Financial Contrast: Switch (NYSE:SWCH) versus HUYA (NYSE:HUYA)

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HUYA (NYSE:HUYA) and Switch (NYSE:SWCH) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Switch pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. HUYA does not pay a dividend. Switch pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares HUYA and Switch’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HUYA -35.91% 4.60% 3.70%
Switch 0.98% 1.27% 0.62%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for HUYA and Switch, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HUYA 0 0 11 0 3.00
Switch 0 4 7 0 2.64

HUYA currently has a consensus price target of $28.27, indicating a potential upside of 17.43%. Switch has a consensus price target of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.90%. Given HUYA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe HUYA is more favorable than Switch.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.9% of HUYA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.3% of Switch shares are held by institutional investors. 28.4% of Switch shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares HUYA and Switch’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HUYA $678.27 million 7.15 -$281.83 million $0.10 240.70
Switch $405.86 million 7.98 $4.05 million $0.09 145.78

Switch has lower revenue, but higher earnings than HUYA. Switch is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HUYA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

HUYA has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Switch has a beta of 0.67, suggesting that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

HUYA beats Switch on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

HUYA Company Profile

HUYA Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates game live streaming platforms in the People's Republic of China. Its platforms enable broadcasters and viewers to interact during live streaming. The company also provides advertising and online game-related services. As of December 31, 2017, its live streaming content covered approximately 2,600 games, including mobile, PC, and console games. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Guangzhou, China. HUYA Inc. is a subsidiary of YY Inc.

Switch Company Profile

Switch, Inc., through its subsidiary, Switch, Ltd., provides colocation space and related services primarily to technology and digital media companies in the United States. It develops and operates data centers in Nevada and Michigan. The company also serves cloud and managed service providers, financial institutions, IT and software providers, government agencies, network and telecommunications providers, and others that conduct critical business on the Internet. Switch, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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