Sophos Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides cloud-enabled end-user and network security solutions.
High growth potential with mediocre balance sheet.
Share Price & News
How has Sophos Group's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: SOPH has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: SOPH exceeded the UK Software industry which returned 0.2% over the past year.
Return vs Market: SOPH exceeded the UK Market which returned -5% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Sophos Group's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
5 months ago | Simply Wall StWhy We’re Not Impressed By Sophos Group plc’s (LON:SOPH) 7.0% ROCE
6 months ago | Simply Wall StShould You Be Excited About Sophos Group plc's (LON:SOPH) 17% Return On Equity?
6 months ago | Simply Wall StIs Sophos Group plc's (LON:SOPH) Growth Strong Enough To Justify Its September Share Price?
Is Sophos Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: SOPH (£5.8) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£3.83)
Significantly Below Fair Value: SOPH is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: SOPH is poor value based on its PE Ratio (433x) compared to the Software industry average (30.3x).
PE vs Market: SOPH is poor value based on its PE Ratio (433x) compared to the UK market (16.4x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: SOPH is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (11.4x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: SOPH is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (26.6x) compared to the GB Software industry average (3.1x).
How is Sophos Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: SOPH's forecast earnings growth (38.1% per year) is above the savings rate (0.5%).
Earnings vs Market: SOPH's earnings (38.1% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the UK market (14.6% per year).
High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: SOPH's revenue (8.3% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (3.7% per year).
High Growth Revenue: SOPH's revenue (8.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: SOPH's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (23.1%)
How has Sophos Group performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: SOPH has a large one-off loss of $17.5M impacting its September 30 2019 financial results.
Growing Profit Margin: SOPH became profitable in the past.
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: SOPH has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 44.2% per year.
Accelerating Growth: SOPH has become profitable in the last year, making the earnings growth rate difficult to compare to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: SOPH has become profitable in the last year, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Software industry (3.4%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: SOPH's Return on Equity (6.1%) is considered low.
How is Sophos Group's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: SOPH's short term assets ($276.5M) do not cover its short term liabilities ($626.4M).
Long Term Liabilities: SOPH's short term assets ($276.5M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($548.6M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: SOPH's debt to equity ratio (118.6%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: SOPH had negative shareholder equity 5 years ago, but is now positive and has therefore improved.
Debt Coverage: SOPH's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (96%).
Interest Coverage: SOPH's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (3.7x coverage).
What is Sophos Group's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Forecast Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate SOPH's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate SOPH's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SOPH's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SOPH's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: SOPH is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of SOPH's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the UK market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Kris Hagerman (54yo)
Mr. Kristof Hagerman, also known as Kris, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Sophos Group plc since joined it in 2012. Mr. Hagerman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sophos Holdings Limited. He ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Kris's total compensation ($USD4.68M) is above average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD2.39M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Kris's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|CEO & Executive Director||8.17yrs||US$4.68m||1.45% $43.2m|
|Co-Founder & Special Advisor to the Board||no data||no data||no data|
|Co-Founder & Special Advisor to the Board||35.17yrs||no data||no data|
|Chief Technology Officer||5.08yrs||no data||no data|
|Chief Information Officer||3.58yrs||no data||no data|
|Vice President of Investor Relations||no data||no data||no data|
|Chief Legal Officer||0.17yr||no data||no data|
|Chief Marketing Officer||8.17yrs||no data||no data|
|Chief Human Resources Officer||1.33yrs||no data||no data|
|Managing Director of Sales||no data||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: SOPH's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.1 years average tenure).
|CEO & Executive Director||8.17yrs||US$4.68m||1.45% $43.2m|
|Non-Executive Chairman||14.17yrs||US$255.00k||0.056% $1.7m|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||3.17yrs||US$150.00k||0.0097% $290.1k|
|Senior Independent Director||5.17yrs||US$175.00k||0.037% $1.1m|
|Non-Executive Director||10.17yrs||no data||no data|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||10.17yrs||US$150.00k||0.042% $1.2m|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||2.92yrs||US$165.00k||0.000080% $2.4k|
Experienced Board: SOPH's board of directors are considered experienced (7.7 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 3.5%.
Sophos Group plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Sophos Group plc
- Ticker: SOPH
- Exchange: LSE
- Founded: 1985
- Industry: Systems Software
- Sector: Software
- Market Cap: UK£2.991b
- Shares outstanding: 515.32m
- Website: https://www.sophos.com
Number of Employees
- Sophos Group plc
- The Pentagon
- Abingdon Science Park
- OX14 3YP
- United Kingdom
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|SOPH||LSE (London Stock Exchange)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||GB||GBP||Jun 2015|
|SOPHl||BATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')||Yes||Ordinary Shares||GB||GBP||Jun 2015|
|2SO||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||DE||EUR||Jun 2015|
|SPHH.F||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||US||USD||Jun 2015|
Sophos Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides cloud-enabled end-user and network security solutions. The company offers Intercept X, which delivers endpoint protection against unknown malware, exploits, and ransomware; XG Firewall, a next generation firewall that provides unprecedented visibility for networks, users, and applications directly from the control center; Sophos Central, a unified cloud administration console for managing various Sophos products; and Cloud Optix that offers artificial intelligence-based cloud security analytics, compliance, and DevSecOps platform to provide end-to-end protection in public cloud services. It also provides Sophos Wireless, a wireless access point; Sophos Email, an email security solution; Sophos Mobile, a unified endpoint management and mobile threat defense solution; UTM, a unified threat management solution; Phish Threat, a phishing simulation and engaging training solution; and Intercept X for Server, a next-generation server protection solution that provides security against cyber threats. In addition, the company offers SafeGuard Encryption solution; Secure Web Gateway for Web security; and Sophos Home for Mac and PC protection. It serves education, healthcare, retail, finance, and banking industries, as well as governments and public sectors in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company has strategic alliance with Arcserve, LLC. Sophos Group plc was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Abingdon, the United Kingdom.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/03/03 23:18|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/03/02 00:00|
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