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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Electronics for Imaging and Quantum Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electronics for Imaging 1 2 10 0 2.69
Quantum Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Electronics for Imaging presently has a consensus price target of $51.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.63%. Quantum Corporation has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 69.49%. Given Quantum Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Quantum Corporation is more favorable than Electronics for Imaging.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electronics for Imaging $988.02 million 1.95 $121.81 million $0.98 42.44
Quantum Corporation $505.92 million 0.40 $19.45 million $0.07 84.30

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 & Institutional Ownership

68.7% of Quantum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Electronics for Imaging shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of Quantum Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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 4.70% 5.58% 3.07%
Quantum Corporation 0.64% -7.26% 3.87%

Risk & Volatility

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

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 Quantum Corporation

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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