Aerohive Networks (NYSE: HIVE) and MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Aerohive Networks and MTS Systems Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aerohive Networks 0 3 3 0 2.50
MTS Systems Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67

Aerohive Networks presently has a consensus target price of $6.05, suggesting a potential upside of 78.93%. MTS Systems Corporation has a consensus target price of $58.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.14%. Given Aerohive Networks’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than MTS Systems Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Aerohive Networks and MTS Systems Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aerohive Networks -18.58% -107.93% -21.00%
MTS Systems Corporation 3.13% 12.49% 4.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aerohive Networks and MTS Systems Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aerohive Networks $160.72 million 1.13 -$23.73 million ($0.57) -5.93
MTS Systems Corporation $801.32 million 1.00 $113.92 million $1.31 35.95

MTS Systems Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Aerohive Networks. Aerohive Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MTS Systems Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

MTS Systems Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Aerohive Networks does not pay a dividend. MTS Systems Corporation pays out 91.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.5% of Aerohive Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 26.2% of Aerohive Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of MTS Systems Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MTS Systems Corporation has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

MTS Systems Corporation beats Aerohive Networks on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aerohive Networks

Aerohive Networks, Inc. together with its subsidiaries, has designed and developed a cloud-managed mobile networking platform that enables enterprises to deploy and manage a mobile-centric network edge. Its portfolio of products and solutions is built around sets of technologies and solutions, which include Enterprise Cloud Networking, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Connectivity and Application and Insights. It conducts its business in geographic regions, including Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. Its product portfolio includes hardware products, cloud-based network management and applications, and support services. Its hardware products include access points, branch routers and access switches. Its hardware products are developed by its hardware design team working in conjunction with original design manufacturer partners, and leverage the commercially available Wi-Fi radios, network processors, crypto accelerators and switching chips.

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation is a supplier of test systems and position sensors. The Company operates through two segments: Test and Sensors. The Test segment provides testing solutions, including hardware, software and services to ground vehicles, materials and structures markets. The Sensors segment provides position sensors for a range of industrial and mobile hydraulic applications. The Sensors segment products are used by industrial machinery and mobile equipment manufacturers to automate the operation of their products for safety and end-user productivity. The Sensors segment manufactures products utilizing magnetostriction technology. Its technology, Temposonics, offers non-contact position sensing. Its Temposonics sensors provide position feedback for motion control systems. It also provides various service offerings, including calibration, maintenance, training and consulting. The Company has its manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

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