GDS (NASDAQ: GDS) and CA (NASDAQ:CA) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GDS and CA’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GDS $152.09 million 12.67 -$41.60 million ($0.56) -35.32
CA $4.04 billion 3.44 $775.00 million $1.74 19.09

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for GDS and CA, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GDS 0 0 1 0 3.00
CA 3 9 4 0 2.06

GDS presently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential downside of 29.22%. CA has a consensus target price of $33.44, suggesting a potential upside of 0.67%. Given CA’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CA is more favorable than GDS.


This table compares GDS and CA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GDS -19.71% -9.54% -3.04%
CA 17.83% 15.74% 7.50%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.4% of GDS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.1% of CA shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of CA shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


CA pays an annual dividend of $1.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. GDS does not pay a dividend. CA pays out 58.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


CA beats GDS on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GDS

GDS Holdings Ltd is a developer and operator of data centers in China. The Company is engaged in design, build-out and operation of data centers. It operates as a carrier and cloud neutral, which enables its customers to connect to all the People’s Republic of China telecommunications carriers, and to access a number of the People’s Republic of China cloud service providers, whom it hosts in its facilities. The Company’s base of approximately 370 customers consists of Internet companies, financial institutions, telecommunications and information technology (IT) service providers, and domestic private sector and multinational corporations. It serves a community of approximately 160 People’s Republic of China and foreign financial institutions across the banking, insurance, asset management, brokerage, digital payment and financial information verticals. The Company operates its data centers in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

About CA

CA, Inc. (CA) is engaged in providing software solutions enabling customers to plan, develop, manage and secure applications and enterprise environments across distributed, cloud, mobile and mainframe platforms. The Company operates through three business segments: Mainframe Solutions, Enterprise Solutions and Services. Its Mainframe Solutions and Enterprise Solutions segments comprise the Company’s software business organized by the nature of its software offerings and the platform on which the products operate. The Services segment comprises product implementation, consulting, customer education, customer training and application management services. CA’s Mainframe Solutions segment consists of various product offerings, including Application Development, Databases and Database Management, Security & Compliance, and Systems and Operations Management. The Enterprise Solutions segment consists of various product offerings, including Agile Management, DevOps and Security.

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