Aerohive Networks, Inc. :HIVE-US: Earnings Analysis: 2016 By the Numbers : February 16, 2017

Aerohive Networks, Inc. reports financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Aerohive Networks, Inc. – Apple Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., ADTRAN, Inc. and Juniper Networks, Inc. (AAPL-US, CSCO-US, ADTN-US and JNPR-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Gross margins narrowed from 67.48% to 67.44% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -19.60% from -27.35%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -193.61% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Relevant Numbers (Annual)
Revenues 169.83 151.66 137.29 107.14 71.22
Revenue Growth (YOY) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Earnings -36.91 -46.2 -30.56 -33.23 -24.74
Earnings Growth (YOY) 20.1 -51.19 8.04 -34.32 -67.14
Net Margin -21.73 -30.46 -22.26 -31.01 -34.74
EPS -0.73 -0.98 -0.85 -0.89 -0.71
Return on Equity -117.4 -100.05 -111.49 -2668.84 -251.68
Return on Assets -26.61 -32.4 -28.54 -53.28 -60.27

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Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s gross margins showed no year-on-year improvement. In spite of this, the company’s earnings rose, influenced primarily by the improvement in operating margins (EBITDA margins) from -27.35% to -19.60%. For comparison, gross margins were 67.48% and EBITDA margins were -27.35% in the last period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

HIVE-US‘s decline in gross margins were offset by some improvements on the balance sheet. The management of working capital, for example, shows progress. The company’s working capital days have fallen to 134.25 days from 186.62 days for the same period last year. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the gross margin decline is not altogether bad.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

HIVE-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -193.61% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -29.69% to -21.68% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now -21.58% compared to -30.23% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Aerohive Networks, Inc. engages in designing and developing cloud networking platform and enterprise Wi-Fi solution. Its products products include Wi-Fi access points, routers and switches required to build an edge-access network; a cloud services platform for centralized management, data collection and analytics. The company was founded by Changming Liu and Gang Zhu on March 15, 2006 and is headquartered in Milpitas, CA.

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