Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ:SABR) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.
Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Sabre Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Symantec Corporation pays out -49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sabre Corporation pays out 116.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This table compares Symantec Corporation and Sabre Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
91.5% of Symantec Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Sabre Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Symantec Corporation and Sabre Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Symantec Corporation||$4.31 billion||4.55||$714.00 million||($0.61)||-52.47|
|Sabre Corporation||$3.48 billion||1.46||$719.33 million||$0.48||37.90|
Sabre Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Symantec Corporation. Symantec Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sabre Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Symantec Corporation has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sabre Corporation has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Symantec Corporation and Sabre Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Symantec Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $31.43, indicating a potential downside of 1.80%. Sabre Corporation has a consensus price target of $22.63, indicating a potential upside of 24.38%. Given Sabre Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sabre Corporation is more favorable than Symantec Corporation.
Symantec Corporation Company Profile
Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.
Sabre Corporation Company Profile
Sabre Corporation is a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry. The Company provides software and services to a range of travel suppliers and travel buyers. The Company operates through two business segments: Travel Network, and Airline and Hospitality Solutions. Travel Network is its global business-to-business travel marketplace and consists primarily of its global distribution system (GDS) and a set of solutions that integrate with its GDS to serve travel suppliers and travel buyers. Its Airline and Hospitality Solutions business offers a portfolio of software technology products and solutions, through software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted delivery model, to airlines, hoteliers and other travel suppliers. The Company connects travel suppliers, including airlines, hotels, car rental brands, rail carriers, cruise lines and tour operators, with travel buyers in a travel marketplace.
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