Imperva (NYSE: IMPV) and Gartner (NYSE:IT) are both it services & consulting – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Imperva 0 6 8 0 2.57
Gartner 0 4 6 0 2.60

Imperva currently has a consensus target price of $53.20, suggesting a potential upside of 23.86%. Gartner has a consensus target price of $128.44, suggesting a potential upside of 8.35%. Given Imperva’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Imperva is more favorable than Gartner.

Risk and Volatility

Imperva has a beta of 1.82, indicating that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gartner has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Imperva -4.69% -5.00% -2.98%
Gartner -1.25% 57.60% 5.49%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.7% of Imperva shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Gartner shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Imperva shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Gartner shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Imperva and Gartner’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Imperva N/A N/A N/A ($0.08) -536.88
Gartner $2.44 billion 4.39 $193.58 million ($0.34) -348.68

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

Summary

Gartner beats Imperva on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Gartner Company Profile

Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. The Company works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of information technology (IT), supply chain and marketing within the context of their individual roles. It operates in three segments: Research, Consulting and Events. Research segment consists of subscription-based research products, access to research inquiry, peer networking services and membership programs. Consulting segment consists of consulting, measurement engagements and strategic advisory services. Events segment consists of various symposia, conferences and exhibitions. It provides insight through reports, briefings, tools, access to its analysts, peer networking services and membership programs that enable its clients to make decisions about their IT, supply chain and digital marketing initiatives. Its consultants provide fact-based consulting services to help clients use and manage IT to optimize business performance.

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