SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) and PC Connection (NASDAQ:CNXN) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for SMART Technologies and PC Connection, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
PC Connection 0 0 1 0 3.00

PC Connection has a consensus price target of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.53%. Given PC Connection’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PC Connection is more favorable than SMART Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares SMART Technologies and PC Connection’s 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%
PC Connection 1.66% 11.39% 7.37%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.4% of PC Connection shares are held by institutional investors. 57.3% of PC Connection shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SMART Technologies and PC Connection’s gross 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
PC Connection $2.86 billion 0.24 $90.07 million $1.79 14.57

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

Volatility & Risk

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PC Connection has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

PC Connection beats SMART Technologies on 10 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.

PC Connection Company Profile

PC Connection, Inc. is a provider of a range of information technology (IT) solutions. The Company conducts its business operations through three business segments: small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB), Large Account and Public Sector. The Company enables customers to design, enable, manage and service their IT environments. The Company’s IT products include computer systems, software and peripheral equipment, networking communications, and other products and accessories that the Company purchases from manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers. The Company also offers services involving design, configuration and implementation of IT solutions. The Company markets its products and services through its Websites, including www.connection.com, www.connection.com/enterprise, www.connection.com/publicsector, and www.macconnection.com. It uses a combination of outbound telemarketing, including some on-site sales solicitation by business development managers.

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