Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS) is one of 24 public companies in the “Cloud Computing Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Qualys to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Qualys and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Qualys $211.63 million $52.41 million 49.41
Qualys Competitors $933.33 million $18.40 million -80.55

Qualys’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Qualys. Qualys is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Qualys has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qualys’ rivals have a beta of 0.95, suggesting that their average share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Qualys and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qualys 18.92% 14.69% 9.39%
Qualys Competitors -57.49% -45.40% -16.58%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.6% of Qualys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.5% of shares of all “Cloud Computing Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 30.2% of Qualys shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 20.2% of shares of all “Cloud Computing Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Qualys and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qualys 0 9 5 0 2.36
Qualys Competitors 75 453 1480 40 2.73

Qualys currently has a consensus target price of $45.40, suggesting a potential downside of 9.92%. As a group, “Cloud Computing Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.60%. Given Qualys’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Qualys has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Qualys beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Qualys Company Profile

Qualys, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. The Company’s solutions enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology (IT) infrastructures, help protect their IT systems and applications from cyber-attacks. Its suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables its customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions. Its Qualys Cloud Platform consists of a suite of IT security and compliance solutions. The Qualys Cloud Suite includes solutions, such as Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, AssetView, ThreatPROTECT, Policy Compliance, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, Web Application Scanning and Web Application Firewall. It provides its solutions through a software-as-a-service model.

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