Airgain (NASDAQ: AIRG) and Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE) are both small-cap communications & networking – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Airgain and Aerohive Networks’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Airgain $43.43 million 1.67 $3.73 million $0.31 24.45
Aerohive Networks $169.82 million 1.41 -$36.91 million ($0.50) -8.94

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Airgain 5.27% 9.22% 7.28%
Aerohive Networks -17.00% -103.45% -18.90%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.2% of Airgain shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.6% of Aerohive Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 23.4% of Airgain 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, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Airgain and Aerohive Networks, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Airgain 0 0 4 0 3.00
Aerohive Networks 0 1 4 0 2.80

Airgain currently has a consensus target price of $16.83, indicating a potential upside of 122.08%. Aerohive Networks has a consensus target price of $6.31, indicating a potential upside of 41.16%. Given Airgain’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Airgain is more favorable than Aerohive Networks.


Airgain beats Aerohive Networks on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Airgain Company Profile

Airgain, Inc. is a provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable wireless networking across a range of home, enterprise and industrial devices. The Company’s antennas are found in devices deployed in carrier, enterprise and residential wireless networks and systems, including set top boxes, access points, routers, gateways and digital televisions. It offers six product lines, including MaxBeam High Gain Embedded Antennas, Profile Embedded Antennas, Profile Contour Embedded Antennas, Ultra Embedded Antennas, OmniMax High Performance External Antennas and MaxBeam Carrier Class Antennas. The Company, through its design, integration and testing of embedded antenna technology, provides its technology to the residential wireless local area network, wireless fidelity and antenna market, and also supplies to carriers, original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers and system designers. The Company supplies its products in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

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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