Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII) and SMART Technologies (NASDAQ:SMT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Electronics for Imaging shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Electronics for Imaging and SMART Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Electronics for Imaging||4.70%||5.58%||3.07%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Electronics for Imaging and SMART Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Electronics for Imaging||$988.02 million||1.97||$130.87 million||$0.98||42.78|
Electronics for Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than SMART Technologies. SMART Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Electronics for Imaging, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Electronics for Imaging and SMART Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Electronics for Imaging||1||2||10||0||2.69|
Electronics for Imaging currently has a consensus target price of $51.44, indicating a potential upside of 22.72%. Given Electronics for Imaging’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Electronics for Imaging is more favorable than SMART Technologies.
Volatility and Risk
Electronics for Imaging has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Electronics for Imaging beats SMART Technologies on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Electronics for Imaging
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is engaged in digital printing, focused on the transformation of the printing, packaging, ceramic tile decoration, and textile industries from the use of traditional analog-based printing to digital on-demand printing. It operates through three segments. The Industrial Inkjet segment consists of its VUTEk and Matan super-wide and wide format display graphics, Reggiani textile, Jetrion label and packaging and Cretaprint ceramic tile decoration and construction material industrial digital inkjet printers; ceramic, water-based, and thermoforming ink, and digital inkjet printer parts, and professional services. The Productivity Software segment consists of a software suite that enables automated end-to-end business and production workflows for the print and packaging industry. The Fiery segment consists of digital front ends that transform digital copiers and printers into networked printing devices for the office, industrial and commercial printing markets.
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. (SMART) is a provider of technology solutions. SMART solutions include large-format displays, collaboration software and services that enable teaching, learning and work experiences in schools and workplaces. Its hardware and software products for the education market include SMART Board interactive flat panels, SMART kapp digital capture board, SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART Learning Suite Software, SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART lab, SMART response 2, SMART amp collaborative learning software and SMART Exchange. It offers a range of visual collaboration solutions, consisting of software combined with touch-sensitive interactive displays and remote conferencing capabilities. Its hardware and software products for the enterprise market include SMART kapp iQ and SMART kapp iQ Pro, kapp digital capture board, SMART Room System for Microsoft Skype for Business, SMART Meeting Pro software and Bridgit conferencing software.
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