SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) and Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ:EFII) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SMART Technologies and Electronics for Imaging’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($5.46) -0.82
Electronics for Imaging $988.02 million 1.99 $121.81 million $0.98 43.20

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Electronics for Imaging shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SMART Technologies and Electronics for Imaging, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Electronics for Imaging 1 2 10 0 2.69

Electronics for Imaging has a consensus target price of $51.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.45%. Given Electronics for Imaging’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Electronics for Imaging is more favorable than SMART Technologies.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%
Electronics for Imaging 4.70% 5.58% 3.07%

Risk and Volatility

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electronics for Imaging has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Electronics for Imaging beats SMART Technologies on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SMART Technologies Company Profile

SMART Technologies Inc. (SMART) is a provider of technology solutions. SMART solutions include large-format displays, collaboration software and services that enable teaching, learning and work experiences in schools and workplaces. Its hardware and software products for the education market include SMART Board interactive flat panels, SMART kapp digital capture board, SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART Learning Suite Software, SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART lab, SMART response 2, SMART amp collaborative learning software and SMART Exchange. It offers a range of visual collaboration solutions, consisting of software combined with touch-sensitive interactive displays and remote conferencing capabilities. Its hardware and software products for the enterprise market include SMART kapp iQ and SMART kapp iQ Pro, kapp digital capture board, SMART Room System for Microsoft Skype for Business, SMART Meeting Pro software and Bridgit conferencing software.

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.

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