Critical Contrast: HIVE Blockchain Technologies (NASDAQ:HIVE) & Sterling Check (NASDAQ:STER)

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Sterling Check and HIVE Blockchain Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sterling Check 0 1 5 0 2.83
HIVE Blockchain Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Sterling Check presently has a consensus target price of $17.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.64%. HIVE Blockchain Technologies has a consensus target price of $6.33, suggesting a potential upside of 123.79%. Given HIVE Blockchain Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe HIVE Blockchain Technologies is more favorable than Sterling Check.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sterling Check and HIVE Blockchain Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sterling Check $641.88 million 2.33 -$18.53 million $0.30 51.37
HIVE Blockchain Technologies $211.18 million 1.12 $79.62 million ($1.15) -2.46

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.5% of Sterling Check shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.6% of HIVE Blockchain Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of Sterling Check shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sterling Check 3.87% 12.52% 6.51%
HIVE Blockchain Technologies -49.77% -19.91% -16.96%

Risk and Volatility

Sterling Check has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HIVE Blockchain Technologies has a beta of 2.22, suggesting that its share price is 122% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Sterling Check beats HIVE Blockchain Technologies on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sterling Check

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Sterling Check Corp. provides technology-enabled background and identity verification services in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers identity verification services, such as telecom and device verification, identification document verification, facial recognition with biometric matching, social security number verification, and live video chat identification proofing; fingerprinting; background checks, including criminal record checks, sex offender registries, civil court records, motor vehicle and driving license records, executive investigations, credit reports, social media searches, and contingent workforce solutions; liens, judgments, and bankruptcies; and sanctions, risk, and compliance checks. It also provides credential verification services, which include employment verification, education verification, credential verification, professional reference checks, and department of transportation; drug and health screening; onboarding solutions, including Sterling I-9 that integrates a suite of screening and onboarding services and onboarding forms; and workforce, medical license, and motor vehicle records monitoring solutions. The company's services are delivered through its cloud-based technology platform that empowers organizations with real-time and data-driven insights to conduct and manage their employment screening programs. It serves a client base in a range of industries, such as healthcare, gig economy, financial and business services, industrials, retail, contingent, technology, media and entertainment, transportation and logistics, hospitality, education, and government. The company was formerly known as Sterling Ultimate Parent Corp. and changed its name to Sterling Check Corp. in August 2021. Sterling Check Corp. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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.

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