Stifel analysts upgraded CrowdStrike Holdings (NASDAQ:CRWD) from Hold to Buy, increasing the stock’s price target from $153 to $225.
Stifel emphasized the critical importance of endpoint security for businesses, highlighting CrowdStrike as a “leading provider” in this area. The company differentiates itself in the competitive market with its highly effective cloud-based endpoint technology, a lightweight single-agent architecture, and its capability to analyze over 1 trillion events daily.
The analysts also noted CrowdStrike’s expansion beyond its core offerings. Through internal development and strategic mergers and acquisitions, the company is building a more comprehensive cybersecurity platform. This expansion covers adjacent cybersecurity areas like Cloud Security, Identity Security, SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), Vulnerability Management, and IT Operations, positioning CrowdStrike to benefit from the anticipated consolidation in the cybersecurity platform sector.
Stifel believes that a combination of secular trends and specific company attributes positions CrowdStrike to maintain a low-to-mid 20% growth rate, along with improvements in operating margin and free cash flow in the upcoming years.