21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET) and LogMein (NASDAQ:LOGM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

LogMein pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. 21Vianet Group does not pay a dividend. LogMein pays out -909.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

21Vianet Group has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LogMein has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares 21Vianet Group and LogMein’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
21Vianet Group $545.74 million 0.94 $18.20 million ($1.08) -4.21
LogMein $617.55 million 9.71 $127.61 million ($0.11) -1,033.54

LogMein has higher revenue and earnings than 21Vianet Group. LogMein is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 21Vianet Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares 21Vianet Group and LogMein’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
21Vianet Group -21.04% -5.49% -2.74%
LogMein -0.41% 5.42% 4.04%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.6% of 21Vianet Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.4% of LogMein shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of LogMein shares are held 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for 21Vianet Group and LogMein, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
21Vianet Group 0 2 0 0 2.00
LogMein 0 1 7 0 2.88

21Vianet Group currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 75.82%. LogMein has a consensus target price of $131.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.22%. Given 21Vianet Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe 21Vianet Group is more favorable than LogMein.

Summary

LogMein beats 21Vianet Group on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

21Vianet Group Company Profile

21Vianet Group, Inc. is a carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider. The Company hosts its customers’ servers and networking equipment and provides interconnectivity. The Company also provides managed network services to enable customers to deliver data across the Internet through its data transmission network and smart routing technology. The Company provides value-added services, such as content delivery network (CDN) services, virtual private network (VPN) services and last-mile wired broadband services. It offers public cloud services, private cloud and hybrid services. In addition, the Company also offers container-based data center service. The Company’s service offerings include hosting and related services, and managed network services. The Company provides hosting and related services to house servers and networking equipment in its data centers and connects them through its data transmission network, and offers other hosting related value-added services.

LogMein Company Profile

LogMeIn, Inc. provides a portfolio of cloud-based service offerings, which helps people and businesses to connect to their workplace, colleagues and customers. The Company’s core cloud-based services are categorized into four business lines: Communications and Collaboration; Engagement and Support; Identity and Access, and Additional Service Offerings. The Company’s communication and collaboration services include GoToMeeting; GoToTraining; GoToWebinar; join.me, join.me pro and join.me enterprise; OpenVoice, and Grasshopper. The Company’s customer engagement and support services include BoldChat; GoToAssist, GoToAssist Corporate and GoToAssist Seeit; LogMeIn Rescue, Rescue Lens and LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile, and Xively. Its identity and access management services include LogMeIn Central, GoToMyPC, LogMeIn Pro and LastPass. Its additional service offerings include LogMeIn Backup, LogMeIn Hamachi and RemotelyAnywhere.

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