Comparing Quantum (QTM) and NetApp (NTAP)

Quantum (NYSE: QTM) and NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Dividends

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NetApp pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Quantum does not pay a dividend. NetApp pays out 38.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Quantum and NetApp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quantum $505.35 million 0.23 $3.64 million $0.27 12.63
NetApp $5.52 billion 3.06 $509.00 million $2.10 30.05

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

Profitability

This table compares Quantum and NetApp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quantum -1.77% N/A -0.83%
NetApp -0.09% 29.38% 7.87%

Risk and Volatility

Quantum has a beta of 2.45, suggesting that its stock price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NetApp has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.2% of Quantum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of NetApp shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Quantum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of NetApp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Quantum and NetApp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quantum 0 0 1 0 3.00
NetApp 1 12 15 0 2.50

Quantum currently has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 193.26%. NetApp has a consensus target price of $57.21, indicating a potential downside of 9.35%. Given Quantum’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Quantum is more favorable than NetApp.

Summary

NetApp beats Quantum on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Quantum Company Profile

Quantum Corporation provides scale-out storage, archive, and data protection solutions for small businesses and multi-national enterprises in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers StorNext 5 software and hardware that offer file sharing and archiving in purpose-built configurations of metadata controllers, expansion appliances, and disk and archive enabled libraries; Xcellis product, which optimizes workflow and shared access by combining functions into a compact, space, and energy-saving solution; and Lattus Object Storage solutions that enable high volumes of data to be available to extract valuable information. It also offers StorNext Storage Manager software; and StorNext AEL archives products, which provide near-line archiving with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities. In addition, the company's data protection solutions comprise DXi disk systems that use deduplication technology to enhance the amount of backup data; Scalar Tape Automation Systems, which manage and protect business critical data in workgroup, medium size business, and enterprise data center environment; SuperLoader3 autoloader designed to maximize data density and performance; and iLayer, which offers monitoring, alerts, and proactive diagnostics. Further, it provides device and media products, such as removable disk drives and libraries, tape drives, and storage media. The company sells its products through a network of distributors, value-added resellers, direct marketing resellers, original equipment manufacturers, and other suppliers, as well as directly to corporate entities and government agencies. Quantum Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

NetApp Company Profile

NetApp, Inc. provides software, systems, and services to manage and store computer data worldwide. It offers flash; flash arrays that support data management; hybrid arrays to deploy the speed of flash storage; hybrid cloud; ONTAP cloud storage data management service; NetApp cloud sync hybrid data management Software as a Service; NetApp private storage for cloud; and AltaVault cloud-integrated solutions. The company also provides ONTAP storage operating system for data protection and security; SANtricity storage operating system, which provides performance, reliability, and data protection for application-driven workloads; SolidFire element operating system; NetApp StorageGRID Webscale software that allows customers to store and manage massive amounts of data on premises and in the cloud; NetApp integrated data protection solutions; OnCommand management software and management integration tools; and FlexArray storage virtualization software. Further, it provides software and hardware maintenance, professional, and customer education and training services, as well as support solutions. The company serves energy, financial services, government, high technology, Internet, life sciences, healthcare services, manufacturing, media, entertainment, animation, video postproduction, and telecommunications sectors through a direct sales force and channel partners. NetApp, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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