Reviewing Shotspotter (NASDAQ:SSTI) & Crowdstrike (NASDAQ:CRWD)

Shotspotter (NASDAQ:SSTI) and Crowdstrike (NASDAQ:CRWD) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Shotspotter and Crowdstrike, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shotspotter 0 2 9 0 2.82
Crowdstrike 1 6 15 0 2.64

Shotspotter currently has a consensus target price of $36.78, indicating a potential upside of 24.38%. Crowdstrike has a consensus target price of $79.14, indicating a potential upside of 22.03%. Given Shotspotter’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Shotspotter is more favorable than Crowdstrike.

Profitability

This table compares Shotspotter and Crowdstrike’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shotspotter 1.95% 2.97% 1.40%
Crowdstrike N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.1% of Shotspotter shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.4% of Crowdstrike shares are held by institutional investors. 11.4% of Shotspotter shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Shotspotter and Crowdstrike’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Shotspotter $34.75 million 9.73 -$2.72 million ($0.26) -113.73
Crowdstrike N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Crowdstrike has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Shotspotter.

Summary

Shotspotter beats Crowdstrike on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Shotspotter Company Profile

ShotSpotter, Inc. provides precision-policing and security solutions for law enforcement and security personnel in the United States and South Africa. Its solutions include ShotSpotter Flex, a public safety solution, which serves cities and municipalities to identify, locate, and deter gun violence by incorporating a real-time gunshot detection system into their policing systems; and ShotSpotter Missions, a cloud-based patrol management solution to help police departments plan patrol missions and tactics for crime deterrence. The company also provides ShotSpotter SecureCampus that helps the law enforcement and security personnel serving universities, colleges, and other educational institutions to mitigate risk and enhance security by notifying authorities and first responders of an active-shooter. In addition, it offers ShotSpotter SiteSecure, which serves customers, such as corporations to safeguard their facilities; and public agencies focused on protecting critical infrastructure, including train stations, airports, and freeways. The company sells its solutions through its direct sales teams. ShotSpotter, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Newark, California.

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