A tech giant that almost always flies under the radar of investors, Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA) is quietly up over 800% since its IPO date back in 2017. The stock currently trades at around $ 213.53 USD per share, which gives it a $ 28 billion market cap, and makes Okta a prime candidate to be a ten-bagger at the very least from here on out. Okta was founded back in 2009 by two former Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) employees in San Francisco, California after receiving some early venture capitalist investments from some Silicon Valley heavyweights.
Okta is a cyber security company that uses cloud-based software and artificial intelligence and machine learning to help enterprises manage and secure user authentication as well as help to develop and build ID controls into applications. In a world where the workspace and definition of an office is rapidly evolving, it remains a crucial part of an enterprise to have sufficient network security in place to protect important data. How does Okta measure up against the competition? Let’s take a look! Learn more
The Bullish Case: Okta’s stock has been a stellar performer over the past five years and has shown the increase in importance of cyber security. Okta has a high profile group of partners and clients which includes IBM, Deloitte, Accenture, KPMG, Nordstrom, MGM Resorts, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Okta recently acquired one of its largest competitors in Auth0 for $6.5 billion in an all-stock deal, showing that Okta is aggressively growing its strength both organically and through acquisitions. This year marks Okta’s first where it will reach $1 billion in revenue, and has shown at least 40% quarter over quarter revenue growth every year since it made its debut on Wall Street!
The Bearish Case: The cybersecurity industry is ripe with competition, and although Okta operates in a slightly non-traditional sector, it still sees itself up against the likes of CrowdStrike (NASDAQ:CRWD) and CloudFlare (NYSE:NET). Okta was also recently hacked in an infamous event that revealed security footage from places like federal penitentiaries and even a Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) production factory. While there were no direct effects, it did reveal that Okta’s network may not be as secure as first thought which could have damaging repercussions to obtaining future clients. Okta also trades at a 2020 price to sales ratio of about 47 times sales, and even if it reaches a revenue of $1 billion, it will still be a forward looking ratio of 28 times future sales. While not outlandish in the tech industry, shares have already corrected by nearly 30% off of the recent all-time highs of $294 per share.