Critical Contrast: Dropbox (DBX) vs. Xunlei (XNET)

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Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) and Xunlei (NASDAQ:XNET) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Dropbox and Xunlei’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dropbox N/A N/A N/A
Xunlei -4.65% -3.89% -2.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Dropbox and Xunlei, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dropbox 0 4 10 0 2.71
Xunlei 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dropbox currently has a consensus target price of $34.54, indicating a potential upside of 44.39%. Given Dropbox’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Dropbox is more favorable than Xunlei.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Dropbox and Xunlei’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dropbox $1.11 billion 8.47 -$111.70 million N/A N/A
Xunlei $200.58 million 1.98 -$37.82 million N/A N/A

Xunlei has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Dropbox.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.8% of Dropbox shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.7% of Xunlei shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Dropbox beats Xunlei on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dropbox

Dropbox Inc. provides a collaboration platform worldwide. Its platform allows individuals, teams, and organizations to create, access, and share content online. The company was formerly known as Evenflow, Inc. and changed its name to Dropbox, Inc. in October 2009. Dropbox Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About Xunlei

Xunlei Limited, a cloud-based acceleration technology company, operates an Internet platform for digital media content in the People's Republic of China. The company's platform is based on cloud computing that enables users to access, manage, and consume digital media content. It offers Xunlei Accelerator, which enables users to accelerate digital transmission over the Internet; and cloud acceleration subscription services that offer users premium services through various products, such as Green Channel and Offline Accelerator. The company also provides Mobile Xunlei, a mobile application that allows users to search, download, and consume digital media content on their mobile devices; Xunlei Media Player, which supports online and offline play of digital media content, as well as simultaneous play of digital media content while it is being transmitted by Xunlei Accelerator; online games online game Website and purchase licenses; live video and online advertising services; and other Internet value-added services. As of December 2017, its platform had approximately 145 million monthly unique visitors. The company was formerly known as Giganology Limited and changed its name to Xunlei Limited in January 2011. Xunlei Limited was founded in 2003 and is based in Shenzhen, the People's Republic of China.

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