Alphabet Inc Class C (NYSE: SWCH) and Switch (NYSE:SWCH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Switch pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Alphabet Inc Class C does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Alphabet Inc Class C and Switch, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alphabet Inc Class C 0 2 25 0 2.93
Switch 0 8 5 0 2.38

Alphabet Inc Class C currently has a consensus price target of $1,250.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.31%. Switch has a consensus price target of $16.75, indicating a potential upside of 53.53%. Given Switch’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Switch is more favorable than Alphabet Inc Class C.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alphabet Inc Class C and Switch’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alphabet Inc Class C $110.86 billion 7.31 $12.66 billion N/A N/A
Switch $378.27 million 7.29 -$15.20 million N/A N/A

Alphabet Inc Class C has higher revenue and earnings than Switch.

Profitability

This table compares Alphabet Inc Class C and Switch’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alphabet Inc Class C 13.16% 18.24% 14.32%
Switch -12.35% 0.49% 0.21%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

34.3% of Alphabet Inc Class C shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.1% of Switch shares are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Alphabet Inc Class C shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% of Switch shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Alphabet Inc Class C beats Switch on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alphabet Inc Class C Company Profile

Alphabet Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States and internationally. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. It operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes principal Internet products, such as Ads, Android, Chrome, Commerce, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Hardware, Search, and YouTube, as well as technical infrastructure and newer efforts, including Virtual Reality. This segment also offers digital content, enterprise cloud services, and hardware products, as well as other miscellaneous products and services. The Other Bets segment includes businesses, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo, and X, as well as fiber Internet and Television services. Alphabet Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Switch Company Profile

Switch, Inc., through its subsidiary, Switch, Ltd., provides colocation space and related services to technology and digital media companies, cloud and managed service providers, financial institutions, and telecommunications providers that conduct critical business on the Internet. The company develops and operates data centers in Nevada, Michigan, and Georgia. Switch, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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