SED International (OTCMKTS:SEDN) and Tech Data (NASDAQ:TECD) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.4% of Tech Data shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.3% of SED International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Tech Data shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

SED International has a beta of 5.02, indicating that its stock price is 402% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tech Data has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares SED International and Tech Data’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SED International N/A N/A N/A
Tech Data 0.39% 12.67% 3.07%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SED International and Tech Data, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SED International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tech Data 1 2 4 0 2.43

Tech Data has a consensus target price of $101.17, indicating a potential upside of 34.67%. Given Tech Data’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tech Data is more favorable than SED International.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SED International and Tech Data’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SED International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tech Data $36.78 billion 0.08 $116.64 million $9.11 8.25

Tech Data has higher revenue and earnings than SED International.


Tech Data beats SED International on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

SED International Company Profile

SED International Holdings, Inc. is an international distributor of information technology (IT) technology products and solutions, computer systems and mobility devices in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company sells its products through a sales force and Website to reseller customers in retail, e-commerce, value added resellers (VARs), system builders, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and various other reseller channels. The Company distribution facilities are located in Lawrenceville, Georgia; Miami, Florida, and San Jose, California. The Company’s product categories include complete notebook and desktop systems, peripherals and accessories and components. It also offers full custom configuration services, building or upgrading computer systems to customer specifications. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries include SED International de Colombia S.A.S. and SED International, Inc.

Tech Data Company Profile

Tech Data Corporation engages in the wholesale distribution of technology products. It offers endpoint portfolio solutions, including PC systems, mobile phones and accessories, printers, peripherals, supplies, endpoint technology software, and consumer electronics; and advanced portfolio solutions, such as storage, networking, servers, advanced technology software, and converged and hyper-converged infrastructure, as well as specialized solutions. The company serves value-added resellers, direct marketers, retailers, and corporate resellers. Tech Data Corporation sells its products to customers in approximately 100 countries in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.

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