Electronics For Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII) and Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Electronics For Imaging and Seagate Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electronics For Imaging $992.07 million 1.38 $45.54 million $0.65 46.14
Seagate Technology $10.77 billion 1.15 $772.00 million $2.64 16.26

Seagate Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Electronics For Imaging. Seagate Technology 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.

Risk & Volatility

Electronics For Imaging has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seagate Technology has a beta of 1.67, indicating that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Electronics For Imaging and Seagate Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electronics For Imaging 1 5 7 0 2.46
Seagate Technology 3 21 5 1 2.13

Electronics For Imaging currently has a consensus target price of $44.22, suggesting a potential upside of 47.46%. Seagate Technology has a consensus target price of $41.77, suggesting a potential downside of 2.70%. Given Electronics For Imaging’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Electronics For Imaging is more favorable than Seagate Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Electronics For Imaging and Seagate Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electronics For Imaging 3.09% 3.67% 2.01%
Seagate Technology 7.41% 84.50% 13.27%

Dividends

Seagate Technology pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Electronics For Imaging does not pay a dividend. Seagate Technology pays out 95.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Seagate Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Electronics For Imaging shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Seagate Technology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Seagate Technology beats Electronics For Imaging on 10 of the 17 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 Seagate Technology

Seagate Technology public limited company is a provider of electronic data storage technology and solutions. The Company’s principal products are hard disk drives (HDDs). In addition to HDDs, it produces a range of electronic data storage products, including solid state hybrid drives, solid state drives, peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) cards and serial advanced technology architecture (SATA) controllers. Its storage technology portfolio also includes storage subsystems and high performance computing solutions. Its products are designed for applications in enterprise servers and storage systems, client compute applications and client non-compute applications. It designs, fabricates and assembles various components found in its disk drives, including read/write heads and recording media. Its design and manufacturing operations are based on technology platforms that are used to produce various disk drive products that serve multiple data storage applications and markets.

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