Head-To-Head Comparison: Aerohive Networks (HIVE) versus Cerner (CERN)

Aerohive Networks (NYSE: HIVE) and Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aerohive Networks -14.99% -94.14% -16.08%
Cerner 16.86% 16.82% 12.20%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Aerohive Networks and Cerner, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aerohive Networks 0 1 3 0 2.75
Cerner 0 10 10 0 2.50

Aerohive Networks presently has a consensus price target of $6.13, suggesting a potential upside of 58.27%. Cerner has a consensus price target of $67.14, suggesting a potential upside of 19.00%. Given Aerohive Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Aerohive Networks is more favorable than Cerner.

Risk and Volatility

Aerohive Networks has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cerner has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aerohive Networks and Cerner’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aerohive Networks $152.90 million 1.37 -$22.92 million ($0.41) -9.44
Cerner $5.14 billion 3.65 $866.97 million $2.20 25.65

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.8% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.5% of Cerner shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.2% of Aerohive Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Cerner shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cerner beats Aerohive Networks on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Cerner

Cerner Corporation provides health care information technology solutions and services in the United States and internationally. The company offers Cerner Millennium architecture, a person-centric computing framework, which includes clinical, financial, and management information systems that allow providers to access an individual's electronic health record (EHR) at the point of care, and organizes and delivers information for physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, front- and back-office professionals, and consumers. It also provides HealtheIntent platform, a cloud-based platform that enables organizations to aggregate, transform, and reconcile data across the continuum of care, as well as EHR agnostic platform, CareAware, that facilitates connectivity of health care devices to EHRs. In addition, the company offers a portfolio of clinical and financial health care information technology solutions, as well as departmental, connectivity, population health, and care coordination solutions; and various complementary services, including support, hosting, managed, implementation, and strategic consulting services. Further, it provides various services, such as implementation and training, remote hosting, operational management, revenue cycle, support and maintenance, health care data analysis, clinical process optimization, transaction processing, employer health centers, employee wellness programs, and third party administrator services for employer-based health plans; and complementary hardware and devices for third parties. It serves integrated delivery networks, physician groups and networks, managed care organizations, hospitals, medical centers, reference laboratories, home health agencies, blood banks, imaging centers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, employers, governments, and public health organizations. Cerner Corporation was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in North Kansas City, Missouri.

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