Research Analysts Set Expectations for Qualys Inc’s FY2021 Earnings (NASDAQ:QLYS)

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Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS) – Investment analysts at First Analysis issued their FY2021 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Qualys in a report issued on Wednesday, February 12th. First Analysis analyst H. Smith expects that the software maker will post earnings per share of $2.98 for the year.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 12th. The software maker reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.23. The business had revenue of $84.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $84.68 million. Qualys had a net margin of 20.27% and a return on equity of 18.15%. The business’s revenue was up 14.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.51 EPS.

A number of other research firms have also weighed in on QLYS. BidaskClub raised shares of Qualys from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Qualys from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 1st. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $90.00 price target on shares of Qualys in a report on Sunday, February 9th. Wedbush raised their price target on shares of Qualys from $102.00 to $110.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price target on shares of Qualys in a report on Thursday, November 21st. Twelve research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $95.69.

QLYS opened at $92.44 on Friday. The company has a fifty day simple moving average of $85.88 and a 200 day simple moving average of $83.11. The firm has a market cap of $3.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 60.42 and a beta of 1.36. Qualys has a twelve month low of $72.76 and a twelve month high of $95.99.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of QLYS. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its stake in Qualys by 161.0% during the 4th quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 270,521 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $22,554,000 after acquiring an additional 166,864 shares during the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. lifted its position in shares of Qualys by 4,280.0% in the 4th quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 155,623 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $12,974,000 after buying an additional 152,070 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Qualys by 41.8% in the 3rd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 293,643 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $22,191,000 after buying an additional 86,488 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in Qualys by 1.6% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,081,901 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $442,532,000 after purchasing an additional 82,375 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Man Group plc lifted its position in Qualys by 54.2% in the 3rd quarter. Man Group plc now owns 188,761 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $14,264,000 after purchasing an additional 66,364 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.85% of the company’s stock.

In other Qualys news, VP Bruce K. Posey sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.86, for a total transaction of $83,860.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 85,955 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,208,186.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 7,208 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.26, for a total transaction of $643,386.08. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 214,020 shares in the company, valued at $19,103,425.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 28,086 shares of company stock worth $2,407,427 over the last quarter. 17.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc provides cloud-based security and compliance solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Qualys Cloud Apps, which includes Asset Inventory, CMDB Sync, Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, Threat Protection, Security Configuration Assessment, Indication of Compromise, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, File Integrity Monitoring, Web Application Scanning, and Web Application Firewall.

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