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Why CrowdStrike Holdings Jumped Nearly 5% Today

By Nicholas Rossolillo – Oct 26, 2021 at 1:10PM

Key Points

  • CrowdStrike's software is expanding on its integration with Amazon's AWS cloud platform.

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A new cloud security agreement could bring in lots of new customers.

What happened

Shares of endpoint security leader CrowdStrike Holdings (CRWD -2.70%) were up as much as 5% today, but were up 2.2% as of 12:55 p.m. EDT. This builds on the market-beating returns for this cybersecurity outfit. The stock is up some 35% in 2021 with only a couple of months remaining in the year.  

So what

As for the reason for today's big jump, CrowdStrike announced a deepened relationship with Amazon (AMZN -1.50%) Web Services (AWS). A few security modules already on CrowdStrike's cloud-native platform now work for joint customers of CrowdStrike and AWS.  

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Specifically, CrowdStrike's Cloud Security Assessment now works with CloudEndure Disaster Recovery on AWS to help prevent and mitigate ransomware attacks (when data is held hostage). CrowdStrike IAM Analyzer is also now available for AWS to prevent identity-based breaches via users' cloud account credentials. And CrowdStrike's security software designed to be embedded and deployed with cloud-based workloads is also now available for AWS customers.  

Now what

Given the massive global scale of AWS and the new functionality to help with customer security, investors are feeling optimistic CrowdStrike could pick up some new customers -- or at least expand on existing customer relationships -- with this announcement. 

Growth is absolutely the name of the game here. CrowdStrike stock, currently at an incredible $63 billion in enterprise value, implies the expectation that sales will expand at a double-digit-percentage pace for some time. Based on management's full-year forecasts, that values this cybersecurity stock at 45 times current year sales.

Nevertheless, CrowdStrike's top team thinks it will haul in as much as $1.41 billion in revenue this year, a 61% increase over last year. If the company can continue at a similar pace for the next couple of years, shares aren't so unreasonable. Inking an expanded relationship with AWS certainly helps this cause.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Nicholas Rossolillo and his clients own shares of CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. The Motley Fool recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1,920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1,940 calls on Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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