Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
- Check Point Software Acquires Dome9 to Transform Cloud Security
- Total Revenue: $471 million, a 4 percent increase year over year
- Deferred Revenues: $1,148 million, an 11 percent increase year over year
- GAAP Operating Income: $226 million, representing 48 percent of revenues
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $250 million, representing 53 percent of revenues
- GAAP EPS: $1.25, a 7 percent increase year over year
- Non-GAAP EPS: $1.38, a 6 percent increase year over year
“Third quarter results reached the top end of our projections, with better than anticipated strength coming from the US and Europe,” Said Gil Shwed, Founder and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies. “Today we announced the acquisition of Dome9. This new addition to Check Point’s Infinity architecture delivers enhanced Cloud Security with advanced active policy enforcement and multi-cloud protection capabilities. The combination of Dome9 and Infinity CloudGuard product family further differentiates Check Point in the rapidly evolving Cyber Security environment.” Shwed concluded.
Financial Highlights Third Quarter of 2018:
- Total Revenue: $471 million compared to $455 million in the third quarter of 2017, a 4 percent increase year over year. Revenues were above the midpoint of our guidance.
- GAAP Operating Income: $226 million compared to $225 million in the third quarter of 2017, representing 48 percent and 49 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $250 million compared to $251 million in the third quarter of 2017, representing 53 percent and 55 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.
- GAAP Taxes on Income: $45 million compared to $44 million in the third quarter of 2017.
- GAAP Net Income and Earnings per Diluted Share: GAAP net income was $198 million compared to $193 million in the third quarter of 2017. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.25 compared to $1.16 in the third quarter of 2017, a 7 percent increase year over year.
- Non-GAAP Net Income and Earnings per Diluted Share: Non-GAAP net income was $219 million compared to $215 million in the third quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.38 compared to $1.30 in the third quarter of 2017, a 6 percent increase year over year.
- Deferred Revenues: As of September 30, 2018, deferred revenues were $1,148 million compared to $1,036 million as of September 30, 2017, an 11 percent increase year over year.
- Cash Flow: Cash flow from operations of $249 million compared to $260 million in the third quarter of 2017.
- Cash Balances, Marketable Securities and Short Term Deposits: $4,072 million as of September 30, 2018, compared to $3,865 million as of September 30, 2017.
- Share Repurchase Program: During the third quarter of 2018, we purchased approximately 2.6 million shares at a total cost of approximately $300 million.
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.”
Check Point Software to Acquire Dome9 to Transform Cloud Security: Announced in a separate press release today, this acquisition enhances Check Point’s fully consolidated Infinity architecture and its CloudGuard security offering with advanced active policy enforcement and multi-cloud protection capabilities.
Check Point Software Technologies Recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Unified Threat Management: Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.
Check Point Software Technologies Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls) for Seventh Consecutive Year: Check Point’s Next Generation Firewall (Check Point Security Gateways) continues to have one of the largest UTM market share and continues to focus on enhancing threat prevention technologies, including anti-ransomware and CPU level emulation capabilities. Its solutions assist companies in protecting their data from advanced fifth-generation threats and attacks. It is the seventh consecutive year that Check Point has been listed as a Leader for UTM by Gartner.
BlackBerry and Check Point Software Announce a Global Partnership to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats: The companies have entered a global ISV (Independent Software Vendor) partnership. The strategic agreement is the first of its kind for Check Point, and includes joint go-to-market planning and selling of Check Point’s market-leading mobile threat defense solution, SandBlast Mobile, along with BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry Dynamics.
Check Point Announces SandBlast Mobile 3.0, the First to Provide Threat Prevention Technology to Enterprise Mobile Devices: SandBlast Mobile 3.0 becomes the only solution in the category to offer threat prevention technology for the enterprise, allowing employees to safely conduct business using their mobile devices. This industry-leading mobile security solution enhances unique on-device technology is designed to prevent malicious malware, botnets and phishing attacks on mobile applications.
Check Point Introduces Generation V Security Gateway for Enterprises and Data Centers: Combining broad threat prevention with purpose-built hardware, this latest addition to the Check Point 23000 family delivers the power to inspect SSL-encrypted traffic without compromising on performance, up time, or scalability. The 23900 security gateway offers high levels of security performance with 128 Gbps of firewall throughput in a compact 2U chassis. It supports connectivity standards up to 100 GbE and features modular expansion options with up to 42 network interfaces.
Check Point’s Research Team (https://research.checkpoint.com/) exposes vulnerabilities and attacks to ensure our customers have the highest levels of prevention and protection. In the third quarter, our publications included the following:
Faxploit: Check Point researchers made a groundbreaking discovery into how corporate and home IT networks can be infiltrated via fax machines using nothing more than a mere fax number.
Man-in-the-Disk: Check Point Research revealed shortcomings in Android’s External Storage that can result in the silent installation of unrequested, potentially malicious, apps to the user’s phone and the denial of service for legitimate apps, causing applications to crash.
FakesApp: Check Point Research found new vulnerabilities in WhatsApp that could allow threat actors to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group conversations, giving attackers immense power to create and spread misinformation from what appears to be trusted sources.
Massive Malvertising Campaign: Check Point Research uncovered a large Malvertising campaign that involved multiple parties in the online advertising chain to distribute malicious content, via multiple Exploit Kits, to online users everywhere.
World Cup Espionage Apps: Check Point Research analyzed malware that had been placed on the smartphones of Israeli army soldiers. The highly invasive malware was part of an espionage campaign that Israeli security agencies attributed to the Hamas terrorist group.
Big Bang APT Attack: Check Point Research analyzed the comeback of an APT surveillance attack against institutions across the Middle East, specifically the Palestinian Authority. The malware takes a screenshot of the infected machine and sends it to a command and control server.
Black Rose Lucy: Check Point Research intercepted a new Malware-as-a-Service product developed by a Russian speaking team. It could easily become a new ‘cyber swiss army knife’ that enables worldwide hacker groups to orchestrate a wide range of attacks.
Domestic Kitten: Check Point Research revealed an extensive and targeted attack that used fake mobile applications to collect sensitive information about those considered a threat to the Iranian government. The malware collected data including contact lists stored on the victim’s mobile device, phone call records, SMS messages, geo-location of the victim, photos, surrounding voice recordings and more.
CeidPageLock: A rootkit distributed by the RIG Exploit Kit that tries to tamper with the homepage of a victim’s browser to generate fraudulent ad revenue for attackers. Check Point researchers took a deeper look at how it works.
Interactive Mapping of APT-C-23: In reference to Check Point Research’s publication about the Big Bang APT Group, it was discovered this was actually part of a larger APT campaign. Check Point Research mapped out the larger picture of how all these campaigns are connected.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Check Point will host a conference call with the investment community on October 24, 2018, at 8:30 AM EDT/5:30 AM PDT. To listen to the live webcast or replay, please visit the website www.checkpoint.com/ir.
Fourth Quarter Investor Conference Participation Schedule:
- Morningstar Management Behind The Moat Conference
November 7, 2018 – Chicago, IL
- UBS Global Technology Conference
November 13, 2018 – San Francisco, CA
- Credit Suisse 22nd Annual TMT Conference
November 27, 2018 – Scottsdale, AZ
- Wells Fargo 2018 Technology Summit
December 4, 2018 – Park City, Utah
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.