Wrapping up Q1 earnings, we look at the numbers and key takeaways for the cybersecurity stocks, including Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) and its peers.
Cybersecurity continues to be one of the fastest growing segments within software for good reason. Almost every company is slowly finding itself becoming a technology company and facing rising cybersecurity risks. Businesses are accelerating adoption of cloud based software, moving data and applications into the cloud to save costs while improving performance. This migration has opened them to a multitude of new threats, like employees accessing data via their smartphone while on an open network, or logging into a web-based interface from a laptop in a new location.
The 10 cybersecurity stocks we track reported a decent Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 3.71%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 2.04% above consensus. Technology stocks have been hit hard on fears of higher interest rates, but cybersecurity stocks held their ground better than others, with share price down 8.39% since earnings, on average.
Founded during the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2009, Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) is a cloud-based software as a service platform that helps companies manage identity for their employees and customers.
Okta reported revenues of $414.9 million, up 65.3% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 6.72%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with an exceptional revenue growth and a solid beat of analyst estimates.
Okta achieved the strongest analyst estimates beat of the whole group. The stock is down 15.6% since the results and currently trades at $79.04.
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Best Q1: SentinelOne (NYSE:S)
With roots in the Israeli cyber intelligence community, SentinelOne (NYSE:S) provides software to help organizations efficiently detect, prevent, and investigate cyber attacks.
SentinelOne reported revenues of $78.2 million, up 109% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 4.83%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with a very optimistic guidance for the next quarter and an exceptional revenue growth.
SentinelOne pulled off the fastest revenue growth and highest full-year guidance raise among its peers. The company added 71 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually to a total of 591. The stock is down 10.7% since the results and currently trades at $21.99.
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Slowest Q1: ForgeRock (NYSE:FORG)
Founded in Norway by former Sun Microsystems engineers, ForgeRock (NYSE:FORG) offers software as a service that helps companies secure and manage the identity of their customers and employees.
ForgeRock reported revenues of $48 million, up 13.4% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 3.35%. It was a weaker quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and a slow revenue growth.
ForgeRock had the slowest revenue growth and weakest full year guidance update in the group. The stock is up 28.3% since the results and currently trades at $18.36.
After successfully selling all four of his previous cybersecurity companies, Jay Chaudhry's fifth venture, Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) offers software as a service that helps companies securely connect to applications and networks in the cloud.
Zscaler reported revenues of $286.8 million, up 62.5% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 5.64%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with exceptional revenue growth and guidance for the next quarter above analysts' estimates.
The stock is down 3.78% since the results and currently trades at $136.75.
Founded in 2000 with the idea that network security comes before endpoint security, Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) provides software as a service that helps companies understand where they are exposed to cyber security risks, quickly detect breaches and respond to them.
Rapid7 reported revenues of $157.3 million, up 33.9% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 2.1%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with decelerating customer growth.
The company added 124 customers to a total of 10,407. The stock is down 34.9% since the results and currently trades at $61.71.
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