Critical Contrast: HIVE Blockchain Technologies (NASDAQ:HIVE) and AcuityAds (NYSE:ATY)

HIVE Blockchain Technologies (NASDAQ:HIVEGet Rating) and AcuityAds (NYSE:ATYGet Rating) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.1% of HIVE Blockchain Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.6% of AcuityAds shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for HIVE Blockchain Technologies and AcuityAds, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HIVE Blockchain Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
AcuityAds 0 4 3 0 2.43

AcuityAds has a consensus target price of $6.13, suggesting a potential upside of 161.75%. Given AcuityAds’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AcuityAds is more favorable than HIVE Blockchain Technologies.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares HIVE Blockchain Technologies and AcuityAds’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HIVE Blockchain Technologies $211.18 million 1.77 $79.62 million $1.46 3.12
AcuityAds $97.36 million 1.42 $8.42 million $0.07 33.43

HIVE Blockchain Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than AcuityAds. HIVE Blockchain Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AcuityAds, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares HIVE Blockchain Technologies and AcuityAds’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HIVE Blockchain Technologies 55.37% 32.53% 27.72%
AcuityAds 4.04% 4.37% 3.34%


HIVE Blockchain Technologies beats AcuityAds on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HIVE Blockchain Technologies

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HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. operates as a cryptocurrency mining company in Canada, Sweden, and Iceland. It engages in the mining and sale of digital currencies, including Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Bitcoin. The company was formerly known as Leeta Gold Corp. and changed its name to HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. in September 2017. HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About AcuityAds

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AcuityAds Holdings Inc., a technology company, provides digital media solutions. The company offers a programmatic marketing platform that enables advertisers to connect with their audiences across online display, video, social, and mobile campaigns. Its platform also allows advertisers to manage their purchasing of online display advertising in real-time using programmatic ad buying. The company serves Fortune 500 enterprises and small to mid-sized businesses in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. AcuityAds Holdings Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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