Aerohive Networks (NYSE: HIVE) is one of 64 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Aerohive Networks to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aerohive Networks’ competitors have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Aerohive Networks and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aerohive Networks 0 1 4 0 2.80
Aerohive Networks Competitors 376 2414 3989 159 2.57

Aerohive Networks currently has a consensus target price of $6.31, suggesting a potential upside of 38.68%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 16.28%. Given Aerohive Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

45.9% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.6% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 26.2% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aerohive Networks and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Aerohive Networks $169.82 million -$36.91 million -9.10
Aerohive Networks Competitors $3.30 billion $346.33 million 17.73

Aerohive Networks’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Aerohive Networks. Aerohive Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Aerohive Networks and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aerohive Networks -17.00% -103.45% -18.90%
Aerohive Networks Competitors -1.91% -8.21% 0.03%

Summary

Aerohive Networks competitors beat Aerohive Networks on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

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.

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