CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDW) and Infoblox (NYSE:BLOX) 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.7% of CDW Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Infoblox shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of CDW Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Infoblox 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CDW Corporation and Infoblox, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CDW Corporation 0 2 5 1 2.88
Infoblox 0 1 0 0 2.00

CDW Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $66.56, suggesting a potential upside of 0.85%. Given CDW Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CDW Corporation is more favorable than Infoblox.

Dividends

CDW Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Infoblox does not pay a dividend. CDW Corporation pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CDW Corporation and Infoblox’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CDW Corporation 2.95% 58.89% 8.11%
Infoblox -11.94% -17.84% -9.05%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CDW Corporation and Infoblox’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CDW Corporation $14.52 billion 0.70 $1.09 billion $2.63 25.10
Infoblox N/A N/A N/A ($0.25) -105.80

CDW Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Infoblox. Infoblox is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CDW Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

CDW Corporation has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Infoblox has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CDW Corporation beats Infoblox on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CDW Corporation

CDW Corporation (CDW) is a provider of integrated information technology (IT) solutions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company’s segments include Corporate, Public and Other. The Corporate segment consists of private sector business customers in the United States based on employee size between Medium/Large customers, which primarily includes organizations with more than 100 employees, and Small Business customers, which primarily includes organizations with up to 100 employees. Its Public segment comprises government agencies and education and healthcare institutions in the United States. Its Other segment includes Canada and CDW UK. The CDW Advanced Services business consists primarily of customized engineering services delivered by technology specialists and engineers, and managed services that include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings. The Company has centralized logistics and headquarters functions that provide services to the segments.

About Infoblox

Infoblox Inc. (Infoblox) is a United States-based company, which delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government and service provider customers across the world. The Company’s products include core network services, such as domain name system (DNS), dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), Internet protocol address manager (IPAM) data documentation initiative (DDI); Private Cloud/Virtualization; Public/Hybrid Cloud; Reporting and Analytics, and Network Insight. Its products also include DNS, such as DNS Firewall, Advanced DNS Protection, Threat Insight and Active Trust, and network automation, such as NetMRI. Its solutions include information technology (IT) compliance and digital economy. It offers solutions for Microsoft and Infoblox, Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) readiness and cybersecurity ecosystem. It supports offerings, such as Infoblox BloxCare Premium and Elite Maintenance programs, as well as its optional Technical Account Manager service.

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