Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Third Quarter 2017:
- Total Revenues: $455 million, a 6 percent increase year over year
- Software Blades Subscriptions Revenues: $120 million, a 22 percent increase year over year
- GAAP Operating Income: $225 million, representing 49 percent of revenues
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $251 million, representing 55 percent of revenues
- GAAP EPS: $1.16, an 18 percent increase year over year
- Non-GAAP EPS: $1.30, a 15 percent increase year over year
- Deferred Revenues: $1,036 million, a 17 percent increase year over year
“We delivered good third quarter financial results with revenues coming in toward the upper end of our projections and earnings per share that exceeded our projections. Our advanced threat protections continued to see nice adoption as the Infinity platform and vendor consolidation continues to resonate with customers,” said Gil Shwed, founder and chief executive officer, “During the quarter we continued to extend the reach of the Infinity platform and elevated the level of security we provide with anti-ransomware technology, cloud security for Azure stack, and the integration of the Microsoft Intune mobile management with our SandBlast mobile security.”
Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2017:
- Total Revenue: $455 million compared to $428 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- GAAP Operating Income: $225 million compared to $206 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $251 million compared to $231 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- GAAP Net Income and Earnings per Diluted Share: GAAP net income was $193 million compared to $170 million in the third quarter of 2016. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.16 compared to $0.99 in the third quarter of 2016.
- Non-GAAP Net Income: Non-GAAP net income was $215 million compared to $194 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- Non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share: $1.30 compared to $1.13 in the third quarter of 2016.
- Deferred Revenues: As of September 30, 2017, deferred revenues were $1,036 million compared to $889 million as of September 30, 2016.
- Cash Flow: Cash flow from operations of $260 million compared to $214 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- Share Repurchase Program: During the third quarter of 2017, the company repurchased 2.3 million shares at a total cost of $250 million. Under the updated plan announced in the third quarter, Check Point is authorized to continue the repurchase up to $250 million of ordinary shares each quarter, up to an additional aggregate amount of $1 billion.
- Cash Balances, Marketable Securities and Short Term Deposits: $3,865 million as of September 30, 2017, compared to $3,708 million as of September 30, 2016.
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.”
Advanced Security for Microsoft Azure Stack
Check Point announced that its flagship vSEC cloud security solution for Microsoft Azure has been enhanced to support Azure Stack, delivering consistent security across Azure public and hybrid cloud environments. Now Check Point customers are able to seamlessly protect Azure assets and workloads with industry-leading advanced threat prevention security, while also providing secure connectivity across on-premises networks and their Azure cloud environments.
SandBlast Advanced Security for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility
Check Point announced the integration of Check Point SandBlast Mobile with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to secure mobile devices in the enterprise. The integration of Check Point SandBlast Mobile, the market-leading mobile threat defense (MTD) solution, with Microsoft’s Intune enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform, provides businesses with a comprehensive approach to manage mobile devices and protect against advanced mobile attacks.
Check Point Launches New Research Online Platform and Releases Mid-Year Cyber Attack Trends Report
In 2017, almost 25% of all organizations globally have been impacted by a RoughTed malvertising cyber-attack. Check Point launched a new online platform, Check Point Research, providing cyber threat intelligence insights to the greater community. Check Point Research is a platform that informs the threat intelligence community about original Check Point research, top trends in the cyber security space, and current threat landscape details.
New ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware Protects Home PCs Against Extortion Attacks
ZoneAlarm adds a critical layer of protection to safeguard consumers against fast-evolving ransomware such as WannaCry and Petya. The launch of ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware, a new solution that identifies, quarantines, and removes sophisticated and evasive ransomware infections from users’ PCs, adds an essential layer of protection to home PCs and works alongside anti-virus software to provide PC users with broad protection against the growing threat of ransomware
We received the following industry accolades:
Cyber Security Architecture of the Future: Check Point Infinity is our fully consolidated cyber security platform that is focused on preventing attacks across networks, clouds, and mobile.
In this quarter we were recognized as a leader, and extended our leadership in Gartner’s 2017 Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls) and Enterprise Network Firewalls (ENFW) Magic Quadrants, endorsing Check Point Infinity’s security vision and innovation for large and small business.
The new reports evaluate the company’s ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute’ in areas such as security management and threat prevention solutions to diverse industries, small and midsized businesses and large enterprises. These recognitions reinforces Check Point’s continued strength in providing comprehensive security solutions to a wide range of customers.
15th “Recommended” Rating from NSS Labs – Underscoring the strength of our security architecture is the latest results from NSS Labs where Check Point received our 15th “recommended” test rating and our 3rd for the Breach Detection System test.
Honored As A Rising Star Recipient By The Global Technology Distribution Council – This award recognizes Check Point as the Sector Growth Champion in the cyber security category. The Rising Star Award distinguishes Check Point for exceptional sales growth and market share over the past year through its U.S. distribution partners. This award is a testament to Check Point’s continued strength in providing comprehensive security solutions to an expanding market.
PC Magazine Editor Choice – In testing Check Point ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware was judged to be the most effective ransomware-specific security tool, and showed complete success against all real-world samples.
CSO Magazine – In an extensive editorial review headlined “SandBlast Mobile simplifies mobile security” the review stated “Check Point’s SandBlast Mobile fits in between mobile device managers and security event log analyzers, and actually makes it easier to manage the overall security footprint of your entire mobile device fleet.”
Our security research organization has also continued to expose vulnerabilities in today’s infrastructure, which included critical vulnerabilities in mobile equipment and applications, including:
Check Point Joins Forces with LG To Secure Their Smart Home Devices
Our security research team discovered a vulnerability dubbed HomeHack – that exposed millions of users of LG’s SmartThinQ® mobile app and cloud application to unauthorized remote control of their SmartThinkQ home appliances. The research team worked with LG to eliminate the vulnerability that enabled a hacker to control the video camera on the LG Hom-Bot robot vacuum cleaner, and also to switch appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines on and off.
A New IoT Botnet Storm is Coming – New cyber-storm clouds are gathering. Check Point Researchers have discovered a brand new Botnet evolving and recruiting IoT devices at a far greater pace and with more potential damage than the Mirai botnet of 2016. IoT Botnets are Internet connected smart devices which have been infected by the same malware and are controlled by a threat actor from a remote location. They have been behind some of the most damaging cyber attacks against organizations worldwide, including hospitals, national transport links, communication companies and political movements.
‘Get Rich or Die Trying’ – Check Point Researchers Uncover International Cyber Attack Campaign.
Check Point revealed the identity of a Nigerian national, based near the country’s capital who masterminded an attack on over 4,000 companies in oil & gas, mining, construction and transportation sectors.
Check Point’s mobile threat research team identified a new variant of an Android malware that sends fraudulent premium SMS messages and charges users’ accounts for fake services without their knowledge. According to Google Play data, the malware infected at least 50 apps and was downloaded between 1 million and 4.2 million times before the affected apps were removed.
The Check Point research team found a new and alarming method that allows malware to bypass many of the most common security solutions, such as next generation anti-virus, inspection tools, and anti-ransomware. This technique, dubbed Bashware, leveraged a new Windows 10 feature called Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
“The Check Point Infinity architecture is designed to provide enterprises with the highest levels of threat prevention across their security infrastructure. The effectiveness of our solutions has been recognized yet again by a fifteenth, consecutive ‘Recommended’ award from NSS Labs,” said Gil Shwed, founder and chief executive officer of Check Point Software Technologies. “I’d like to thank our customers that provide us every day the most important recognition we can get by trusting us to secure their most valuable data.” concluded Shwed.
Fourth Quarter 2017 Investor Conference Participation Schedule:
- UBS Global Technology Conference
14, 2017 – San Francisco, CA
- Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference
29, 2017 – Scottsdale, AZ
- Wells Fargo Tech Summit
5, 2017 – Deer Valley, UT
- Cowen Network & Cybersecurity Summit
13, 2017 – New York, NY
Members of Check Point’s management team are expected to 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 October 31, 2017, at 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM 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 November 6, 2017 on the company’s website or by telephone at +1.201.612.7415, replay ID number 13672509.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. Its solutions protect customers from cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware and other types of attacks. Check Point offers a multilevel security architecture that defends enterprises’ cloud, network and mobile device held information, plus the most comprehensive and intuitive one point of control security management system. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes.
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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 operating income, net income and earnings per diluted share, which are adjustments from results based on GAAP to exclude, as applicable, stock-based compensation expenses, 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.