Head-To-Head Analysis: SYNNEX (SNX) & Applied Visual Sciences (APVS)

SYNNEX (NYSE:SNX) and Applied Visual Sciences (OTCMKTS:APVS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

SYNNEX has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Applied Visual Sciences has a beta of -1.02, indicating that its stock price is 202% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares SYNNEX and Applied Visual Sciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SYNNEX 1.41% 17.16% 5.33%
Applied Visual Sciences N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.8% of SYNNEX shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.4% of Applied Visual Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of SYNNEX shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 33.0% of Applied Visual Sciences shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


SYNNEX pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Applied Visual Sciences does not pay a dividend. SYNNEX pays out 15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SYNNEX has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SYNNEX and Applied Visual Sciences’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SYNNEX $17.05 billion 0.23 $301.17 million $8.86 8.73
Applied Visual Sciences N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SYNNEX has higher revenue and earnings than Applied Visual Sciences.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SYNNEX and Applied Visual Sciences, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SYNNEX 0 2 4 1 2.86
Applied Visual Sciences 0 0 0 0 N/A

SYNNEX currently has a consensus price target of $131.50, indicating a potential upside of 70.09%. Given SYNNEX’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SYNNEX is more favorable than Applied Visual Sciences.


SYNNEX beats Applied Visual Sciences on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.


SYNNEX Corporation provides business process services in North and South America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Technology Solutions and Concentrix. The Technology Solutions segment distributes peripherals; information technology systems, including data center server and storage solutions; system components; software; networking/communications/security equipment; consumer electronics; and complementary products. It also provides systems design and integration solutions, build-to-order, and configure-to-order assembly capabilities; logistics services that include outsourced fulfillment, virtual distribution, and direct ship to end-users; online services; and financing services comprising net terms, third party leasing, floor plan financing, and letters of credit backed financing and arrangements. In addition, this segment offers marketing services, such as direct mail, external media advertising, reseller product training, targeted telemarketing campaigns, trade shows, trade groups, database analysis, print on demand services, and Web-based marketing. This segment serves resellers, system integrators, and retailers. The Concentrix segment offers a portfolio of strategic solutions and end-to-end business services focused on customer engagement strategy, process optimization, technology innovation, front and back-office automation, and business transformation services. This segment serves clients in various industry verticals, including automotive, banking and financial services, consumer electronics, energy and public sector, healthcare, insurance, media and communications, retail and e-commerce, and technology, as well as travel, transportation, and tourism. The company was formerly known as SYNNEX Information Technologies, Inc. and changed its name to SYNNEX Corporation in October 2003. SYNNEX Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

About Applied Visual Sciences

Applied Visual Sciences, Inc., a software technology company, designs and develops computer-vision detection solutions based on image processing science for aviation/homeland security and healthcare markets. It utilizes imaging technologies and analytics to create integrated information management technology products and services that address problems for corporations and governmental agencies. The company offers PinPoint, an intelligent computer-vision automated target recognition technology for the detection of guns, explosives, and other threat items contained in baggage in the airport environment or for building security applications; and Signature Mapping platform technology for use in the imaging field of diagnostic radiology and pathology. It also provides Signature Mapping Detection System, an automated hardware-software laboratory solution used to operate various infectious disease applications through multi-threaded detection algorithms. In addition, the company offers Signature Mapping Tuberculosis Detection software, an automated hardware and software technology platform; and Signature Mapping Breast Cancer Detection, a breast cancer detection solution. Applied Visual Sciences, Inc. markets its products through direct sales and indirect distribution channels worldwide. The company was formerly known as Guardian Technologies International, Inc. and changed its name to Applied Visual Sciences, Inc. in July 2010. Applied Visual Sciences, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Leesburg, Virginia.

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