Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) and Imperva (NYSE:IMPV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Fortinet has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Imperva has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its stock price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Fortinet and Imperva, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortinet 1 4 14 0 2.68
Imperva 1 6 8 0 2.47

Fortinet presently has a consensus price target of $43.59, indicating a potential upside of 8.03%. Imperva has a consensus price target of $51.91, indicating a potential upside of 27.70%. Given Imperva’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Imperva is more favorable than Fortinet.

Profitability

This table compares Fortinet and Imperva’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortinet 5.93% 10.92% 4.24%
Imperva -4.69% -5.00% -2.98%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.4% of Fortinet shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.7% of Imperva shares are held by institutional investors. 17.0% of Fortinet shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Imperva shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fortinet and Imperva’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortinet $1.28 billion 5.50 $32.18 million $0.48 84.06
Imperva N/A N/A N/A $0.27 150.56

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

Summary

Fortinet beats Imperva on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fortinet

Fortinet, Inc. is a network security company. The Company provides cyber security solutions to a range of enterprises, service providers and government organizations across the world. Its network security solution consists of FortiGate physical, virtual machine and cloud platforms, which provide integrated security and networking functions to protect data, applications and users from network-and content-level security threats. The Company’s product offerings consist of its FortiGate product family, along with its FortiManager central management and FortiAnalyzer central logging and reporting product families. Its cybersecurity platform includes a range of products, which include its FortiMail e-mail security, FortiSandbox advanced threat protection (ATP), FortiWeb Web application firewall, FortiDDos and FortiDB database security appliances, as well as its FortiClient endpoint security software, FortiAP secure wireless access points and FortiSwitch secure switch connectivity products.

About Imperva

Imperva, Inc. provides cyber-security solutions that protect business-critical data and applications whether in the cloud or on premises. The Company is engaged in the development, marketing, sales, service and support of cyber-security solutions. The Company’s products include its Imperva SecureSphere Paltform, Imperva CounterBreach and Imperva Camouflage for enterprise data centers, and Imperva Incapsula offering for cloud-based security services. Its Imperva SecureSphere provides database, file and Web application security across various physical and virtual systems in data centers, including in private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments. Its Imperva Incapsula product line provides cloud-based Website security, denial of service protection and performance solutions. Its Imperva Camouflage creates realistic, functional data for development, testing, and training by disguising sensitive information, while maintaining the characteristics of the original data.

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