Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) and Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Synaptics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hewlett Packard Enterprise $48.08 billion 0.45 $7.31 billion $0.07 187.46
Synaptics $1.72 billion 0.75 $174.50 million $1.38 27.62

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has higher revenue and earnings than Synaptics. Synaptics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hewlett Packard Enterprise, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Synaptics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 0.29% 9.04% 3.72%
Synaptics 2.84% 16.51% 9.36%

Dividends

Hewlett Packard Enterprise pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Synaptics does not pay a dividend. Hewlett Packard Enterprise pays out 371.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.2% of Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of Synaptics shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Synaptics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a beta of 2.72, indicating that its share price is 172% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Synaptics has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Synaptics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2 16 11 0 2.31
Synaptics 5 4 7 0 2.13

Hewlett Packard Enterprise presently has a consensus target price of $18.46, suggesting a potential upside of 40.67%. Synaptics has a consensus target price of $54.43, suggesting a potential upside of 42.82%. Given Synaptics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Synaptics is more favorable than Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Summary

Synaptics beats Hewlett Packard Enterprise on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company is a provider of technology solutions. The Company’s segments include: Enterprise Group, Software, Financial Services and Corporate Investments. The Enterprise Group segment provides its customers with the technology infrastructure they need to optimize traditional information technology (IT). The Software segment allows its customers to automate IT operations to simplify, accelerate and secure business processes and drives the analytics that turn raw data into actionable knowledge. The Financial Services segment enables flexible IT consumption models, financial architectures and customized investment solutions for its customers. The Corporate Investments segment includes Hewlett Packard Labs and certain business incubation projects, among others.

About Synaptics

Synaptics Incorporated is engaged in the development, marketing and sale of intuitive human interface solutions for electronic devices and products. The Company is a developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface product solutions that enable people to interact with a range of mobile computing, communications, entertainment and other electronic devices. Its products include ClearPad, ClearView, TouchView, Natural ID, TouchPad, SecurePad, ClickPad and ForcePad. Its other product solutions include dual pointing solutions, TouchStyk, and TouchButtons. Its dual pointing solutions offer TouchPad with a pointing stick in a single notebook computer, enabling users to select their interface of choice. TouchStyk is a self-contained pointing stick module that uses capacitive technology similar to that used in its TouchPad. TouchButtons provide capacitive buttons and scrolling controls for an interface solution designed to replace mechanical buttons.

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