Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII) and Quantum Corporation (NYSE:QTM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Electronics for Imaging has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quantum Corporation has a beta of 2.39, suggesting that its share price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Electronics for Imaging and Quantum Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electronics for Imaging $986.62 million 1.80 $131.25 million $1.03 37.09
Quantum Corporation $505.92 million 0.39 $19.45 million $0.07 80.87

Electronics for Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than Quantum Corporation. Electronics for Imaging is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Quantum Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.7% of Quantum Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Electronics for Imaging shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of Quantum Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Electronics for Imaging and Quantum Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electronics for Imaging 4.96% 7.77% 4.31%
Quantum Corporation 0.64% -7.26% 3.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Electronics for Imaging and Quantum Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electronics for Imaging 1 2 9 0 2.67
Quantum Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Electronics for Imaging presently has a consensus target price of $51.13, indicating a potential upside of 33.84%. Quantum Corporation has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 76.68%. Given Quantum Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Quantum Corporation is more favorable than Electronics for Imaging.

Summary

Electronics for Imaging beats Quantum Corporation on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Electronics for Imaging Company Profile

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is engaged in digital printing, focused on the transformation of the printing, packaging, ceramic tile decoration, and textile industries from the use of traditional analog-based printing to digital on-demand printing. It operates through three segments. The Industrial Inkjet segment consists of its VUTEk and Matan super-wide and wide format display graphics, Reggiani textile, Jetrion label and packaging and Cretaprint ceramic tile decoration and construction material industrial digital inkjet printers; ceramic, water-based, and thermoforming ink, and digital inkjet printer parts, and professional services. The Productivity Software segment consists of a software suite that enables automated end-to-end business and production workflows for the print and packaging industry. The Fiery segment consists of digital front ends that transform digital copiers and printers into networked printing devices for the office, industrial and commercial printing markets.

Quantum Corporation Company Profile

Quantum Corporation focuses on scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing, managing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. The Company’s end-to-end tiered storage solutions enable users to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. It works with a network of distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), direct marketing resellers (DMRs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other suppliers to meet customers’ evolving needs. Its scale-out storage portfolio includes StorNext software, appliances and full systems called StorNext Pro Solutions, as well as Xcellis workflow storage, QXS disk storage, Lattus extended online storage and Q-Cloud Archive and Vault services. Its StorNext offerings enable customers to manage large unstructured data sets in an information workflow.

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