Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP) and Cyberark Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.
This table compares Check Point Software Technologies and Cyberark Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Check Point Software Technologies||42.80%||22.46%||15.11%|
This is a summary of recent ratings for Check Point Software Technologies and Cyberark Software, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Check Point Software Technologies||0||17||9||0||2.35|
Check Point Software Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $114.05, indicating a potential upside of 9.27%. Cyberark Software has a consensus price target of $49.25, indicating a potential upside of 14.99%. Given Cyberark Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cyberark Software is more favorable than Check Point Software Technologies.
Risk and Volatility
Check Point Software Technologies has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cyberark Software has a beta of 2.59, meaning that its stock price is 159% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
71.6% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.8% of Cyberark Software shares are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Check Point Software Technologies and Cyberark Software’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Check Point Software Technologies||$1.74 billion||9.80||$724.84 million||$4.68||22.30|
|Cyberark Software||$216.61 million||6.87||$28.12 million||$0.63||67.99|
Check Point Software Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Cyberark Software. Check Point Software Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cyberark Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Check Point Software Technologies beats Cyberark Software on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Check Point Software Technologies Company Profile
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Check point) develops, markets and supports a range of products and services for information technology (IT) security. The Company’s products and services are sold to enterprises, service providers, small and medium sized businesses and consumers. It offers enterprises a platform to deploy independent, modular and interoperable security applications (Software Blades), such as firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention system (IPS), Application Control, Anti-Bot, antivirus, data loss prevention (DLP), policy management, event analysis or multi-domain management. The Company offers Software Blades grouped into functional packages to address specific security issues. It has product offerings under these packages, which include Next Generation Firewall, Next Generation Threat Prevention, Next Generation Secure Web Gateway and Next Generation Data Protection.
Cyberark Software Company Profile
CyberArk Software Ltd is an Israel-based provider of information technology (IT) security solutions that protects organizations from cyber-attacks. The Company’s software solutions are focused on protecting privileged accounts, which have become a critical target in the lifecycle of cyber-attacks. The Company’s Privileged Account Security Solution consists of various products, such as Shares Technology Platform, Enterprise Password Vault, SSH Key Manager, Privileged Session Manager, Privileged Threat Analytics, Application Identity Manager, CyberArk-Conjur, Endpoint Privilege Manager and On-Demand Privileges Manager. The Company’s products provide protection against external and internal cyber threats and enables detection and neutralization of attacks. The Company’s Enterprise Password Vault provides customers with a tool to manage and protect all privileged accounts across an entire organization, including physical, virtual or cloud-based assets.
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