Comparing Proofpoint (PFPT) & iPass (IPAS)

iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) and Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares iPass and Proofpoint’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
iPass $54.40 million 0.45 -$20.55 million ($0.31) -1.13
Proofpoint $515.29 million 11.50 -$84.33 million ($1.31) -89.46

iPass has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Proofpoint. Proofpoint is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than iPass, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for iPass and Proofpoint, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
iPass 0 0 4 0 3.00
Proofpoint 0 3 22 0 2.88

iPass currently has a consensus target price of $2.10, indicating a potential upside of 500.00%. Proofpoint has a consensus target price of $113.55, indicating a potential downside of 3.11%. Given iPass’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe iPass is more favorable than Proofpoint.

Volatility & Risk

iPass has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its share price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Proofpoint has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares iPass and Proofpoint’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iPass -37.78% -282.05% -88.85%
Proofpoint -16.37% -54.09% -5.19%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.9% of iPass shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of iPass shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Proofpoint shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Proofpoint beats iPass on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About iPass

iPass Inc. (iPass), is a provider of global mobile connectivity, offering wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) on mobile devices. The Company, through its Mobile Connectivity Services segment, offers a cloud-based solution allowing its customers and their users’ access to its global Wi-Fi network to stay connected to the people and information. The Company has categorized its services into two approaches: Enterprise and Strategic Partnerships. Enterprise, formerly Open Mobile Enterprise (OME), focuses on providing mobile connectivity solutions to enterprises, from large to small. Strategic Partnerships, formerly Open Mobile Exchange (OMX), is executed through business development deals intended to open channel distributions for its product to reach the consumer market. Strategic Partnerships include global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), programs, including credit card companies, software product and service providers, and communication companies.

About Proofpoint

Proofpoint, Inc. is a security-as-a-service provider that enables large and mid-sized organizations to defend, protect, archive and govern their sensitive data. The Company’s security-as-a-service platform consists of an integrated suite of on-demand data protection solutions, including threat protection, incident response, regulatory compliance, archiving, governance, eDiscovery and secure communication. The Company’s solutions are built on a cloud-based platform. The Company provides a multi-tiered security-as-a-service platform, including solutions, platform technologies and infrastructure. Its product families include Email Security, Proofpoint Advanced Threat Protection, Proofpoint Information Protection and Archiving, and Proofpoint Digital Risk Protection. The Company’s platform services include Threat detection, Threat intel extraction, Nexus threat graph, Real-time detection, Information classification and Intelligent policy.

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