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Attention Cybersecurity Investors: Proofpoint Is No Longer A One-Trick Pony

September 8, 2017 12:04 pm
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Following its attendance of Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT)’s analyst Day, BTIG clarified that the company may no longer be a one-trick pony. As such, the firm reiterated its Buy rating and its $110 price target on the shares of the company.

Clarifying their view, analysts Joel Fishbein and Edward Parker said Proofpoint is not just an email security company but a next-gen cybersecurity player protecting individuals, data and brands. The analysts said the
broad set of capabilities based on its cloud platform, protect a broad set of threat vectors, including email, URL, social, mobile and the domain.

The analysts estimate that emerging products such as email fraud defense, social media and mobile security, threat response, threat intelligence and TAP SaaS defender account for over 10 percent of the company’s average revenue growth. These businesses are growing at a healthy pace of 100 percent year over year, the firm added.

See also: Some Turn Bearish On Palo Alto, Fortinet And Check Point Even As Cybercrime Endures

“The renewal/upsell potential in the business is coupling nicely with the core greenfield opportunities in the market, which should drive long-term profitability and FCF above current expectations,” BTIG said.

BTIG sees robust market opportunity for Proofpoint, as it continues to grow at industry best rates. The firm noted that the company has about 41 percent of the Fortune 500, 33 percent of the Fortune 1000 and 15 percent of the Global 2000 companies among its customers.

Giving an indication of the opportunity before it, the firm said only about 20 percent of Proofpoint’s revenues currently come from outside of North America.

Giving the key takeaways from the analyst day, BTIG said it sees Proofpoint as one of the strongest investment cases in the current cybersecurity cycle. The firm believes the company would continue to benefit from the growing vendor consolidation within the enterprise.

Additionally, the firm thinks the company’s upwardly revised 2020 revenue guidance of $1.025 billion to $1.100 billion looks achievable on trend line assumptions, with room for upside.

Concluding the firm said, its positive investment thesis remains intact.

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UPDATE: Morgan Stanley Downgrades Proofpoint To Equal-Weight, Lowers Target To $137 Sees 'more muted upside in CY20 as email security gains mature, emerging products ramp but are sub-scale and renewal growth moderates after a slower '19'