Critical Comparison: Amazon.com (AMZN) and Systemax (SYX)

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Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Systemax (NYSE:SYX) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Amazon.com has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Systemax has a beta of 0.23, indicating that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Amazon.com and Systemax’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amazon.com 2.04% 11.77% 2.73%
Systemax 5.58% 24.34% 10.59%

Dividends

Systemax pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Amazon.com does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Amazon.com and Systemax, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amazon.com 0 2 49 0 2.96
Systemax 0 1 0 0 2.00

Amazon.com currently has a consensus target price of $1,749.64, suggesting a potential downside of 3.50%. Systemax has a consensus target price of $36.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.23%. Given Amazon.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amazon.com is more favorable than Systemax.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.7% of Amazon.com shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.8% of Systemax shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.3% of Amazon.com shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 69.0% of Systemax shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amazon.com and Systemax’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amazon.com $177.87 billion 4.95 $3.03 billion $4.55 398.47
Systemax $1.27 billion 1.16 $40.40 million N/A N/A

Amazon.com has higher revenue and earnings than Systemax.

Summary

Amazon.com beats Systemax on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Amazon.com Company Profile

Amazon.com, Inc. engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) segments. It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from vendors, as well as those offered by third-party sellers through physical stores and retail Websites, such as amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.com.mx, amazon.com.au, amazon.com.br, amazon.cn, amazon.fr, amazon.de, amazon.in, amazon.it, amazon.co.jp, amazon.nl, amazon.es, and amazon.co.uk. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including kindle e-readers, fire tablets, fire TVs, and echo devices; and provides Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store. In addition, it offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its Websites, as well as their own branded Websites; and programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, app developers, and others to publish and sell content. Further, the company provides compute, storage, database, and other AWS services, as well as fulfillment, publishing, digital content subscriptions, advertising, and co-branded credit card agreement services. Additionally, it offers Amazon Prime, a membership program, which provides free shipping of various items; access to unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes; and other services. It serves consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Systemax Company Profile

Systemax Inc. operates as a direct marketer of brand name and private label products. Its Industrial Products Group segment sells a range of maintenance, repair, and operation products, including storage and shelving, material handling, janitorial and maintenance, furniture and office, HVAC/R and fans, workbench and shop desks, safety and security, outdoor and grounds maintenance, tools and instruments, office and school supplies, plumbing and pumps, packaging and supplies, electrical and lighting, food service and appliances, raw materials and building supplies, motors and power transmission, pneumatics and hydraulics, medical and laboratory equipment, metalworking and cutting tools, vehicle maintenance, and fasteners and hardware in North America. This segment offers its products under the Global, GlobalIndustrial.com, Nexel Relius, Relius Solutions, Paramount, and Interion brand names. The company's Europe Technology Products Group segment sells information and communication technology products, such as servers-storage and backup, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, and mobile devices; computer parts and memory; computer components and accessories; networking and security; software; and electronics, and commercial and home networking products. This segment also provides TV and video products; audio products; cameras and surveillance products; GPS products; cell phones; video games; and home and electronics accessories. The company offers its products to for-profit businesses, educational organizations, and government entities through its relationship marketers, catalog mailings, and proprietary Internet Websites. Systemax Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Port Washington, New York.

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