Financial Review: Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) versus Xunlei (NYSE:XNET)

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.9% of Xunlei shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of Shopify shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.7% of Xunlei shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Xunlei and Shopify, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xunlei 0 0 0 0 N/A
Shopify 2 10 15 0 2.48

Shopify has a consensus price target of $340.23, indicating a potential upside of 3.33%. Given Shopify’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Shopify is more favorable than Xunlei.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xunlei -33.31% -16.81% -12.65%
Shopify -5.98% -3.85% -3.46%

Volatility & Risk

Xunlei has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shopify has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Xunlei $230.60 million 0.67 -$39.28 million N/A N/A
Shopify $1.07 billion 34.52 -$64.55 million ($0.61) -539.77

Xunlei has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Shopify.


Shopify beats Xunlei on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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. Xunlei Limited has strategic partnerships with People Capital to promote blockchain innovation; and China Mobile IoT Company Limited to develop IoT industry solutions. 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.

About Shopify

Shopify Inc. provides a cloud-based multi-channel commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and internationally. Its platform provides merchants with a single view of business and customers in various sales channels, including Web and mobile storefronts, physical retail locations, social media storefronts, and marketplaces; and enables to manage products and inventory, process orders and payments, ship orders, build customer relationships, leverage analytics and reporting, and access financing. The company was formerly known as Jaded Pixel Technologies Inc. and changed its name to Shopify Inc. in November 2011. Shopify Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.

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