SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) and Quantum Corporation (NYSE:QTM) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for SMART Technologies and Quantum Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Quantum Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Quantum Corporation has a consensus price target of $1.50, suggesting a potential downside of 82.25%. Given Quantum Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quantum Corporation is more favorable than SMART Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quantum Corporation has a beta of 2.33, indicating that its share price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SMART Technologies and Quantum Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
Quantum Corporation $505.35 million 0.57 $19.64 million $0.10 84.51

Quantum Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than SMART Technologies. SMART Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Quantum Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares SMART Technologies and Quantum Corporation’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%
Quantum Corporation 0.62% -5.94% 3.26%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Quantum Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Quantum Corporation beats SMART Technologies on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SMART Technologies Company Profile

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.

Quantum Corporation Company Profile

Quantum Corporation focuses on scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing, managing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. The Company’s end-to-end tiered storage solutions enable users to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. It works with a network of distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), direct marketing resellers (DMRs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other suppliers to meet customers’ evolving needs. Its scale-out storage portfolio includes StorNext software, appliances and full systems called StorNext Pro Solutions, as well as Xcellis workflow storage, QXS disk storage, Lattus extended online storage and Q-Cloud Archive and Vault services. Its StorNext offerings enable customers to manage large unstructured data sets in an information workflow.

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