There is no doubt that KnowBe4 Inc. (KNBE) ticks all the boxes.

KnowBe4 Inc. (NASDAQ: KNBE) stock jumped 8.34% on Friday to $16.24 against a previous-day closing price of $14.99. With 1.82 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 1.21 million shares. During the session, the Software – Infrastructure company that operates in wider Technology sector, reached to the highest price of $16.67 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $15.16. The 52-week range on KNBE shows that it touched its highest point at $29.50 and its lowest point at $13.78 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $24.23.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of KNBE was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 10.33%, but this was down by -1.16% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -28.46% while six-month performance fell -35.07%. The stock lost -24.88% in the past year, while it has lost -29.21% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for KNBE yields -0.08 with Next year EPS estimates of 0.21. For the next quarter, that number is 0.02. This implies an EPS growth rate of -592.30% for this year and 54.41% for next year.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 174.52 million KNBE shares are outstanding with a float of 71.70 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 3.52 million, which was 2.01% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Sjoerd Sjouwerman as the firm’s Founder, Chairman & CEO, Mr. Lars Letonoff serves as its Pres, Chief Revenue Officer & Board Observer.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 74.14% of KNBE’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 52.12% of KNBE, in contrast to 43.32% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 18.34%. As the largest shareholder in KNBE with 8.10% of the stake, Fidelity Management & Research Co holds 6,090,825 shares worth 6,090,825. A second-largest stockholder of KNBE, Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC, holds 5,680,645 shares, controlling over 7.56% of the firm’s shares. Invesco Advisers, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in KNBE, holding 5,653,572 shares or 7.52% stake. With a 5.20% stake in KNBE, the Catalyst Eventide Gilead Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 3,907,983 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The First Trust NASDAQ Cybersecurity, which owns about 3.02% of KNBE stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 2,270,503 shares valued at 35.47 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index holds 2.94% of the stake in KNBE, owning 2,209,527 shares worth 34.51 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for KNBE since 13 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 10 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 3 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With KNBE analysts setting a high price target of $32.00 and a low target of $19.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $24.23. Based on these targets, KNBE could surge 97.04% to reach the target high and rise by 17.0% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 49.2% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. KNBE will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/15/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $0.17 being high and $0.10 being low. For KNBE, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $0.13. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. KnowBe4 Inc. surprised analysts by $0.02 when it reported $0.04 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.02. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.06. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.03. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.02.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded KNBE stock several times over the past three months with 9 Buys and 8 Sells. In these transactions, 4,878,864 shares were bought while 4,926,447 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 53 while that of sell transactions has risen to 66 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 44,890,736 while 44,389,296 shares were sold.

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