Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) and SanDisk (NASDAQ:SNDK) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Nimble Storage and SanDisk, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nimble Storage 0 11 2 0 2.15
SanDisk 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nimble Storage currently has a consensus target price of $13.88, suggesting a potential upside of 11.09%. Given Nimble Storage’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Nimble Storage is more favorable than SanDisk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nimble Storage and SanDisk’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nimble Storage N/A N/A N/A ($1.85) -6.75
SanDisk N/A N/A N/A $2.05 37.16

Nimble Storage is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SanDisk, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

SanDisk pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Nimble Storage does not pay a dividend. SanDisk pays out 14.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.4% of Nimble Storage shares are held by institutional investors. 20.9% of Nimble Storage shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Nimble Storage and SanDisk’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nimble Storage -31.11% -130.73% -44.52%
SanDisk 5.74% 5.68% 3.35%

Nimble Storage Company Profile

Nimble Storage, Inc. (Nimble Storage) focuses on providing its end-customers with data. The Company’s Predictive Cloud Platform combines predictive analytics, flash storage and multicloud infrastructure to manage operations in on-premises data centers and in the cloud. Its products allow end-customers to deploy workloads flexibly on flash arrays, converged infrastructure and the public cloud. Its operating system includes NimbleOS. NimbleOS runs across all of its All Flash and Adaptive Flash (Hybrid) arrays and powers Nimble Cloud Volumes. The features of NimbleOS include Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL), Variable Block Inline Deduplication, Variable Block Inline Compression, Efficient All Flash Array Architecture, Dynamic Caching for Adaptive Flash Arrays, Efficient, Instant Snapshots and Replication, SmartSecure Encryption and Data Shredding and Scalability.

SanDisk Company Profile

SanDisk Corporation offers flash storage solutions. The Company designs, develops and manufactures data storage solutions in a range of form factors using flash memory, controller, firmware and software technologies. The Company operates through flash memory storage products segment. Its solutions include a range of solid state drives (SSD), embedded products, removable cards, universal serial bus (USB), drives, wireless media drives, digital media players, and wafers and components. It offers SSDs for client computing applications, which encompass desktop computers, notebook computers, tablets and other computing devices. Its embedded products are used for embedded storage for mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and other portable and wearable devices, as well as in automotive and connected home applications. Its removable products include cards, USB flash drives, Wireless Drives and Digital Media Players at a range of storage capacities. It sells memory wafers and memory components.

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