Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.
Volatility and Risk
Juniper Networks has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Aerohive Networks does not pay a dividend. Juniper Networks pays out 41.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
95.5% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.8% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.1% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Juniper Networks||$5.03 billion||1.67||$306.20 million||$1.73||14.13|
|Aerohive Networks||$152.90 million||1.45||-$22.92 million||($0.41)||-9.98|
Juniper Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Aerohive Networks. Aerohive Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Juniper Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Juniper Networks presently has a consensus target price of $28.26, indicating a potential upside of 15.63%. Aerohive Networks has a consensus target price of $6.13, indicating a potential upside of 49.76%. Given Aerohive Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than Juniper Networks.
Juniper Networks beats Aerohive Networks on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Juniper Networks Company Profile
Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company sells its high-performance network products and service offerings across routing, switching and security. Its products address network requirements for global service providers, cloud providers, national governments, research and public sector organizations, and other enterprises. The Company offers its customers various services, including technical support, professional services, education and training programs. The Company’s Junos Platform enables its customers to expand network software into the application space, and deploy software clients to control delivery. The Junos Platform includes a range of products, such as Junos Operating System (OS) and Junos Space.
Aerohive Networks Company Profile
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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