3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.
Symantec pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. 3D Systems does not pay a dividend. Symantec pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility & Risk
3D Systems has a beta of 1.99, suggesting that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Symantec has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares 3D Systems and Symantec’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|3D Systems||$687.66 million||1.87||-$45.51 million||($0.37)||-30.41|
|Symantec||$4.85 billion||3.04||$1.14 billion||$0.95||24.23|
Symantec has higher revenue and earnings than 3D Systems. 3D Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Symantec, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares 3D Systems and Symantec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
70.0% of 3D Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of Symantec shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of 3D Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Symantec shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for 3D Systems and Symantec, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
3D Systems currently has a consensus target price of $12.83, suggesting a potential upside of 14.07%. Symantec has a consensus target price of $22.46, suggesting a potential downside of 2.45%. Given 3D Systems’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe 3D Systems is more favorable than Symantec.
Symantec beats 3D Systems on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
3D Systems Company Profile
3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides three-dimensional (3D) printing products and services worldwide. The company offers 3D printers, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multi jet printing, and color jet printers that transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. It also develops, blends, and markets various print materials, such as plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, polymeric dental, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. In addition, the company provides digital design tools, including software, scanners, and haptic devices, as well as products for product design, mold and die design, 3D scan-to-print, reverse engineering, production machining, metrology, and inspection. Further, it offers proprietary software and drivers that provide part review, part preparation, part placement, automated support building and placement, build platform management, and print queue management; and 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications, as well as digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications. Additionally, the company provides warranty, maintenance, and training services; on-demand manufacturing solutions; and software and precision healthcare services. It primarily serves companies and small and midsize businesses in medical, dental, automotive, aerospace, durable good, government, defense, technology, jewelry, electronic, education, consumer good, energy, and other industries through direct sales force, as well as partner channels and distributors. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Symantec Company Profile
Symantec Corporation provides cybersecurity products, services, and solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Enterprise Security and Consumer Digital Safety. The Enterprise Security segment provides endpoint and information protection products, including endpoint security, advanced threat protection, and information protection solutions and their related support services; and network and Web security products, such as network security, Web security, and cloud security solutions and their related support services. It also offers consulting, premium support, and cyber security services. The Consumer Digital Safety segment provides Norton Security solutions as a subscription service providing protection for devices against malware, viruses, adware, and ransomware on various platforms; and LifeLock identity theft protection solution that provides identity monitoring, alerts, and restoration to its customers, as well as Norton Wi-Fi Privacy services. The company serves business, government, and public-sector customers; small, medium, and large enterprises; and individuals, households, and small businesses. It markets and sells its products and related services through direct sales force, direct marketing and co-marketing programs, e-commerce and telesales platforms, distributors, Internet-based resellers, system builders, Internet service providers, employee benefits providers, wireless carriers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, and retail and online stores. Symantec Corporation has strategic alliance with Ernst & Young LLP to help organizations address intellectual property and data, as well as manage cyber risk. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
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