SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) and Lexmark International (NYSE:LXK) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Lexmark International pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. SMART Technologies does not pay a dividend. Lexmark International pays out -133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lexmark International has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares SMART Technologies and Lexmark International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%
Lexmark International 2.17% 7.30% 2.01%

Volatility & Risk

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lexmark International has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SMART Technologies and Lexmark International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lexmark International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.8% of Lexmark International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Lexmark International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SMART Technologies and Lexmark International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($5.46) -0.82
Lexmark International N/A N/A N/A ($1.08) -37.49

Lexmark International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SMART Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Lexmark International beats SMART Technologies on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Lexmark International

Lexmark International, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services. The Company’s software scans everything from spreadsheets to medical images, and provides services to banking, healthcare, insurance and retail companies. It creates enterprise software, hardware and services that remove inefficiencies of information silos and disconnected processes. It offers various services, such as managed print services, hardware warranty and repair service, professional services and enterprise software services. It offers solutions, such as financial process automation, business process management, Web information integration and consumer loan origination. Its hardware category includes equipment collection program, and Smart multifunction product (MFP) includes device management and mobile print solutions. It produces and distributes millions of supplies each year, including ink, toner and paper.

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