Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) and Systemax (NYSE:SYX) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Tech Data Corporation and Systemax, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tech Data Corporation 0 1 6 0 2.86
Systemax 0 0 1 0 3.00

Tech Data Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $108.67, suggesting a potential upside of 31.54%. Systemax has a consensus target price of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.58%. Given Tech Data Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Tech Data Corporation is more favorable than Systemax.


Systemax pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Tech Data Corporation does not pay a dividend. Systemax pays out -114.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Tech Data Corporation has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Systemax has a beta of 0.19, meaning that its stock price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tech Data Corporation 0.63% 11.60% 3.02%
Systemax -0.87% 12.27% 5.14%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.2% of Systemax shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Tech Data Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 69.6% of Systemax 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tech Data Corporation and Systemax’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tech Data Corporation $27.94 billion 0.11 $441.14 million $5.31 15.56
Systemax $1.71 billion 0.51 $42.30 million ($0.35) -67.83

Tech Data Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Systemax. Systemax 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.


Systemax beats Tech Data Corporation on 9 of the 16 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 Systemax

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,, 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.

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