Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights Datadog, monday.com and Gitlab

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – June 24, 2024 – Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses Datadog DDOG, monday.com MNDY and Gitlab GTLB.

Industry: Internet Software

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The Zacks Internet Software industry is benefiting from accelerated demand for digital transformation and the ongoing shift to the cloud. The high demand for Software as a Service or SaaS-based solutions due to the increasing need for remote working, learning and diagnosis software has been a major driver for the industry players. The growing demand for solutions that support hybrid operating environments is noteworthy.

The increasing deployment of AI and generative AI is driving prospects. The growing proliferation of Augmented and Virtual Reality devices is noteworthy. Increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks are driving cybersecurity application demand. Datadog, monday.com and Gitlab are benefiting from these trends. However, heightened geopolitical risks, persistent inflation and high interest rates are major headwinds.

Industry Description

The Zacks Internet Software industry comprises companies offering application performance monitoring, as well as infrastructure and application software, DevOps deployment and Security software. Industry participants offer multi-cloud application security and delivery, social networking, online payment, and 3D printing applications and solutions. They use the SaaS-based cloud computing model to deliver solutions to end-users, as well as enterprises.

Hence, subscription is the primary revenue source. Advertising is also a major revenue source. Industry participants target a variety of end markets, including banking and financial services, service providers, federal governments, and animal health technology and services.

3 Trends Shaping the Future of the Internet Software Industry

Adoption of SaaS Growing: The industry is benefiting from the continued demand for digital transformation. Growth prospects are alluring, primarily due to the rapid adoption of SaaS, which offers a flexible and cost-effective delivery method of applications. It also cuts down on deployment time than legacy systems. SaaS attempts to deliver applications to any user, anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

It has been effective in addressing customer expectations of seamless communications across multiple channels, including voice, chat, email, web, social media and mobile. This increases customer satisfaction and raises the retention rate, driving the top lines of the industry participants. Moreover, the SaaS delivery model has supported the industry players to deliver software applications amid the coronavirus-led lockdowns and shelter-in-place guidance. Remote working, learning and diagnosis have also boosted the demand for SaaS-based software applications.

Pay-As-You-Go Model Gaining Traction: The increasing customer-centric approach is allowing end-users to perform all required actions with minimal intervention from software providers. The pay-as-you-go model helps Internet Software providers scale their offerings per the needs of different users. The subscription-based business model ensures recurring revenues for industry participants. The affordability of the SaaS delivery model, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, is another major driver. The cloud-based applications are easy to use. Hence, the need for specialized training is reduced significantly, which lowers expenses, thereby driving profits.

Ongoing Transition to Cloud Creating Opportunities: The growing need to secure cloud platforms amid the increasing incidences of cyber-attacks and hacking drives the demand for web-based cyber security software. As enterprises continue to move their on-premise workload to cloud environments, application and infrastructure monitoring is gaining importance. This is increasing the demand for web-based performance management monitoring tools.

Zacks Industry Rank Indicates Bright Prospects

The Zacks Internet Software industry, placed within the broader Zacks Computer And Technology sector, carries a Zacks Industry Rank #69, which places it in the top 28% of more than 250 Zacks industries.

The group’s Zacks Industry Rank, which is the average of the Zacks Rank of all the member stocks, indicates bright near-term prospects. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than two to one.

The industry’s position in the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries is a result of a positive earnings outlook for the constituent companies in aggregate. Looking at the aggregate earnings estimate revisions, it appears that analysts are optimistic about this group’s earnings growth potential. The industry’s earnings estimates for 2024 have moved up 21% since Jun 30, 2023.

Given the positive outlook of the industry, there are several stocks worth picking for healthy portfolio returns. However, before we present the top industry picks, it is worth looking at the industry’s shareholder returns and current valuation first.

Industry Beats S&P 500, Lags Sector

The Zacks Internet Software industry has underperformed the broader Zacks Computer and Technology sector but beat the S&P 500 Index in the past year.

The industry has risen 30.3% over this period compared with the S&P 500 Index’s jump of 26.9% and the broader sector’s growth of 40.7%.

Industry’s Current Valuation

On the basis of trailing 12-month price-to-sales (P/S), which is a commonly used multiple for valuing Internet Software stocks, we see that the industry is currently trading at 2.6X compared with the S&P 500’s 5.26X and the sector’s trailing 12-month P/S of 6.94X.

Over the last three years, the industry traded as high as 5.71X and as low as 1.69X, with a median of 3.45X.

3 Stocks to Buy Right Now

Datadog– This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company continues to benefit from strength in customer demand for modern observability, cloud security, software delivery and cloud service management offerings. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The solid adoption of its cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform, owing to accelerated digital transformation and cloud migration across organizations, remains a positive. Datadog has a rapidly growing customer base, including many large enterprises and high-growth companies.

In the first quarter, Datadog had 3,340 customers with an Annual Run Rate of $100,000 or more, which increased 14.8% year over year. These customers generated about 87% of the total ARR.

DDOG shares have lost 4.3% year to date. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 earnings has been unchanged at $1.54 per share over the past 30 days.

monday.com– This Zacks Rank #1 company provides Work OS, a cloud-based visual work operating system that consists of modular building blocks used and assembled to create software applications and work management tools.

MNDY’s efficient go-to-market model continues to drive new logo acquisitions. Net dollar retention rates remain over 110%, showcasing the stickiness and pricing power of monday.com’s products.

monday.com shares have gained 15.9% year to date. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for MNDY’s 2024 earnings is pegged at $2.29 per share, unchanged over the past 30 days.

GitLab– This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company is benefiting from an expanding clientele, driven by the strong adoption of its DevSecOps platform. Its strong partner base, which includes cloud service platforms like Alphabet and Amazon, is helping the company rapidly expand its footprint among large enterprise customers.

GitLab has more than 30 million registered users on its platform. More than 50% of Fortune 100 are GitLab customers.

GTLB shares have declined 31.9% in the year-to-date period. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s fiscal 2025 earnings is pegged at 34 cents per share, up 62% in the past 30 days.

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