Contrasting Systemax (SYX) and Best Buy Co. (BBY)
Systemax (NYSE: SYX) and Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Volatility and Risk
Systemax has a beta of 0.23, meaning that its stock price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Best Buy Co. has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Systemax and Best Buy Co.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Systemax||$1.71 billion||0.53||$42.30 million||($0.35)||-69.31|
|Best Buy Co.||$39.49 billion||0.48||$2.45 billion||$3.73||16.59|
Best Buy Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Systemax. Systemax is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Best Buy Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Systemax pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Best Buy Co. pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Systemax pays out -114.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Best Buy Co. pays out 36.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Systemax has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
24.5% of Systemax shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Best Buy Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.6% of Systemax shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Best Buy Co. shares are owned 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.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Systemax and Best Buy Co., as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Best Buy Co.||3||3||14||0||2.55|
Systemax presently has a consensus target price of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.78%. Best Buy Co. has a consensus target price of $59.40, suggesting a potential downside of 3.99%. Given Systemax’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Systemax is more favorable than Best Buy Co..
This table compares Systemax and Best Buy Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Best Buy Co.||3.01%||26.81%||8.73%|
Best Buy Co. beats Systemax on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Systemax Inc. is a direct marketer of brand name and private label products. The Company’s segments are Industrial Products Group (IPG), EMEA Technology Products Group (EMEA), and Corporate and Other (Corporate). The IPG segment sells an array of maintenance, repair and operational (MRO) products, which are marketed in North America. The Company offers a selection of products that are manufactured for its own design and marketed under the trademarks: Global, GlobalIndustrial.com, Nexel Relius, Paramount and Interion. EMEA sells products categorized as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE), as well as related technical services, such as configuration, implementation, network security, and other technical services. CE products include television and video; audio; cameras and surveillance; Global Positioning System (GPS); cell phones; video games, and home and electronics accessories.
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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