CSG Systems International (NASDAQ:CSGS) vs. Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) Head to Head Survey

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CSG Systems International (NASDAQ:CSGS) and Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CSG Systems International and Proofpoint, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSG Systems International 0 0 2 0 3.00
Proofpoint 0 4 14 1 2.84

CSG Systems International presently has a consensus target price of $55.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.55%. Proofpoint has a consensus target price of $143.78, suggesting a potential upside of 24.30%. Given CSG Systems International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe CSG Systems International is more favorable than Proofpoint.

Profitability

This table compares CSG Systems International and Proofpoint’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSG Systems International 8.52% 25.93% 8.16%
Proofpoint -17.35% -7.09% -1.81%

Risk and Volatility

CSG Systems International has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Proofpoint has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CSG Systems International and Proofpoint’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSG Systems International $996.81 million 1.40 $82.77 million $3.04 13.86
Proofpoint $888.19 million 7.46 -$130.26 million ($0.72) -160.65

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.6% of CSG Systems International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.6% of Proofpoint shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of CSG Systems International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Proofpoint shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CSG Systems International beats Proofpoint on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

CSG Systems International Company Profile

CSG Systems International, Inc. provides business support solutions primarily to the communications industry in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers revenue management and digital monetization solutions, including Advanced Convergent Platform, a pre-integrated hybrid cloud-based platform; and Ascendon, Singleview, Total Service Mediation, and Wholesale Business Management Solution platforms. It also provides customer communications management solutions, such as field force automation, analytics, electronic bill presentment, ACH, etc. for processing voice, SMS/text, print, and email messages; and payment solutions, such as cloud-based integrated suite of products and solutions. In addition, the company offers managed services; and professional services to implement, configure, and maintain its products, as well as licenses products, such as mediation, partner management, rating, and charging. It serves the media, entertainment, government, insurance, and health care industries. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Proofpoint Company Profile

Proofpoint, Inc. operates as a security-as-a-service provider that enables large and mid-sized organizations to defend, protect, archive, and govern their sensitive data worldwide. It offers protection against advanced and targeted threats, including malicious attachments, polymorphic threats, zero-day exploits, user-transparent ‘drive-by' downloads, malicious Web links, hybrid threats, malware free attacks, and other penetration tactics. The company also provides integrated email security, advanced threat, information protection and archiving, and digital risk protection product services. In addition, it offers solutions that enable secure business-to-business and business-to-consumer communications; email encryption services that encrypt sensitive emails and deliver them to PC or mobile device; file-transfer solutions for end-users to share various forms of documents and other content; security optimized cloud architecture solutions; and extensible security-as-a-service platform. The company serves aerospace and defense, education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail sectors. Proofpoint, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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