Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is one of 195 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Fortinet to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.
This table compares Fortinet and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility and Risk
Fortinet has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fortinet’s peers have a beta of 1.28, suggesting that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Fortinet and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Fortinet currently has a consensus price target of $43.17, suggesting a potential upside of 11.43%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 0.54%. Given Fortinet’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fortinet is more favorable than its peers.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
69.2% of Fortinet shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.4% of Fortinet shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Fortinet and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
Fortinet’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Fortinet. Fortinet is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Fortinet beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.
Fortinet Company Profile
Fortinet, Inc. is a network security company. The Company provides cyber security solutions to a range of enterprises, service providers and government organizations across the world. Its network security solution consists of FortiGate physical, virtual machine and cloud platforms, which provide integrated security and networking functions to protect data, applications and users from network-and content-level security threats. The Company’s product offerings consist of its FortiGate product family, along with its FortiManager central management and FortiAnalyzer central logging and reporting product families. Its cybersecurity platform includes a range of products, which include its FortiMail e-mail security, FortiSandbox advanced threat protection (ATP), FortiWeb Web application firewall, FortiDDos and FortiDB database security appliances, as well as its FortiClient endpoint security software, FortiAP secure wireless access points and FortiSwitch secure switch connectivity products.
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