Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Juniper Networks and Aruba Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Networks 3 9 10 1 2.39
Aruba Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A

Juniper Networks presently has a consensus price target of $30.94, indicating a potential upside of 11.96%. Given Juniper Networks’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Juniper Networks is more favorable than Aruba Networks.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Juniper Networks and Aruba Networks’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Networks $5.20 billion 2.02 $1.21 billion $1.71 16.16
Aruba Networks N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Juniper Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Aruba Networks.

Dividends

Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Aruba Networks does not pay a dividend. Juniper Networks pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.2% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Juniper Networks and Aruba Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Networks 12.66% 14.13% 7.34%
Aruba Networks 2.67% 6.80% 3.49%

Summary

Juniper Networks beats Aruba Networks on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Juniper Networks

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.

About Aruba Networks

Aruba Networks, Inc. is a global provider of enterprise mobility solutions. The Company develops markets and sell solutions that help solve its customers’ secure mobility requirements through its mobility-defined networks, a network architecture optimizes performance and trigger security actions that required manual intervention by information technology (IT) departments. Mobility-Defined Networks gather and correlate contextual data about user roles, device types, application flows and location, which is critical in dynamic, ever-changing mobility environments. This self-healing, self-optimizing approach to mobility reduces IT helpdesk tickets and offer data protection. Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks are consisted of three components such as, mobility-centric network infrastructure, access management and mobility applications.

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