Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) and Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ:RVBD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.4% of Sierra Wireless shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Sierra Wireless shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Sierra Wireless and Riverbed Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sierra Wireless 1 7 2 0 2.10
Riverbed Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sierra Wireless currently has a consensus price target of $23.56, indicating a potential downside of 19.88%. Given Sierra Wireless’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sierra Wireless is more favorable than Riverbed Technology.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sierra Wireless and Riverbed Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sierra Wireless $634.60 million 1.48 $40.36 million $0.44 66.82
Riverbed Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Sierra Wireless has higher revenue and earnings than Riverbed Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Sierra Wireless and Riverbed Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sierra Wireless 2.28% 8.25% 5.26%
Riverbed Technology 17.55% 24.83% 10.64%

Summary

Sierra Wireless beats Riverbed Technology on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless, Inc. is engaged in building the Internet of Things (IoT) with wireless solutions for organizations. The Company’s OEM Solution segment offers cellular embedded wireless modules for IoT connectivity, including an embedded application framework to support customer applications. The Company’s Enterprise Solution segment offers intelligent routers and gateways, including management tools and applications that enable cellular connectivity. The Company’s Cloud and Connectivity Services segment offers a cloud based platform for deploying and managing IoT applications, Smart SIM supported by mobile core networks, and managed wireless broadband services to enable customer IoT deployments. The Company offers a portfolio of second generation, third generation, and fourth generation cellular embedded wireless modules and gateways, integrated with its secure cloud and connectivity services. The Company offers its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and enterprises.

About Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed) is a provider of application performance infrastructure. The Company offers a platform to deliver, control and optimize IT resources across the hybrid enterprise. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform delivers application performance infrastructure solutions with a focus on two areas, which include application acceleration and performance management. The Wide area network (WAN) optimization for application acceleration includes Riverbed SteelHead, which provides WAN optimization solution, and Riverbed SteelFusion, which provides branch converged infrastructure. The Company’s application acceleration solutions also include Riverbed SteelApp, an application delivery controller (ADC). The Company’s performance management solution includes Riverbed SteelCentral, a performance management suite that combines its application-aware network performance management and application performance management control suite.

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