QLogic (NASDAQ: QLGC) and Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ:EFII) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares QLogic and Electronics for Imaging’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QLogic N/A N/A N/A $0.75 21.43
Electronics for Imaging $986.62 million 2.24 $131.25 million $1.03 46.12

Electronics for Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than QLogic. QLogic 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.

Profitability

This table compares QLogic and Electronics for Imaging’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QLogic 15.71% 9.67% 8.76%
Electronics for Imaging 4.96% 7.77% 4.31%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for QLogic and Electronics for Imaging, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QLogic 0 1 0 0 2.00
Electronics for Imaging 0 1 5 0 2.83

QLogic currently has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.66%. Electronics for Imaging has a consensus price target of $55.50, suggesting a potential upside of 16.84%. Given Electronics for Imaging’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Electronics for Imaging is more favorable than QLogic.

Risk and Volatility

QLogic has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electronics for Imaging has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Electronics for Imaging beats QLogic on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About QLogic

QLogic Corporation (QLogic), designs and supplies server and storage networking connectivity products that provide and manage computer data communication. The Company’s products facilitate the transfer of data and enable resource sharing between servers, networks and storage. Its products are used in enterprise, managed service provider, consumer Web, and cloud service provider data centers. Its products are based primarily on Fiber Channel and Ethernet technologies and are used in connection with storage networks, data networks and converged networks. Storage networks are used to provide access to storage across enterprise environments. Fibre Channel is a technology for enterprise storage networking. Data networks are used to provide workstation-to-server, server-to-server, and server-to-storage connectivity using Ethernet. Converged networks are designed to address the data center by consolidating and unifying storage and data networks, using high-speed Ethernet.

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.

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