Why Are SentinelOne (S) Shares Soaring Today

Kayode Omotosho /
2023/09/01 11:19 am EDT

What Happened:

Shares of cyber security company SentinelOne (NYSE:S) jumped 9.81% in the morning session after the company reported an impressive "beat and raise" quarter. Second quarter results exceeded analysts' revenue and non-GAAP operating profit expectations. Gross margin also improved. Next quarter's guidance was ahead, and the company raised full year guidance for revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, and non-GAAP operating margin. 

Overall, this quarter's results seemed fairly positive, and shareholders should feel optimistic as there are whispers that the company could be a potential acquisition target. Though, management considered this "mere speculation" during the earnings call.

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What is the market telling us:

SentinelOne's shares are very volatile and over the last year have had 43 moves greater than 5%. In context of that, today's move is indicating the market considers this news meaningful but not something that would fundamentally change its perception of the business. 

The previous big move we wrote about was 11 days ago, when the stock gained 6.34% on the news that a Reuters report stated that the company is considering strategic alternatives, including a sale. The report added that the cybersecurity company has enlisted Qatalyst Partners, an investment bank, to facilitate discussions with potential acquirers. While initial interest has been expressed, SentinelOne's valuation expectations still need to be met, raising the possibility that discussions might conclude without a deal, Reuters added.

SentinelOne is up 20.2% since the beginning of the year, but at $17.49 per share it is still trading 40.4% below its 52-week high of $29.33 from September 2022. Investors who bought $1,000 worth of SentinelOne's shares at the IPO in June 2021 would now be looking at an investment worth $412.04.

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