Head-To-Head Comparison: Tech Data Corporation (TECD) versus Best Buy Co. (BBY)

Best Buy Co. (NYSE: BBY) and Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD) are both mid-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Best Buy Co. and Tech Data Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Best Buy Co. 3.01% 26.81% 8.73%
Tech Data Corporation 0.69% 11.67% 3.32%

Volatility & Risk

Best Buy Co. has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tech Data Corporation has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Best Buy Co. and Tech Data Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Best Buy Co. $39.49 billion 0.42 $2.45 billion $3.73 14.47
Tech Data Corporation $27.94 billion 0.14 $441.14 million $5.38 19.60

Best Buy Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Tech Data Corporation. Best Buy Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tech Data Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Best Buy Co. pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Tech Data Corporation does not pay a dividend. Best Buy Co. pays out 36.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Best Buy Co. has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Best Buy Co. and Tech Data Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Best Buy Co. 3 2 17 0 2.64
Tech Data Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67

Best Buy Co. presently has a consensus target price of $56.94, suggesting a potential upside of 5.52%. Tech Data Corporation has a consensus target price of $106.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.10%. Given Best Buy Co.’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Best Buy Co. is more favorable than Tech Data Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.9% of Best Buy Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.3% of Tech Data Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Best Buy Co. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Tech Data Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Best Buy Co. beats Tech Data Corporation on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Best Buy Co.

Best Buy Co., Inc. is a provider of technology products, services and solutions. The Company offers products and services to the customers visiting its stores, engaging with Geek Squad agents, or using its Websites or mobile applications. It has operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company operates through two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment consists of the operations in all states, districts and territories of the United States, under various brand names, including Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater, and Pacific Kitchen and Home. The International segment consists of all operations in Canada and Mexico under the brand names, Best Buy, bestbuy.com.ca, bestbuy.com.mx, Best Buy Express, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 1,200 large-format and 400 small-format stores throughout its Domestic and International segments.

About Tech Data Corporation

Tech Data Corporation is a wholesale distributor of technology products. The Company serves as a link in the technology supply chain by bringing products from the technology vendors to market, as well as providing its customers with logistics capabilities and services. It operates through the segment of distributing technology products, logistics management and other value-added services. It operates in two geographic segments: the Americas and Europe. It provides resellers training and technical support suite of electronic commerce tools customized shipping documents product configuration or integration services and access to financing programs. Its customers include value-added resellers, direct marketers, retailers and corporate resellers who support the diverse technology needs of end users. It sells its products to customers in approximately 100 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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