Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) and Electronics For Imaging (NASDAQ:EFII) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Lexmark International pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Electronics For Imaging does not pay a dividend. Lexmark International pays out -133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Electronics For Imaging has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Lexmark International has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electronics For Imaging has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Lexmark International and Electronics For Imaging, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lexmark International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Electronics For Imaging 1 2 10 0 2.69

Electronics For Imaging has a consensus price target of $51.44, indicating a potential upside of 24.14%. Given Electronics For Imaging’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Electronics For Imaging is more favorable than Lexmark International.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lexmark International and Electronics For Imaging’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lexmark International N/A N/A N/A ($1.08) -37.49
Electronics For Imaging $988.02 million 1.94 $121.81 million $0.98 42.29

Electronics For Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than Lexmark International. Lexmark International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Electronics For Imaging, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Lexmark International and Electronics For Imaging’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lexmark International 2.17% 7.30% 2.01%
Electronics For Imaging 1.12% 1.32% 0.72%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.8% of Lexmark International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Lexmark International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Electronics For Imaging shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Lexmark International beats Electronics For Imaging on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lexmark International Company Profile

Lexmark International, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services. The Company’s software scans everything from spreadsheets to medical images, and provides services to banking, healthcare, insurance and retail companies. It creates enterprise software, hardware and services that remove inefficiencies of information silos and disconnected processes. It offers various services, such as managed print services, hardware warranty and repair service, professional services and enterprise software services. It offers solutions, such as financial process automation, business process management, Web information integration and consumer loan origination. Its hardware category includes equipment collection program, and Smart multifunction product (MFP) includes device management and mobile print solutions. It produces and distributes millions of supplies each year, including ink, toner and paper.

Electronics For Imaging Company Profile

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is engaged in digital printing, focused on the transformation of the printing, packaging, ceramic tile decoration, and textile industries from the use of traditional analog-based printing to digital on-demand printing. It operates through three segments. The Industrial Inkjet segment consists of its VUTEk and Matan super-wide and wide format display graphics, Reggiani textile, Jetrion label and packaging and Cretaprint ceramic tile decoration and construction material industrial digital inkjet printers; ceramic, water-based, and thermoforming ink, and digital inkjet printer parts, and professional services. The Productivity Software segment consists of a software suite that enables automated end-to-end business and production workflows for the print and packaging industry. The Fiery segment consists of digital front ends that transform digital copiers and printers into networked printing devices for the office, industrial and commercial printing markets.

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