Glassbridge Enterprises (NYSE: GLA) and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.0% of Glassbridge Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.9% of Western Digital Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Glassbridge Enterprises shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Western Digital Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Glassbridge Enterprises and Western Digital Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Glassbridge Enterprises N/A N/A N/A ($11.33) -0.17
Western Digital Corporation $19.09 billion 1.38 $4.40 billion $1.28 70.51

Western Digital Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Glassbridge Enterprises. Glassbridge Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Western Digital Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Glassbridge Enterprises and Western Digital Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Glassbridge Enterprises -76.04% N/A -39.25%
Western Digital Corporation 2.08% 21.23% 7.96%

Risk & Volatility

Glassbridge Enterprises has a beta of 3.66, indicating that its stock price is 266% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Digital Corporation has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Glassbridge Enterprises and Western Digital Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Glassbridge Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A
Western Digital Corporation 0 5 28 1 2.88

Western Digital Corporation has a consensus price target of $105.50, suggesting a potential upside of 16.90%. Given Western Digital Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Western Digital Corporation is more favorable than Glassbridge Enterprises.

Dividends

Western Digital Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Glassbridge Enterprises does not pay a dividend. Western Digital Corporation pays out 156.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Western Digital Corporation beats Glassbridge Enterprises on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Glassbridge Enterprises

GlassBridge Enterprises, Inc., formerly Imation Corp., is a holding company. The Company is a data storage and data security company. It operates through Nexsan segment. The Nexsan segment operates as its own product line. Its storage systems portfolio ranges from storage products to unified hybrid storage solutions for small and medium commercial businesses, enterprise and government customers. It consists of Imation Nexsan and Connected Data products. Its Nexsan portfolio features solid-state optimized unified hybrid storage systems, secure automated archive solutions and high-density enterprise storage arrays. Nexsan systems are delivered through a network of cloud service providers, value-added resellers (VARs) and solutions integrators. It offers global customers four main solution sets: the NST hybrid storage line, the Nexsan E-Series disk arrays, the Assureon line and the Transporter line. Its subsidiaries include GlassBridge Asset Management, LLC and Nexsan Corporation.

About Western Digital Corporation

Western Digital Corporation (Western Digital) is a developer, manufacturer and provider of data storage devices and solutions that address the needs of the information technology (IT) industry and the infrastructure that enables the proliferation of data in virtually every industry. The Company’s portfolio of offerings addresses three categories: Datacenter Devices and Solutions (capacity and performance enterprise hard disk drives (HDDs), enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), datacenter software and system solutions); Client Devices (mobile, desktop, gaming and digital video hard drives, client SSDs, embedded products and wafers), and Client Solutions (removable products, hard drive content solutions and flash content solutions). The Company develops and manufactures a portion of the recording heads and magnetic media used in its hard drive products.

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