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

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Synaptics 5 3 8 0 2.19

Synaptics has a consensus price target of $54.43, indicating a potential upside of 41.41%. Given Synaptics’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Synaptics is more favorable than SMART Technologies.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%
Synaptics 2.84% 16.51% 9.36%

Risk & Volatility

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Synaptics has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of Synaptics shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Synaptics shares are held 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SMART Technologies and Synaptics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($5.46) -0.82
Synaptics $1.72 billion 0.75 $174.50 million $1.38 27.89

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

Summary

Synaptics beats SMART Technologies on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Synaptics Company Profile

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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