Monday, May 12, 2014

Seeking Alpha: Check Point Software Offers A Good Risk-Reward Trade-Off

After a tough couple of years in which analysts and investors questioned whether Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) could maintain its market share against more aggressive up-and-comers like Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Fortinet (FTNT) and whether the company's prioritization of margin over share was the right strategy, 2013 was a good year for the shares. That momentum has been holding up of late, as although Check Point didn't have a great first quarter, the company has avoided a lot of the negativity that has hit Fortinet, Palo Alto, and FireEye (FEYE) recently.

As a stock, Check Point is a much different proposition than Palo Alto, FireEye, or Fortinet. This company isn't disrupting the market and isn't likely going to be growing revenue at a frequent annual double-digit rate. On the other hand, it has strong market share and a good margin and free cash flow base. I don't see the same overall upside to Check Point as its smaller rivals, but on a risk-adjusted basis, the return is still good enough to make this a worthwhile stock for less risk-tolerant investors.

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Check Point Software Offers A Good Risk-Reward Trade-Off

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