Analyzing Sphere 3D (ANY) and Evertec (EVTC)

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Evertec (NYSE:EVTC) and Sphere 3D (NASDAQ:ANY) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.1% of Evertec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.3% of Sphere 3D shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Evertec shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Sphere 3D shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Evertec and Sphere 3D’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evertec $453.87 million 4.75 $86.27 million $1.70 17.56
Sphere 3D $9.03 million 0.61 -$26.21 million N/A N/A

Evertec has higher revenue and earnings than Sphere 3D.

Dividends

Evertec pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Sphere 3D does not pay a dividend. Evertec pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Evertec has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sphere 3D has a beta of 2.48, indicating that its stock price is 148% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Evertec and Sphere 3D, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evertec 0 3 2 0 2.40
Sphere 3D 0 0 0 0 N/A

Evertec presently has a consensus target price of $28.75, indicating a potential downside of 3.69%. Given Evertec’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Evertec is more favorable than Sphere 3D.

Profitability

This table compares Evertec and Sphere 3D’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evertec 19.01% 64.03% 14.06%
Sphere 3D -34.58% -160.71% -5.62%

Summary

Evertec beats Sphere 3D on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Evertec Company Profile

EVERTEC, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in transaction processing business serving financial institutions, merchants, corporations, and government agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company operates through four segments: Payment Services – Puerto Rico & Caribbean, Payment Services – Latin America, Merchant Acquiring, and Business Solutions. It provides merchant acquiring services, which enable point of sales and e-commerce merchants to accept and process electronic methods of payment, such as debit, credit, prepaid, and electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. The company also offers payment processing services that enable financial institutions and other issuers to manage, support, and facilitate the processing for credit, debit, prepaid, automated teller machines and EBT card programs; credit and debit card processing, authorization and settlement, and fraud monitoring and control services to debit or credit issuers; payment and billing products for merchants, businesses, and financial institutions; and EBT services. In addition, it provides business process management solutions comprising core bank processing, network hosting and management, IT consulting services, business process outsourcing, item and cash processing, and fulfillment solutions to financial institutions, and corporate and government customers. The company manages a system of electronic payment networks that process approximately two billion transactions. It sells and distributes its services primarily through a proprietary direct sales force, as well as various indirect sales channels, including value-added resellers. The company was formerly known as Carib Latam Holdings, Inc. EVERTEC, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sphere 3D Company Profile

Sphere 3D Corp. provides data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. It enables organizations to deploy a combination of public, private, or hybrid cloud strategies through containerized applications, virtual desktops, virtual storage, and physical hyper-converged platforms. The company offers RDX removable disk systems that provide scalability, centralized management, encryption and duplication, and reliability for backup, archive, data interchange, and disaster recovery; G-Series Appliance and G-Series Cloud applications; and Glassware Open Virtual Appliance and Open Virtual Format products. It also provides HVE converged and hyper-converged Infrastructure solutions, such as HVE-STACK high density server solution; HVE-VELOCITY high availability dual enclosure storage area network solution; and HVE 3DGFX, a virtualized desktop infrastructure solution. In addition, the company offers SnapServer network attached storage solution, a platform for primary or nearline storage for integration with Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh environments; NEO tape-based backup and long-term archive solutions, including tape libraries, autoloaders, and drives, as well as linear tape file system solutions; and LTO tape drives and media products. Sphere 3D Corp. markets its products under the RDX, Glassware 2.0, SnapCLOUD, SnapServer, SnapSync, NEO, and V3 brand names. The company sells its products through its distributor and reseller network to small and medium businesses, and distributed enterprises. Sphere 3D Corp. is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

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