Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the largest pure-play security vendor globally, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2015.
- Total Revenue: $404 million, representing a 9 percent increase year-over-year
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $228 million, representing 56 percent of revenues
- Non-GAAP EPS: $1.04, representing a 12 percent increase year-over-year
- Deferred Revenues: $772 million, representing a 17 percent increase year-over-year
“We had very good financial results in the third quarter. Revenues were toward the high-end of our projections, while earnings exceeded projections. Our combined products and software blades revenue continued to post double-digit growth, driven primarily by data center appliances, mid-size appliances, and software blades.” said Gil Shwed, founder and chief executive officer, “Mobile devices are becoming the weakest link in cyber security, and we are committed to staying one step ahead and prevent these threats. This quarter we extended our technology to smartphones and tablets, while introducing new and innovative threat prevention solutions for cloud and network infrastructure.”
Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2015:
- Total Revenue: $404 million compared to $370 million in the third quarter of 2014.
- GAAP Operating Income: $205 million compared to $197 million in the third quarter of 2014.
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $228 million compared to $215 million in the third quarter of 2014.
- GAAP Net Income and Earnings per Diluted Share: GAAP net income was $168 million compared to $161 million in the third quarter of 2014. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.92 compared to $0.84 in the third quarter of 2014.
- Non-GAAP Net Income: Non-GAAP net income was $188 million compared to $177 million in the third quarter of 2014.
- Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.04 compared to $0.93 in the third quarter of 2014.
- Deferred Revenues: As of Sept. 30, 2015, deferred revenues were $772 million compared to $660 million as of Sept. 30, 2014.
- Cash Flow: Cash flow from operations increased by 13 percent to $228 million from $202 million in the third quarter of 2014.
- Share Repurchase Program: During the third quarter of 2015, the company repurchased 3.1 million shares at a total cost of $250 million.
- Cash Balances, Marketable Securities and Short Term Deposits: $3,612 million as of Sept. 30, 2015, compared to $3,656 million as of Sept. 30, 2014.
For information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, as well as a reconciliation of such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” and “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information.”
We launched the following new products and technologies:
Mobile Threat Prevention: To battle today’s mobile threat environment, Check Point announced Mobile Threat Prevention, a new mobile security solution for stopping mobile threats on iOS and Android. Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention provides the highest level of protection against malware targeted at smartphones and tablets.
SandBlast Zero-Day Protection: A new advanced threat prevention solution designed to provide a level of cyber protection unmatched in today’s market. By utilizing CPU-level threat detection to uncover threats at the pre-infection level, Check Point SandBlast elevates threat defense with evasion-resistant malware detection and comprehensive protection from even the most dangerous attacks, significantly reducing the risk of expensive breaches.
Cloud Security: Check Point vSEC was designed for private cloud environments and works with VMware NSX to extend comprehensive, best-in-class security. The integrated solution allows customers to accelerate security deployment in virtualized datacenter environments for east-west traffic. The solution is designed to prevent zero-day attacks, APTs and other security threats within the private cloud.
We received the following industry accolades:
NSS Breach Detection Systems Results: Check Point’s Next Generation Threat Prevention Solution received a “recommended” rating in the NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems (BDS) group test. Check Point received a 100 percent catch rate of HTTP, 100 percent catch rate for email and 100 percent catch rate for drive by malware. Check Point solutions also delivered the lowest reported price per protected Mbps of traffic according to the latest published report.
Leader in the Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management: Check Point is positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management for the fifth consecutive time.i
Leader in the Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection: Celebrating its ninth consecutive year as a Leader in the Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection, Check Point continues to secure the mobile space and recently announced Mobile Threat Prevention.ii
Number One in Worldwide Firewall Equipment Market Share: Check Point is the leader in worldwide market share in 2Q 2015 for Firewall Equipment, according to the Gartner Market Share: Enterprise Network Equipment by Market Segment, Worldwide reports.iii
Top Position in Worldwide Combined Firewall and UTM Appliance Market: Check Point continued to be the number one vendor in worldwide combined Firewall and UTM appliance revenue for 2Q 2015, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker.iv
We also expanded our partnership with VMware:
Charter Membership in the AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance: Together, Check Point and AirWatch will drive new ways for customers to protect the growing number of devices accessing corporate data and networks, delivering a comprehensive solution for stopping mobile threats before they start.
Our security research organization has also continued to expose vulnerabilities in today’s internet infrastructure, these included critical vulnerabilities in mobile equipment and applications including:
WhatsApp Web Vulnerabilities: Check Point security researchers recently discovered significant vulnerabilities that exploit the WhatsApp Web logic and allow attackers to trick victims into executing arbitrary code on their machines in a new and sophisticated way. These vulnerabilities put up to 200 million WhatsApp users at risk and it was quickly remediated by WhatsApp.
Discovered Certifi-gate Vulnerability in Android: At Black Hat, Check Point’s mobile security research team announced the discovery of “Certifi-gate,” a vulnerability that allows applications to gain illegitimate privileged access rights, typically used by remote support applications that are either pre-installed or personally installed on the device. Attackers can exploit Certifi-gate to gain unrestricted device access, allowing them to steal personal data, track device locations, and turn on microphones to record conversations and more. We estimate that the Certfi-gate vulnerability exists in hundreds of millions of devices.
BrainTest related Mobile Malware: Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention multiple instances of a mobile malware variant infecting mobile devices. The malware, packaged within an Android game app called BrainTest, affected between 200,000 to million users. The Apps containing the malware were removed by Google subsequent to Check Point’s report.
“This quarter we experienced significant growth in the sales of our advanced threat prevention technologies, including the SandBlast solutions and Anti-bot. In addition, we launched our mobile threat prevention solution to address our customers growing mobile security needs. These new technologies demonstrate our commitment to stay one step ahead of cyber security threats,” Concluded Shwed.
Fourth Quarter 2015 Investor Conference Participation Schedule:
- UBS Global Technology Conference
Nov. 17, 2015 – San Francisco, CA
- Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference
Dec. 2, 2015 – Scottsdale, AZ
- Raymond James Supply Chain Conference*
Dec. 8, 2015– New York, NY
- Barclays Global Technology Conference*
Dec. 9, 2015– San Francisco, CA
- Cowen Cyber Security & Networking Summit*
Dec., 15, 2015– New York, NY
* Investor meetings only
Members of Check Point’s management team will present at these conferences and discuss the latest company strategies and initiatives. Check Point’s conference presentations are expected to be available via webcast on the company’s web site. To view these presentations and access the most updated information please visit the company’s web site at www.checkpoint.com/ir. The schedule is subject to change.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Check Point will host a conference call with the investment community on Oct. 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM ET/5:30 AM PT. To listen to the live webcast, please visit the website at: www.checkpoint.com/ir. A replay of the conference call will be available through Nov. 1, 2015 on the company’s website or by telephone at +1.201.612.7415, replay ID number 13622818.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), the largest pure-play security vendor globally, provides industry-leading solutions, and protects customers from cyberattacks with an unmatched catch rate of malware and other types of attacks. Check Point offers a complete security architecture defending enterprises’ networks to mobile devices, in addition to the most comprehensive and intuitive security management. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes. At Check Point, we secure the future.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements related our introduction of new technologies and solutions and the functionality of such technologies and solutions. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include our ability to continue to develop platform capabilities and solutions; customer acceptance and purchase of our existing solutions and new solutions; the market for IT security continuing to develop; competition from other products and services; and general market, political, economic and business conditions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 24, 2015. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Check Point as of the date hereof, and Check Point disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Check Point uses non-GAAP measures of net income, operating income and earnings per share, which are adjustments from results based on GAAP to exclude stock-based compensation charges, amortization of intangible assets and acquisition related expenses and the related tax affects. Check Point’s management believes the non-GAAP financial information provided in this release is useful to investors’ understanding and assessment of Check Point’s ongoing core operations and prospects for the future. Historically, Check Point has also publicly presented these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures in order to assist the investment community to see the Company “through the eyes of management,” and thereby enhance understanding of its operating performance. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included with the financial statements contained in this press release. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating business internally and as such has determined that it is important to provide this information to investors.