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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.7% of Synaptics shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Synaptics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Electronics for Imaging shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synaptics 1.06% 15.85% 8.73%
Electronics for Imaging 3.09% 3.67% 2.01%

Risk and Volatility

Synaptics has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electronics for Imaging has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Synaptics and Electronics for Imaging’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synaptics $1.72 billion 0.70 $48.80 million $0.49 72.25
Electronics for Imaging $992.07 million 1.33 $45.54 million $0.65 44.48

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Synaptics and Electronics for Imaging, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synaptics 5 6 6 0 2.06
Electronics for Imaging 1 5 7 0 2.46

Synaptics presently has a consensus price target of $47.53, suggesting a potential upside of 34.27%. Electronics for Imaging has a consensus price target of $44.22, suggesting a potential upside of 52.97%. Given Electronics for Imaging’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Electronics for Imaging is more favorable than Synaptics.

Summary

Electronics for Imaging beats Synaptics on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Electronics for Imaging

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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