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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Vocera Communications and Aerohive Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vocera Communications 0 0 5 0 3.00
Aerohive Networks 0 3 3 0 2.50

Vocera Communications presently has a consensus target price of $29.60, indicating a potential downside of 1.17%. Aerohive Networks has a consensus target price of $6.05, indicating a potential upside of 61.28%. Given Aerohive Networks’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than Vocera Communications.

Profitability

This table compares Vocera Communications and Aerohive Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vocera Communications -17.28% -14.71% -8.54%
Aerohive Networks -18.58% -107.93% -21.00%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.7% of Aerohive Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vocera Communications shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.2% of Aerohive Networks shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vocera Communications and Aerohive Networks’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vocera Communications $144.51 million 6.03 -$12.09 million ($0.90) -33.28
Aerohive Networks $160.72 million 1.02 -$23.73 million ($0.57) -6.58

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

Risk & Volatility

Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.29, meaning that its stock price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vocera Communications beats Aerohive Networks on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vocera Communications

Vocera Communications, Inc. is a provider of communication solutions for mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, education and other industries. The Company’s segments include Product and Service. The Company’s solutions include the Vocera Communication System, Vocera Care Experience, Vocera Engage integration platform, smartphone applications and its Experience Innovation Network. The Company’s Vocera Communication System consists of a software platform that connects communication devices, including its hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices that use its software applications to become part of the Vocera system. Its Vocera Collaboration Suite combines calling, texting, alerting and content distribution capabilities of Vocera into a smartphone application. Its Vocera Secure Texting is an alternative to non-secure short message service (SMS) texting.

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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