Head to Head Comparison: Systemax (SYX) & Nutrisystem (NTRI)

Systemax (NYSE: SYX) and Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares Systemax and Nutrisystem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Systemax 5.58% 24.34% 10.59%
Nutrisystem 7.65% 42.69% 27.98%


Systemax pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Nutrisystem pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Nutrisystem pays out 51.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Systemax has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nutrisystem has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Systemax and Nutrisystem’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Systemax $1.27 billion 0.97 $40.40 million N/A N/A
Nutrisystem $696.96 million 1.50 $57.87 million $1.96 17.98

Nutrisystem has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Systemax.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Systemax and Nutrisystem, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Systemax 0 0 1 0 3.00
Nutrisystem 0 2 6 0 2.75

Systemax presently has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.79%. Nutrisystem has a consensus price target of $51.00, indicating a potential upside of 44.68%. Given Nutrisystem’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nutrisystem is more favorable than Systemax.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.8% of Systemax shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.0% of Systemax shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Nutrisystem shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Nutrisystem beats Systemax on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Systemax

Systemax Inc. operates as a direct marketer of brand name and private label products. Its Industrial Products Group segment sells a range of maintenance, repair, and operation products, including storage and shelving, material handling, janitorial and maintenance, furniture and office, HVAC/R and fans, workbench and shop desks, safety and security, outdoor and grounds maintenance, tools and instruments, office and school supplies, plumbing and pumps, packaging and supplies, electrical and lighting, food service and appliances, raw materials and building supplies, motors and power transmission, pneumatics and hydraulics, medical and laboratory equipment, metalworking and cutting tools, vehicle maintenance, and fasteners and hardware in North America. This segment offers its products under the Global, GlobalIndustrial.com, Nexel Relius, Relius Solutions, Paramount, and Interion brand names. The company's Europe Technology Products Group segment sells information and communication technology products, such as servers-storage and backup, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, and mobile devices; computer parts and memory; computer components and accessories; networking and security; software; and electronics, and commercial and home networking products. This segment also provides TV and video products; audio products; cameras and surveillance products; GPS products; cell phones; video games; and home and electronics accessories. The company offers its products to for-profit businesses, educational organizations, and government entities through its relationship marketers, catalog mailings, and proprietary Internet Websites. Systemax Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Port Washington, New York.

About Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides weight management products and services for women and men in the United States. The company offers weight loss programs that consist primarily of a pre-packaged food program, digital tools, and counseling. It also provides Nutrisystem Lean13 program, which provides weight loss, and support and counseling services; the South Beach Diet, a weight-loss program; and Nutrisystem 5-day kit, a ?D' kit that offers individuals with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, the company provides SmartCarb and PowerFuel products, including meal replacement bars, powder shakes, baked goods and snacks; and Nutrisystem D Program, a weight loss program designed to produce gradual weight loss. It sells its pre-packaged foods to weight loss program participants directly through the Internet and telephone; a television shopping network; and retailers. Nutrisystem, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

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