Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) and Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) are both mid-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitabiliy, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.3% of Tech Data Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Best Buy Co. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Tech Data Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Best Buy Co. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tech Data Corporation and Best Buy Co.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tech Data Corporation $27.94 billion 0.14 $441.14 million $5.38 19.53
Best Buy Co. $39.49 billion 0.42 $2.45 billion $3.73 14.51

Best Buy Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Tech Data Corporation. Best Buy Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tech Data Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Tech Data Corporation and Best Buy Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tech Data Corporation 0.69% 11.67% 3.32%
Best Buy Co. 3.01% 26.81% 8.73%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Tech Data Corporation and Best Buy Co., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tech Data Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Best Buy Co. 3 2 17 0 2.64

Tech Data Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $106.60, indicating a potential upside of 1.48%. Best Buy Co. has a consensus target price of $58.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.05%. Given Best Buy Co.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Best Buy Co. is more favorable than Tech Data Corporation.

Dividends

Best Buy Co. pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Tech Data Corporation does not pay a dividend. Best Buy Co. pays out 36.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Best Buy Co. has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Tech Data Corporation has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Best Buy Co. has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Best Buy Co. beats Tech Data Corporation on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tech Data Corporation

Tech Data Corporation is a wholesale distributor of technology products. The Company serves as a link in the technology supply chain by bringing products from the technology vendors to market, as well as providing its customers with logistics capabilities and services. It operates through the segment of distributing technology products, logistics management and other value-added services. It operates in two geographic segments: the Americas and Europe. It provides resellers training and technical support suite of electronic commerce tools customized shipping documents product configuration or integration services and access to financing programs. Its customers include value-added resellers, direct marketers, retailers and corporate resellers who support the diverse technology needs of end users. It sells its products to customers in approximately 100 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

About Best Buy Co.

Best Buy Co., Inc. is a provider of technology products, services and solutions. The Company offers products and services to the customers visiting its stores, engaging with Geek Squad agents, or using its Websites or mobile applications. It has operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company operates through two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment consists of the operations in all states, districts and territories of the United States, under various brand names, including Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater, and Pacific Kitchen and Home. The International segment consists of all operations in Canada and Mexico under the brand names, Best Buy, bestbuy.com.ca, bestbuy.com.mx, Best Buy Express, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 1,200 large-format and 400 small-format stores throughout its Domestic and International segments.

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