Reviewing PC Connection (CNXN) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

PC Connection (NASDAQ: CNXN) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares PC Connection and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PC Connection 1.66% 11.39% 7.37%
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 0.29% 9.04% 3.72%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for PC Connection and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PC Connection 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2 16 11 0 2.31

PC Connection currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.53%. Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a consensus price target of $18.28, suggesting a potential upside of 38.19%. Given Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hewlett Packard Enterprise is more favorable than PC Connection.

Dividends

Hewlett Packard Enterprise pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. PC Connection does not pay a dividend. Hewlett Packard Enterprise pays out 371.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.4% of PC Connection shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.2% of Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.3% of PC Connection shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

PC Connection has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a beta of 2.72, meaning that its share price is 172% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PC Connection and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PC Connection $2.86 billion 0.24 $90.07 million $1.79 14.57
Hewlett Packard Enterprise $48.08 billion 0.45 $7.31 billion $0.07 189.03

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has higher revenue and earnings than PC Connection. PC Connection is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hewlett Packard Enterprise, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

PC Connection Company Profile

PC Connection, Inc. is a provider of a range of information technology (IT) solutions. The Company conducts its business operations through three business segments: small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB), Large Account and Public Sector. The Company enables customers to design, enable, manage and service their IT environments. The Company’s IT products include computer systems, software and peripheral equipment, networking communications, and other products and accessories that the Company purchases from manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers. The Company also offers services involving design, configuration and implementation of IT solutions. The Company markets its products and services through its Websites, including www.connection.com, www.connection.com/enterprise, www.connection.com/publicsector, and www.macconnection.com. It uses a combination of outbound telemarketing, including some on-site sales solicitation by business development managers.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Profile

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company is a provider of technology solutions. The Company’s segments include: Enterprise Group, Software, Financial Services and Corporate Investments. The Enterprise Group segment provides its customers with the technology infrastructure they need to optimize traditional information technology (IT). The Software segment allows its customers to automate IT operations to simplify, accelerate and secure business processes and drives the analytics that turn raw data into actionable knowledge. The Financial Services segment enables flexible IT consumption models, financial architectures and customized investment solutions for its customers. The Corporate Investments segment includes Hewlett Packard Labs and certain business incubation projects, among others.

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