Imation Corporation (NYSE: GLA) and Nimble Storage (NYSE:NMBL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.8% of Imation Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of Nimble Storage shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Imation Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 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 Imation Corporation and Nimble Storage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Imation Corporation -97.44% N/A -34.22%
Nimble Storage -31.11% -130.73% -44.52%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Imation Corporation and Nimble Storage’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Imation Corporation $43.00 million 0.44 -$21.50 million ($11.33) -0.34
Nimble Storage N/A N/A N/A ($1.83) -6.83

Nimble Storage has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Imation Corporation. Nimble Storage is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Imation Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Imation Corporation has a beta of 3.72, indicating that its share price is 272% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nimble Storage has a beta of 1.78, indicating that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Imation Corporation and Nimble Storage, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Imation Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nimble Storage 0 16 3 0 2.16

Nimble Storage has a consensus target price of $12.65, indicating a potential upside of 1.31%. Given Nimble Storage’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nimble Storage is more favorable than Imation Corporation.

Summary

Nimble Storage beats Imation Corporation on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Imation Corporation Company Profile

GlassBridge Enterprises, Inc., formerly Imation Corp., is a holding company. The Company is a data storage and data security company. It operates through Nexsan segment. The Nexsan segment operates as its own product line. Its storage systems portfolio ranges from storage products to unified hybrid storage solutions for small and medium commercial businesses, enterprise and government customers. It consists of Imation Nexsan and Connected Data products. Its Nexsan portfolio features solid-state optimized unified hybrid storage systems, secure automated archive solutions and high-density enterprise storage arrays. Nexsan systems are delivered through a network of cloud service providers, value-added resellers (VARs) and solutions integrators. It offers global customers four main solution sets: the NST hybrid storage line, the Nexsan E-Series disk arrays, the Assureon line and the Transporter line. Its subsidiaries include GlassBridge Asset Management, LLC and Nexsan Corporation.

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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