Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and Gigamon (NYSE:GIMO) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
93.6% of Red Hat shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.9% of Gigamon shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Red Hat shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Gigamon shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Red Hat and Gigamon, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Red Hat presently has a consensus price target of $125.31, suggesting a potential downside of 0.51%. Gigamon has a consensus price target of $45.35, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Gigamon’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gigamon is more favorable than Red Hat.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Red Hat and Gigamon’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Red Hat has higher revenue and earnings than Gigamon. Gigamon is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Red Hat, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Red Hat and Gigamon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Red Hat beats Gigamon on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Red Hat
Red Hat, Inc. (Red Hat) provides open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to develop and offer operating system, virtualization, management, middleware, cloud, mobile and storage technologies. Red Hat operates through three geographical segments: the Americas, including the United States, Canada and Latin America; EMEA, including Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. Its products and services include infrastructure-related offerings, application development-related and other technology offerings, and consulting, support and training services. Its infrastructure-related offerings include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Its application development-related and other technology offerings include Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat cloud offerings, Red Hat Mobile and Red Hat Storage. Its consulting services include upgrade planning, platform migrations, solution integration and application development.
Gigamon Inc. offers a solution that delivers visibility and control of data-in-motion traversing enterprise, federal and service provider networks. The Company’s Visibility Platform consists of a distributed system of nodes (that in combination establish a Visibility Fabric). The Visibility Platform includes physical appliances and virtual nodes that can be deployed in data centers, central offices, virtualized/private cloud/public cloud environments, and small form-factor remote site appliances, which in combination enable pervasive visibility of network infrastructures. Its GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform enables security teams and information technology (IT) personnel to gain visibility into their IT infrastructure by forwarding selected traffic of interest from network, server and remote location infrastructure to security, management, analysis and compliance tools in a manner that is optimized for specific uses or functions.
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