Shares of cloud-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Holdings was upgraded to buy from hold at Stifel. The analysts also hiked the price target raised to a Wall Street-high of $300 a share from $240.
Stifel analysts mentioned that a survey it conducted of CrowdStrike customers reflects the growing customer demand for consolidating security functionalities with CrowdStrike over time as well as extending their CrowdStrike deployments.
Analyst Brad Redback of Stifel said he sees significant room for CrowdStrike to gain new customers. According to Redback, the company over time can boost its customer count to more than 100,000 (that is, nearly 10 times the 11,420 customers the company reported in its January quarter).
Stifel is expecting a greater use of CrowdStrike's Falcon endpoint protection program that should enable the company to reach the higher end of its non-GAAP subscription gross-margin target range of between 77% and 82% faster than investors currently expect.