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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calix -12.72% -30.33% -17.39%
Aerohive Networks -18.58% -107.93% -21.00%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Calix and Aerohive Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calix $496.63 million 0.54 -$61.63 million ($1.27) -4.21
Aerohive Networks $160.72 million 1.33 -$23.73 million ($0.57) -6.96

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Calix and Aerohive Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calix 0 2 1 0 2.33
Aerohive Networks 0 3 3 0 2.50

Calix presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.50%. Aerohive Networks has a consensus target price of $6.05, suggesting a potential upside of 52.34%. Given Aerohive Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than Calix.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.5% of Calix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.7% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.5% of Calix shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.2% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned 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.

Volatility & Risk

Calix has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aerohive Networks beats Calix on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Calix Company Profile

Calix, Inc. provides broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper-based network architectures that enable communications service providers (CSPs), to transform their networks and connect to their residential and business subscribers. The Company enables CSPs to provide various services, from basic voice and data to advanced broadband services, over legacy and next-generation access networks. It develops and sells carrier-class hardware and cloud products. Its portfolio consists of three core systems and/or nodes: E-Series access systems and nodes (E-Series systems and nodes), B6 access nodes (B-Series nodes), and the C7 multiservice, multiprotocol access system (C-Series system). These systems and nodes are complemented by the P-Series optical network terminals and residential gateways, the GigaFamily of GigaCenters, GigaHubs, and GigaPoints, the Calix Management System, OpenLink Cable software and Compass Cloud family of software-as-a-service products.

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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