Switch (NYSE: SWCH) and Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ:SMCI) are both servers & systems companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Switch and Super Micro Computer, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Switch 0 5 5 0 2.50
Super Micro Computer 0 6 3 0 2.33

Switch currently has a consensus price target of $22.20, suggesting a potential upside of 20.39%. Super Micro Computer has a consensus price target of $28.71, suggesting a potential upside of 40.41%. Given Super Micro Computer’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Super Micro Computer is more favorable than Switch.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Switch and Super Micro Computer’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Switch $318.35 million 14.35 $31.36 million $0.14 131.71
Super Micro Computer $2.53 billion 0.39 $69.32 million $1.34 15.26

Super Micro Computer has higher revenue and earnings than Switch. Super Micro Computer is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Switch, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Switch and Super Micro Computer’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Switch N/A N/A N/A
Super Micro Computer 2.74% 9.08% 5.08%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.0% of Super Micro Computer shares are held by institutional investors. 23.6% of Super Micro Computer shares are held by 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.


Super Micro Computer beats Switch on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Switch Company Profile

Switch, Inc. is a technology infrastructure company. The Company is developer and operator of the SUPERNAP, data center facilities, and provides colocation, telecommunications, cloud services, and content ecosystems. The Company designs, constructs and operates hyperscale data centers that address the growing challenges facing the data center industry. The Company’s patented technologies include 100% hot aisle containment rows, exterior wall penetrating multi-mode HVAC units, hot and cold containment segregation structure, redundant data center roofing system, multi-system power containers, data center infrastructure management system (DCIM).

Super Micro Computer Company Profile

Super Micro Computer, Inc. is engaged in developing and providing end-to-end green computing solutions to the cloud computing, data center, enterprise information technology (IT), big data, high performance computing (HPC) and Internet of Things (IoT)/embedded markets. The Company’s solutions range from server, storage, blade and workstations to full racks, networking devices, server management software and technology support and services. The Company sells its server systems and server subsystems and accessories through a combination of distributors, including value added resellers and system integrators, and other equipment manufacturers (OEMs). As of June 30, 2016, the Company offered over 4,950 stock keeping units (SKUs), including SKUs for server and storage systems, serverboards, chassis, power supplies and other system accessories. The Company develops and manufactures server solutions based upon a modular and open architecture.

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