Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ: SMCI) and Switch (NYSE:SWCH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Super Micro Computer and Switch’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Super Micro Computer||$2.53 billion||0.38||$69.32 million||$1.34||14.89|
|Switch||$318.35 million||15.59||$31.36 million||N/A||N/A|
Super Micro Computer has higher revenue and earnings than Switch.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
77.0% of Super Micro Computer shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.0% of Super Micro Computer shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Super Micro Computer and Switch, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Super Micro Computer||0||5||3||0||2.38|
Super Micro Computer currently has a consensus price target of $30.17, indicating a potential upside of 51.21%. Switch has a consensus price target of $22.20, indicating a potential upside of 10.83%. Given Super Micro Computer’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Super Micro Computer is more favorable than Switch.
This table compares Super Micro Computer and Switch’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Super Micro Computer||2.74%||9.08%||5.08%|
Super Micro Computer beats Switch on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Super Micro Computer
Super Micro Computer, Inc. is engaged in developing and providing end-to-end green computing solutions to the cloud computing, data center, enterprise information technology (IT), big data, high performance computing (HPC) and Internet of Things (IoT)/embedded markets. The Company’s solutions range from server, storage, blade and workstations to full racks, networking devices, server management software and technology support and services. The Company sells its server systems and server subsystems and accessories through a combination of distributors, including value added resellers and system integrators, and other equipment manufacturers (OEMs). As of June 30, 2016, the Company offered over 4,950 stock keeping units (SKUs), including SKUs for server and storage systems, serverboards, chassis, power supplies and other system accessories. The Company develops and manufactures server solutions based upon a modular and open architecture.
Switch, Inc. is a technology infrastructure company. The Company is developer and operator of the SUPERNAP, data center facilities, and provides colocation, telecommunications, cloud services, and content ecosystems. The Company designs, constructs and operates hyperscale data centers that address the growing challenges facing the data center industry. The Company’s patented technologies include 100% hot aisle containment rows, exterior wall penetrating multi-mode HVAC units, hot and cold containment segregation structure, redundant data center roofing system, multi-system power containers, data center infrastructure management system (DCIM).
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