Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) & CrowdGather (NASDAQ:CRWG) Critical Contrast

Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) and CrowdGather (OTCMKTS:CRWG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Proofpoint $716.99 million 9.69 -$103.75 million ($1.15) -108.57
CrowdGather $370,000.00 1.30 -$570,000.00 N/A N/A

CrowdGather has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Proofpoint.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Proofpoint and CrowdGather, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Proofpoint 1 2 18 0 2.81
CrowdGather 0 0 0 0 N/A

Proofpoint presently has a consensus target price of $132.21, indicating a potential upside of 5.89%. Given Proofpoint’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Proofpoint is more favorable than CrowdGather.

Risk & Volatility

Proofpoint has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CrowdGather has a beta of -2.55, suggesting that its stock price is 355% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.1% of Proofpoint shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Proofpoint shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 36.4% of CrowdGather shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Proofpoint -15.82% -13.93% -5.37%
CrowdGather N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Proofpoint beats CrowdGather on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Proofpoint

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.

About CrowdGather

CrowdGather, Inc., a social networking Internet company, develops and hosts forum based Websites primarily in the United States. It monetizes a network of online forums and message boards designed to engage, provide information to, and build community around users. The company's forum community connects a network of people sharing their questions, expertise, and experiences. It also provides targeted advertising and marketing services for online customers. The company's portfolio includes approximately 350 domain names and 70 Web properties at various stages of development. CrowdGather, Inc. is headquartered in Calabasas, California.

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