Comparing Zscaler (ZS) & The Competition

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Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) is one of 38 public companies in the “Custom computer programming services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Zscaler to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Zscaler and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zscaler 0 8 2 1 2.36
Zscaler Competitors 221 927 1590 70 2.54

Zscaler presently has a consensus price target of $35.86, suggesting a potential downside of 5.20%. As a group, “Custom computer programming services” companies have a potential upside of 0.80%. Given Zscaler’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Zscaler has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Zscaler and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zscaler N/A N/A N/A
Zscaler Competitors 1.12% 97.69% 4.69%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Zscaler and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Zscaler $190.17 million -$33.64 million -122.03
Zscaler Competitors $2.00 billion $177.09 million -3.23

Zscaler’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Zscaler. Zscaler is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.1% of Zscaler shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.4% of shares of all “Custom computer programming services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Custom computer programming services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Zscaler competitors beat Zscaler on 11 of the 12 factors compared.

About Zscaler

Zscaler, Inc. operates as a cloud security company worldwide. The company develops a software-as-a-service based security platform that secures access for users and devices to applications and services. It serves airline and transportation, conglomerate, consumer good and retail, financial service, healthcare, manufacturing, media and communication, public sector and education, technology, and telecommunications service industries. The company was formerly known as SafeChannel, Inc., and changed its name to Zscaler, Inc. in August 2008. Zscaler, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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