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Avira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaAvira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaPosted: 11 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDTEvery computer needs antivirus protection, and one way companies can support that aim is to provide free antivirus to the masses. But these companies can't survive unless some users shell out their hard-earned cash for paid antivirus utilities. Piling on pro-only tools and components is one way companies encourage upgrading to a paid antivirus. Avira Antivirus Pro adds several components not available to users of Avira Free Security, but they don't really add much value. The biggest reason to pay for it is if you want to use Avira in a commercial setting, which isn't allowed with the free version.Avira's pricing is undeniably on the high side, with a list price of $59.88 per year for one license, $71.88 for three, and $95.88 for five. Admittedly, it seems to be perpetually on sale; just now, the one-license price is discounted to $44.99. That…

Is Weakness In Avast Plc (LON:AVST) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects? - Simply Wall St

Is Weakness In Avast Plc (LON:AVST) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects? - Simply Wall St


Is Weakness In Avast Plc (LON:AVST) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects? - Simply Wall St

Posted: 12 Apr 2020 10:34 PM PDT

Avast (LON:AVST) has had a rough three months with its share price down 24%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company's financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Avast's ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

View our latest analysis for Avast

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Avast is:

22% = US$249m ÷ US$1.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each £1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made £0.22 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learnt that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company's earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don't share these attributes.

A Side By Side comparison of Avast's Earnings Growth And 22% ROE

First thing first, we like that Avast has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 9.6% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Under the circumstances, Avast's considerable five year net income growth of 39% was to be expected.

As a next step, we compared Avast's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 15%.

LSE:AVST Past Earnings Growth April 13th 2020
LSE:AVST Past Earnings Growth April 13th 2020

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It's important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for AVST? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

Is Avast Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Avast's significant three-year median payout ratio of 58% (where it is retaining only 42% of its income) suggests that the company has been able to achieve a high growth in earnings despite returning most of its income to shareholders.

Along with seeing a growth in earnings, Avast only recently started paying dividends. Its quite possible that the company was looking to impress its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to drop to 44% over the next three years. However, the company's ROE is not expected to change by much despite the lower expected payout ratio.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that Avast's performance has been quite good. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.

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Avast Secure Browser for Android released, includes a built-in VPN - Help Net Security

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 02:24 AM PDT

Avast has released an Android version of Avast Secure Browser to extend its platform support beyond Windows and Mac on desktop to mobile.

Avast Secure Browser for Android

Avast Secure Browser for Android

Avast Secure Browser for Android was developed following Avast's 2019 acquisition of Tenta, a private browser backed by Blockchain pioneers ConsenSys, and has been built from the ground up by privacy and cybersecurity engineers focused on total encryption.

At its core is strong encryption including AES-256, ChaCha 256-bit, and the latest TLS/SSL cryptographic protocols for the data transport layer. To ensure that user DNS requests are kept private and secure, Avast Secure Browser for Android supports multiple DNS options straight out of the box, such as DNS over TLS, DNSSEC and decentralized DNS support.

Security and privacy features

Additional built-in security and privacy features available with Avast Secure Browser for Android include:

  • A VPN that encrypts all inbound and outbound connections to the VPN location
  • A user PIN code for device access that is never stored on any server nor on the device itself
  • Anti-tracking technologies used to prevent websites, advertisers and other web services from tracking online activity
  • Adblock integration to improve website load time
  • An encrypted media vault.

"Our goal is to be the first all-in-one browser to secure our users' privacy along with a frictionless secure browsing experience. Adding support for mobile is another milestone in our journey towards this long-term goal," said Scott Curtiss, VP and General Manager of Avast Secure Browser.

Mobile threats increase

In early March, Avast Threat Lab researchers found that the increasing use of mobile devices around the globe is fueling the growth of mobile-related malware. To date, 131 COVID-19 related apps have been detected as malicious through Avast's apklab.io platform as cybercriminals look to exploit the pandemic using social engineering tactics.

According to statistics gathered by the Avast researchers between October and December 2019, adware (software that hijacks user devices to spam them with malicious ads) is responsible for 72% of mobile malware, with the remaining 28% of threats linked to banking trojans, fake apps, lockers and downloaders.

"There is still a perception among many consumers that on mobile, internet and browser-based threats do not exist," said Curtiss. "This is not the case. Mobile is a lucrative platform for cybercriminals because of its majority market share versus desktop and higher levels of internet traffic. In the past 12 months, we've seen adware rise by 38% on Android."

Later this year, the mobile version of Avast Secure Browser will be made available on iOS. Avast Secure Browser is currently compatible with Windows 10, 8 and 7, Android and macOS.

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