Head-To-Head Survey: Identiv (INVE) and Seagate Technology (STX)

Identiv (NASDAQ: INVE) and Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Identiv and Seagate Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Identiv -13.52% -40.34% -10.63%
Seagate Technology 6.10% 93.35% 13.41%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.0% of Identiv shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Seagate Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.3% of Identiv shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Seagate Technology shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Identiv has a beta of -0.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seagate Technology has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Identiv and Seagate Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Identiv 0 1 1 0 2.50
Seagate Technology 3 20 4 1 2.11

Identiv currently has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 122.51%. Seagate Technology has a consensus price target of $50.73, indicating a potential downside of 9.87%. Given Identiv’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Identiv is more favorable than Seagate Technology.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Identiv and Seagate Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Identiv $60.22 million 0.90 -$8.14 million ($0.59) -6.47
Seagate Technology $10.77 billion 1.49 $772.00 million $2.20 25.58

Seagate Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Identiv. Identiv is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Seagate Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Seagate Technology pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Identiv does not pay a dividend. Seagate Technology pays out 114.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Seagate Technology beats Identiv on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Identiv Company Profile

Identiv, Inc. is a global security technology company. The Company operates through four segments: Physical access control systems (PACS), Identity, Credentials and All Other. PACS segment provides solutions and services that enable the issuance, management and use of secure identity credentials in diverse markets. PACS business offers Hirsch line of controllers, including the advanced MX line, Hirsch’s Velocity management software and its Identiv connected physical access manager software, EDGE controller and reader package. Identity segment offers products to secure enterprise information, including login and printers through delivery of smart card reader products and identity management through its idOnDemand service. Credentials segment offers access cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication products, including cards, labels, tags and stickers, as well as RF components. All Other segment includes products, such as Chipdrive and Digital Media readers.

Seagate Technology Company Profile

Seagate Technology public limited company is a provider of electronic data storage technology and solutions. The Company’s principal products are hard disk drives (HDDs). In addition to HDDs, it produces a range of electronic data storage products, including solid state hybrid drives, solid state drives, peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) cards and serial advanced technology architecture (SATA) controllers. Its storage technology portfolio also includes storage subsystems and high performance computing solutions. Its products are designed for applications in enterprise servers and storage systems, client compute applications and client non-compute applications. It designs, fabricates and assembles various components found in its disk drives, including read/write heads and recording media. Its design and manufacturing operations are based on technology platforms that are used to produce various disk drive products that serve multiple data storage applications and markets.

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