Imperva (NASDAQ: IMPV) is one of 187 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Imperva to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Imperva and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Imperva 1 6 8 0 2.47
Imperva Competitors 732 4673 7433 166 2.54

Imperva presently has a consensus price target of $51.91, indicating a potential upside of 24.93%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 2.55%. Given Imperva’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Imperva is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Imperva has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Imperva’s peers have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Imperva and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Imperva $264.45 million -$70.27 million 153.89
Imperva Competitors $2.79 billion $289.83 million 348.26

Imperva’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Imperva. Imperva is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.0% of Imperva shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Imperva shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Imperva and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Imperva 3.04% -8.52% -4.99%
Imperva Competitors -20.54% -270.46% -4.58%

Summary

Imperva peers beat Imperva on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Imperva Company Profile

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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