Critical Survey: Imperva (IMPV) versus Its Peers

Imperva (NASDAQ: IMPV) is one of 178 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Imperva to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Imperva and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Imperva 2 6 8 0 2.38
Imperva Competitors 733 4622 7334 165 2.54

Imperva presently has a consensus target price of $51.33, indicating a potential upside of 27.22%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 4.50%. Given Imperva’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Imperva is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.0% of Imperva shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Imperva shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Imperva $264.45 million -$70.27 million 149.44
Imperva Competitors $2.79 billion $290.02 million 317.04

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.

Volatility and Risk

Imperva has a beta of 1.78, indicating that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Imperva’s peers have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 -20.01% -261.23% -3.81%

Summary

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

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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