Sphere 3D (NASDAQ:ANY) and Yext (NYSE:YEXT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
51.9% of Yext shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Sphere 3D shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.8% of Yext shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk and Volatility
Sphere 3D has a beta of 2.48, meaning that its stock price is 148% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yext has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Sphere 3D and Yext, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Yext has a consensus target price of $22.57, indicating a potential upside of 14.69%. Given Yext’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Yext is more favorable than Sphere 3D.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Sphere 3D and Yext’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Sphere 3D||$81.52 million||0.06||-$26.18 million||N/A||N/A|
|Yext||$170.20 million||11.66||-$66.56 million||($0.85)||-23.15|
Sphere 3D has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Yext.
This table compares Sphere 3D and Yext’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Yext beats Sphere 3D on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Sphere 3D
Sphere 3D Corp. provides data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. It enables organizations to deploy a combination of public, private, or hybrid cloud strategies through containerized applications, virtual desktops, virtual storage, and physical hyper-converged platforms. The company offers RDX removable disk systems that provide scalability, centralized management, encryption and duplication, and reliability for backup, archive, data interchange, and disaster recovery; G-Series Appliance and G-Series Cloud applications; and Glassware Open Virtual Appliance and Open Virtual Format products. It also provides HVE converged and hyper-converged Infrastructure solutions, such as HVE-STACK high density server solution; HVE-VELOCITY high availability dual enclosure storage area network solution; and HVE 3DGFX, a virtualized desktop infrastructure solution. In addition, the company offers SnapServer network attached storage solution, a platform for primary or nearline storage for integration with Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh environments; NEO tape-based backup and long-term archive solutions, including tape libraries, autoloaders, and drives, as well as linear tape file system solutions; and LTO tape drives and media products. Sphere 3D Corp. markets its products under the RDX, Glassware 2.0, SnapCLOUD, SnapServer, SnapSync, NEO, and V3 brand names. The company sells its products through its distributor and reseller network to small and medium businesses, and distributed enterprises. Sphere 3D Corp. is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.
Yext, Inc. provides a knowledge engine platform that lets businesses manage their digital knowledge in the cloud in North America and Europe. The company offers Yext Knowledge Engine, a cloud-based global platform that enables businesses to control and manage their digital knowledge and make it available through its PowerListings Network of approximately 150 third-party maps, apps, search engines, intelligent GPS systems, digital assistants, vertical directories, and social networks. Yext, Inc. serves healthcare, retail, and financial services industries. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in New York, New York.
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