EMC (NYSE: EMC) and SMART Technologies (NASDAQ:SMT) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for EMC and SMART Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EMC 0 0 0 0 N/A
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.9% of EMC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of EMC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

EMC has a beta of 1.33, suggesting that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares EMC and SMART Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EMC 10.47% 10.66% 5.47%
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%

Dividends

EMC pays an annual dividend of $0.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. SMART Technologies does not pay a dividend. EMC pays out 43.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SMART Technologies has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EMC and SMART Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EMC N/A N/A N/A $1.07 27.15
SMART Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($5.46) -0.82

SMART Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EMC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

EMC beats SMART Technologies on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

EMC Company Profile

EMC Corporation (EMC) develops, delivers and supports the information technology (IT) industry’s range of information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions and services. EMC manages the Company as part of a federation of businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, Pivotal and Virtustream. EMC’s Information Infrastructure business provides a foundation for organizations to store, manage, protect, analyze and secure information. EMC’s VMware Virtual Infrastructure business is engaged in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to help transform the way they build, deliver and consume IT resources in a manner that is based on their specific needs. EMC’s Pivotal business unites strategic technology, people and programs from EMC and VMware and has a platform that consists of data, agile development practices and a cloud independent platform-as-a-service.

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.

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