Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Check Point Software Technologies to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Check Point Software Technologies and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Check Point Software Technologies $1.81 billion $893.47 million 25.72
Check Point Software Technologies Competitors $761.43 million $137.66 million -11.69

Check Point Software Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Check Point Software Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Check Point Software Technologies and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Check Point Software Technologies 0 15 14 0 2.48
Check Point Software Technologies Competitors 175 1500 2838 96 2.62

Check Point Software Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $111.24, suggesting a potential downside of 3.91%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 7.23%. Given Check Point Software Technologies’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Check Point Software Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Check Point Software Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Check Point Software Technologies 42.17% 22.02% 14.91%
Check Point Software Technologies Competitors -62.15% -91.89% -16.29%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.8% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Check Point Software Technologies has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Check Point Software Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Check Point Software Technologies beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Check Point Software Technologies

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.

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