Polarityte (COOL) and Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) Financial Contrast

Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Polarityte (NASDAQ:COOL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Symantec and Polarityte, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec 3 18 2 0 1.96
Polarityte 0 0 1 0 3.00

Symantec currently has a consensus target price of $27.81, suggesting a potential upside of 30.22%. Polarityte has a consensus target price of $65.00, suggesting a potential upside of 132.47%. Given Polarityte’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Polarityte is more favorable than Symantec.

Volatility & Risk

Symantec has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Polarityte has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Symantec and Polarityte’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec $4.85 billion 2.74 $1.16 billion $0.95 22.48
Polarityte $6.69 million 89.02 -$130.82 million N/A N/A

Symantec has higher revenue and earnings than Polarityte.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.6% of Symantec shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of Polarityte shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 59.9% of Polarityte shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Symantec pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Polarityte does not pay a dividend. Symantec pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Symantec and Polarityte’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec 23.98% 16.24% 4.32%
Polarityte N/A N/A -1,160.74%

Summary

Symantec beats Polarityte on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Symantec Company Profile

Symantec Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides cybersecurity solutions worldwide. It operates through two segments, Consumer Digital Safety and Enterprise Security. The Consumer Digital Safety segment provides Norton-branded services that provide multi-layer security services across desktop and mobile operating systems, public Wi-Fi connections, and home networks to defend against online threats to individuals, families, and small businesses. This segment also offers LifeLock-branded identity protection services, such as identifying and notifying users of identity-related and other events, and assisting users in remediating their impact; and digital safety platform designed to protect information across devices, customer identities, and the connected homes and families. The Enterprise Security segment provides endpoint protection products, endpoint management, messaging protection products, information protection products, cyber security services, Website security, and advanced Web and cloud security offerings. Its enterprise endpoint, network security, and management offerings supports evolving endpoints and networks, as well as provides an integrated cyber defense platform. This segment delivers its solutions through various methods, such as software, appliance, software-as-a-service, and managed services. The company serves individuals, households, and small businesses; small, medium, and large enterprises; and government and public sector customers. It markets and sells its products and related services through direct sales force, direct marketing and co-marketing programs, e-commerce and telesales platforms, distributors, Internet-based resellers, system builders, Internet service providers, employee benefits providers, wireless carriers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, and retail and online stores. Symantec Corporation was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Polarityte Company Profile

PolarityTE, Inc. operates as commercial-stage biotechnology and regenerative biomaterials company in the United States. The company focuses on discovering, designing and developing a range of regenerative tissue products and biomaterials for the fields of medicine, biomedical engineering, and material sciences. Its PolarityTE platform would be able to provide transform tissue regeneration, including potential regeneration of multiple tissue substrates, such as skin, bone, muscle, fat, cartilage, nerves, and blood vessels, as well as neural elements, solid and hollow organ composite tissue systems. The company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Foxconn Launches Investigation After Reports Of Harsh Working Conditions At Its Factory Foxconn has announced that it has launched investigations into allegations of harsh working conditions at its factory. The company made the announcement after China Labor Watch, which is based in the New York, published a report that indicated Amazon’s workers were being subjected to many hours of work, inadequate training, low wages as well as over dependence on temporary workers. Undercover investigation Before compiling the report, an investigator from China Labor Watch went underground and acted as a worker in the factory. He then interviewed 20 workers, as well as took time to observe the conditions. During the period of investigation, the undercover investigator secured a position in the factory to clean Echo Dot speakers using a toothbrush soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove dust. In its investigation, China Labor Watch said around 40% of the employees at the factory were on temporary basis. This is far beyond the 10% that is legally allowed under the Chinese law. Additionally, the investigation also found out that dispatch employees were paid at the same rate for both regular and overtime hours. According to the investigation, the company was paying dispatch workers $2.26 per hour. Additionally, workers were working over 100 hours in over time every month during peak season. This is way beyond the 36 hours of overtime allowed under the law. Additionally, some workers worked for 14 consecutive days. Amazon’s audit In its response, Amazon said it carried out an audit of the factory and found that dispatch workers and overtime are matters of great concern. Amazon in a statement, said following the revelation, it requested Foxconn to put in place a corrective plan. Amazon said it is currently monitoring the response from Foxconn as well as the compliance with its Supplier Code of Conduct. Amazon expressed its commitment to ensuring that the matter is fully resolved. Echo Speakers Amazon, which is the largest online retailer in the world, sells a variety of devices. The company uses tablets and kindles to sell more digital books. Foxconn, which is based in Taiwan is the largest manufacturer of contract electronics in the world and has a headcount of over a million people. The company, which makes Apple iPhones made headlines following as series of suicides at its plant. The suicides were linked to poor working conditions at the plant to which the company responded with a promise to improve the working conditions.

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