Critical Contrast: Support.com (NASDAQ:SPRT) versus Data Storage (NASDAQ:DTST)

Support.com (NASDAQ:SPRT) and Data Storage (OTCMKTS:DTST) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.3% of Support.com shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.4% of Support.com shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Support.com has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its share price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Data Storage has a beta of 2.42, meaning that its share price is 142% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Support.com and Data Storage, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Support.com 0 0 0 0 N/A
Data Storage 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Support.com and Data Storage’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Support.com $69.55 million 0.45 -$9.10 million N/A N/A
Data Storage $8.89 million 2.03 $260,000.00 N/A N/A

Data Storage has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Support.com.

Profitability

This table compares Support.com and Data Storage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Support.com -9.43% 7.30% 5.68%
Data Storage 4.26% 19.53% 5.06%

Summary

Data Storage beats Support.com on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Support.com Company Profile

Support.com, Inc. provides customer support services, end user software, and cloud-based software primarily in the United States. The company offers turnkey and outsourced support services for service providers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), warranty providers, Internet of Things solution providers, and technology companies. Its customer support services programs include pre-purchased concierge advice, device set-up, trouble shooting, security and support, virus and malware removal, wireless network set-up, and home security and automation system support designed for consumer, and small and medium business markets. The company also provides Support.com Cloud, a software-as-a-service solution for companies to optimize support interactions with their customers using their own or third party support personnel, as well as enables companies to resolve complex technology issues for their customers, boost support agent productivity, provide ease of use for customer self-service, and enhance the customer experience. In addition, it offers end-user software products, including SUPERAntiSpyware for malware protection and removal; and Cosmos for personal computer, smartphone, and tablet maintenance and optimization. The company provides its technology support services through partners. Support.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Data Storage Company Profile

Data Storage Corporation provides disaster recovery, business continuity, cloud storage, and cloud computing solutions and services primarily in the United States. The company's solutions assist organizations in protecting their data, minimize downtime, and ensure regulatory compliance. Its solutions include infrastructure-as-a-service, data backup, recovery and restore, and data replication services; email archival and compliance; eDiscovery; continuous data protection; data de-duplication; and virtualized system recovery, as well as hybrid cloud services. The company offers its solutions and services to businesses in healthcare, banking and finance, distribution services, manufacturing, construction, education, and government sectors. Data Storage Corporation is headquartered in Melville, New York.

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