Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) and 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Black Box Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.0% of 8×8 shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Black Box Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of 8×8 shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Black Box Corporation and 8×8’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Box Corporation $855.73 million 0.14 $31.73 million ($0.46) -17.61
8×8 $253.39 million 4.94 $3.18 million ($0.05) -273.00

Black Box Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than 8×8. 8×8 is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Black Box Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Black Box Corporation and 8×8, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Box Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
8×8 0 3 5 0 2.63

Black Box Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.46%. 8×8 has a consensus price target of $17.71, indicating a potential upside of 29.77%. Given 8×8’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe 8×8 is more favorable than Black Box Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

Black Box Corporation has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 8×8 has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Black Box Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. 8×8 does not pay a dividend. Black Box Corporation pays out -104.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Black Box Corporation and 8×8’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Box Corporation -0.83% 7.74% 2.54%
8×8 -1.88% 2.26% 1.97%

Summary

Black Box Corporation beats 8×8 on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Black Box Corporation

Black Box Corporation is a technology solutions provider. The Company is engaged in designing, building, managing and securing the information technology (IT) infrastructure. Offerings under the Company’s Products platform include IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia and keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switching. Offerings under its Services platform include unified communications, data infrastructure and managed services. It conducts business globally and manages its business on a geographic-service type basis consisting of four segments: North America Products, North America Services, International Products and International Services. The offerings of its Products platform are distributed through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers and others. The offerings of its Services platform are distributed through value-added resellers, manufacturers and large system integrators, among others.

About 8×8

8×8, Inc. provides cloud-based, enterprise-class software solutions. The Company’s solutions are delivered through Software as a Service (SaaS) business model. Its segments include Americas and Europe. Its software platform brings together cloud, mobile, collaboration, video and data science technologies. Through a combination of open application program interface (API) and pre-built integrations, its solutions leverage critical customer context from internal data systems and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Its software product, branded as 8×8 Virtual Office, delivers voice as a service across the world. 8×8 Virtual Office enables a customer to use a single business phone number to place and receive calls from any supported device. It provides software to enable a multi-channel contact center under the 8×8 Virtual Contact Center brand. Its Virtual Office Meetings software solution is a tool for teams within the enterprise to meet and collaborate on a shared project.

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