Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: HILL) and Nimble Storage (NYSE:NMBL) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Dot Hill Systems Corp. and Nimble Storage’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dot Hill Systems Corp. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nimble Storage N/A N/A N/A ($1.83) -6.83

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.4% of Nimble Storage shares are held by institutional investors. 20.9% of Nimble Storage 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.

Profitability

This table compares Dot Hill Systems Corp. and Nimble Storage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dot Hill Systems Corp. 1.11% 3.86% 2.27%
Nimble Storage -31.11% -130.73% -44.52%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Dot Hill Systems Corp. and Nimble Storage, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dot Hill Systems Corp. 0 1 0 0 2.00
Nimble Storage 0 16 3 0 2.16

Nimble Storage has a consensus price target of $12.65, suggesting a potential upside of 1.31%. Given Nimble Storage’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nimble Storage is more favorable than Dot Hill Systems Corp..

Summary

Nimble Storage beats Dot Hill Systems Corp. on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Dot Hill Systems Corp. Company Profile

Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Dot Hill) is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing a range of storage systems, including hybrid storage arrays, for the entry and mid-range storage markets. The Company operates through two business segments: Server OEM and Vertical Markets. The Server OEM segment consists of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) who purchases products from the Company to sell along with server products. The Company’s products are sold in server led sales into its end-user customers’ corporate information technology infrastructure. The Vertical Markets segment consists of selected Vertical Markets, which includes Media and Entertainment, Telecommunications Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Big Data Analytics and Digital Imaging, among others. The Company sells its products to customers through both Vertical Markets OEM partners or embedded solutions integrators, as well as through channel partners.

Nimble Storage Company Profile

Nimble Storage, Inc. (Nimble Storage) focuses on providing its end-customers with data. The Company’s Predictive Cloud Platform combines predictive analytics, flash storage and multicloud infrastructure to manage operations in on-premises data centers and in the cloud. Its products allow end-customers to deploy workloads flexibly on flash arrays, converged infrastructure and the public cloud. Its operating system includes NimbleOS. NimbleOS runs across all of its All Flash and Adaptive Flash (Hybrid) arrays and powers Nimble Cloud Volumes. The features of NimbleOS include Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL), Variable Block Inline Deduplication, Variable Block Inline Compression, Efficient All Flash Array Architecture, Dynamic Caching for Adaptive Flash Arrays, Efficient, Instant Snapshots and Replication, SmartSecure Encryption and Data Shredding and Scalability.

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