Let's dig into the relative performance of Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) and its peers as we unravel the now-completed Q3 cybersecurity earnings season.
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 9 cybersecurity stocks we track reported a mixed Q3; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 2% while next quarter's revenue guidance was in line with consensus. Investors abandoned cash-burning companies to buy stocks with higher margins of safety, but cybersecurity stocks held their ground better than others, with the share prices up 25.5% on average since the previous earnings results.
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 $198.8 million, up 13.1% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a weak quarter for the company, with underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and decelerating customer growth.
“Rapid7 ended the third quarter with $777 million in ARR, driven by strong customer traction and momentum around our consolidated offerings for risk and threat management, which contributed over 40% of new business during the quarter,” said Corey Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Rapid7.
The stock is up 17.8% since the results and currently trades at $54.08.
Best Q3: 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 $164.2 million, up 42.4% year on year, outperforming analyst expectations by 5%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in its gross margin and a solid beat of analysts' revenue estimates.
SentinelOne scored the biggest analyst estimates beat, fastest revenue growth, and highest full-year guidance raise among its peers. The company added 66 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually to reach a total of 1,060. The stock is up 21.4% since the results and currently trades at $24.31.
Is now the time to buy SentinelOne? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.
Slowest Q3: Varonis (NASDAQ:VRNS)
Founded by a duo of former Israeli Defense Forces cyber warfare engineers, Varonis (NASDAQ:VRNS) offers software-as-service that helps customers protect data from cyber threats and gain visibility into how enterprise data is being used.
Varonis reported revenues of $122.3 million, down 0.8% year on year, falling short of analyst expectations by 2.5%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' revenue estimates and full-year revenue guidance missing analysts' expectations.
Varonis had the weakest performance against analyst estimates, slowest revenue growth, and weakest full-year guidance update in the group. The stock is up 48.4% since the results and currently trades at $46.69.
Founded in 1999 as one of the first subscription security companies, Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) provides organizations with software to assess their exposure to cyber-attacks.
Qualys reported revenues of $142 million, up 13.1% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a slower quarter for the company, with underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
The stock is up 25.5% since the results and currently trades at $191.85.
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 $584 million, up 21.4% year on year, surpassing analyst expectations by 4.2%. It was a solid quarter for the company, with a meaningful improvement in its gross margin and a decent beat of analysts' revenue estimates.
The stock is up 15.3% since the results and currently trades at $83.72.
Join Paid Stock Investor Research
Help us make StockStory more helpful to investors like yourself. Join our paid user research session and receive a $50 Amazon gift card for your opinions. Sign up here.
The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned