Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII) and Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) 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 dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

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

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Electronics for Imaging and Synaptics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electronics for Imaging 1 5 7 0 2.46
Synaptics 4 7 6 0 2.12

Electronics for Imaging currently has a consensus price target of $44.22, suggesting a potential upside of 53.18%. Synaptics has a consensus price target of $47.53, suggesting a potential upside of 22.16%. Given Electronics for Imaging’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Electronics for Imaging is more favorable than Synaptics.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electronics for Imaging $992.07 million 1.33 $45.54 million $0.65 44.42
Synaptics $1.72 billion 0.77 $48.80 million $0.49 79.41

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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Summary

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

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.

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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