Glassbridge Enterprises (NYSE: GLA) and Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Glassbridge Enterprises and Pure Storage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Glassbridge Enterprises -76.04% N/A -39.25%
Pure Storage -31.62% -44.04% -24.43%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Glassbridge Enterprises and Pure Storage’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Glassbridge Enterprises N/A N/A N/A ($11.33) -0.17
Pure Storage $770.66 million 3.44 -$160.42 million ($1.22) -10.40

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Glassbridge Enterprises and Pure Storage, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Glassbridge Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pure Storage 0 8 14 0 2.64

Pure Storage has a consensus target price of $15.43, indicating a potential upside of 21.55%. Given Pure Storage’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pure Storage is more favorable than Glassbridge Enterprises.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.0% of Glassbridge Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.9% of Pure Storage shares are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Glassbridge Enterprises shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 46.6% of Pure Storage shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Glassbridge Enterprises has a beta of 3.66, indicating that its share price is 266% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pure Storage has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pure Storage beats Glassbridge Enterprises on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Glassbridge Enterprises

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.

About Pure Storage

Pure Storage, Inc. provides a data platform. The Company is focused on delivering software-defined all-flash solutions that are fast and cloud-capable for customers, enabling customers to put data to work for their businesses. Its data platform replaces storage systems designed for mechanical disk with all-flash systems optimized end-to-end for solid-state memory. Its business model replaces the forklift upgrade cycle with an Evergreen Storage model. Its primary offerings include its FlashArray and FlashBlade products, inclusive of its Purity Operating Environment (Purity OE) software, its Pure1 cloud-based software, and FlashStack, its joint converged infrastructure solution with Cisco. Its customers include large and mid-size organizations across a diverse set of industry verticals, including cloud-based software and service providers, consumer Web, education, energy, financial services, governments, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail and telecommunications.

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