfair and Liberty Interactive Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Summary

Wayfair beats Liberty Interactive Corp on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Wayfair

Wayfair Inc. (Wayfair) offers browsing, merchandising and product discovery for a range of products from various suppliers. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. and International. The U.S. segment consists of amounts earned through product sales through the Company’s five sites in the United States and through sites operated by third parties in the United States. The International segment consists of amounts earned through product sales through its international sites. It has an online selection of furniture, decor, decorative accents, housewares, seasonal decor and other home goods. As of December 31, 2016, it had offered five sites, including Websites, mobile-optimized Websites and mobile applications: Wayfair, Joss Main, AllModern, DwellStudio and Birch Lane. Wayfair is an online destination for all things home. Birch Lane offers a collection of furnishings and home decor. Its sites feature certain products under its house brands, such as Three Posts and Mercury Row.

About Liberty Interactive Corp

Liberty Interactive Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily) and and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. As of December 31, 2016, QVC marketed and sold a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandise-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approximately 362 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor.

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