Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Third Quarter 2021:
- Total Revenue: $534 million, a 5 percent increase year over year
- Subscription Revenues: $190 million, a 13 percent increase year over year
- Deferred Revenues: $1,456 million, a 12 percent increase year over year
- GAAP Operating Income: $225 million, representing 42 percent of revenues
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $261 million, representing 49 percent of revenues
- GAAP EPS: $1.40, a 1 percent decrease year over year
- Non-GAAP EPS: $1.65, a 1 percent increase year over year
“Third quarter results were strong and reflect solid execution during the quarter. Revenues came in toward the high-end of our projections and Non-GAAP earnings per share exceeded projections. Subscription revenues increased by 13 percent driven by triple-digit growth in Infinity platform sales and double-digit growth in Harmony and CloudGuard,” said Gil Shwed, Founder and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies. “During the quarter we further expanded the Infinity platform with the acquisition of Avanan, the fastest growing Cloud E-Mail and Collaboration Security Company to address the most vulnerable attack vector – malware delivered through E-Mail.”
Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2021:
- Total Revenue: $534 million compared to $509 million in the third quarter of 2020, a 5 percent increase year over year.
- GAAP Operating Income: $225 million compared to $231 million in the third quarter of 2020, representing 42 percent and 45 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2021 and 2020, respectively.
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $261 million compared to $265 million in the third quarter of 2020, representing 49 percent and 52 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2021 and 2020, respectively.
- GAAP Taxes on Income: $47 million compared to $45 million in the third quarter of 2020.
- GAAP Net Income: $187 million compared to $201 million in the third quarter of 2020.
- Non-GAAP Net Income: $220 million compared to $231 million in the third quarter of 2020.
- GAAP Earnings per Diluted share: $1.40 compared to $1.42 in the third quarter of 2020, a 1 percent decrease year over year.
- Non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted share: $1.65 compared to $1.64 in the third quarter of 2020, a 1 percent increase year over year.
- Deferred Revenues: As of September 30, 2021, deferred revenues were $1,456 million compared to $1,302 million as of September 30, 2020, a 12 percent increase year over year.
- Cash Balances, Marketable Securities and Short-Term Deposits: $3,835 million as of September 30, 2021, compared to $3,896 million as of September 30, 2020.
- Cash Flow: During the quarter we acquired Avanan, a world leader in cloud email security, for $234 million net cash consideration. Cash flow from operations was $251 million, compared to $248 million in the third quarter of 2020. The operating cash flow for the quarter included a cost of $14 million related to the acquisition of Avanan.
- Share Repurchase Program: During the third quarter of 2021, we repurchased approximately 2.64 million shares at a total cost of approximately $325 million. During the quarter we announced a $2 billion expansion to the share repurchase program with authorization to repurchase up to $325 million each quarter.
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 Technologies acquired Avanan, the fastest growing cloud email and collaboration Security Company, to redefine security for cloud email. This acquisition will expand the Check Point Harmony family which provides security for the remote workforce, and expands the Check Point Harmony Email & Collaboration product line. We intend to tightly integrate Avanan into the Check Point Infinity consolidated architecture to deliver the world’s most secure email security offering. Utilizing patented technology designed and built for cloud email environments, this will be one of the only unified solutions in the market to protect remote workforce from malicious files, URLs and Phishing across email, collaboration suites, web, network, and endpoint.
During the quarter, Check Point Software’s board of directors authorized a $2 billion expansion of the company’s on-going share repurchase program. Under the extended share repurchase program, Check Point is authorized to continue repurchasing its shares up to $325 million each quarter.
Research & Cyber Security:
Mid-Year Security Report Reveals a 29% Increase in Cyber-attacks Against Organizations Globally: Hackers continue to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote work. Ransomware attacks surged 93% in the last 6 months, fueled by innovation in attack technique called Triple Extortion.
Black market for fake vaccine certificates reaches new peaks, while Delta variant keeps spreading globally: In this report, Check Point Research (CPR) saw a 257% jump in the number of sellers using Telegram to advertise fake vaccination cards to those “who do not want to take the vaccine”, as pressure to take the vaccine rises with the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
Education sector sees a 29% increase in attacks against organizations globally: As back-to-school began, the education sector had the highest volume of cyber-attacks for the month of July. Cyber criminals are seeking to capitalize on the short-notice shift back to remote learning driven by the Delta variant, by targeting people log-in from home using their personal devices.
As the battle against cybercrime continues during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Check Point Research reports a 40% increase in cyber-attacks: Researchers shared new data on the current cyber security threats by volume, industry and region. Cyber-attacks on organizations worldwide surged 40% in 2021, compared to last year. September 2021 saw the most amount of cyber-attacks per week (avg. 870 attacks), compared to all other months since January 2020, more than double the number of attacks weekly when compared to the lowest point in March 2020.
Amazon Kindle Vulnerabilities could have led Threat Actors to Device Control and Information Theft: Security flaws were found in Amazon Kindle , the world’s most popular e-reader. By tricking victims into opening a malicious e-book, a threat actor could have leveraged the flaws to target specific demographics and take full control of a Kindle device, opening a path to stealing information stored.
Now Patched Vulnerability in WhatsApp could have led to data exposure of users: Check Point Research (CPR) exposed a security vulnerability in WhatsApp’s image filter function. By applying specific image filters to a specially crafted image and sending the resulting image, an attacker could have exploited the vulnerability to read sensitive information from WhatsApp memory.
Check Point Software Prevents Theft of Crypto Wallets on OpenSea, the World’s Largest NFT Marketplace: After seeing reports of stolen crypto wallets triggered by free airdropped NFTs, Check Point Research (CPR) investigated OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace. The investigation led to the discovery of critical security vulnerabilities on OpenSea’s platform that, if exploited, could have led hackers to hijack user accounts and steal entire crypto wallets of users, by sending malicious NFTs.
Microsoft Continues Reign as Most Imitated Brand for Phishing Attempts in Q2 2021: The Brand Phishing Report for Q2 2021 highlights brands that were most frequently imitated by cyber criminals in their attempts to steal individuals’ personal information or payment credentials.
Top prevalent malware with a thousand campaigns migrates to macOS: A new strain of malware, named “XLoader”, is a derivative of the famous “Formbook” malware family. Formbook rebranded to XLoader in 2020. Over the past six months, CPR studied XLoader’s activities, learning that XLoader is prolific, targeting not just Windows, but Mac users as well.
INDRA — what governments should learn from a cyber-attack on the Iranian train system: Check Point Research (CPR) warned governments everywhere about attacks on critical infrastructure.
PixStealer: a new wave of Android banking Trojans abusing Accessibility Services: Check Point Research (CPR) detected cyber-attacks against the users of PIX, the instant payment solution created and managed by the Brazilian Central Bank.
Canalys, a world-renowned technology channel analyst firm, has recognized Check Point as a ‘Champion’ in the Global Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix for 2021. This recognition highlights Check Point’s continued improvement in channel excellence during the last three years, making a dramatic move from being a Contender in 2019 to a Champion in 2021.
In August, Check Point Harmony Mobile was named a Market Leader in Omdia’s Market Radar Mobile Security Management Solution Report. This year’s recognition highlights Check Point Harmony Mobile’s ability to deliver a comprehensive set of capabilities that help businesses protect data across application, network, and device attack vectors.
Microsoft US Partner Award for Energy recognized Check Point Software’s focus on helping customers move more workloads to Microsoft Azure faster—by giving them the confidence that their data is secure at cloud speed and at cloud scale.
G2 recognized Check Point Software as a leader for its comprehensive security vision across cloud and on premise security, advanced threat prevention, and mobile security management.
Video Conference Information
Check Point will host a video conference with the investment community on October 28, 2021, at 8:30 AM ET/5:30 AM PT. To listen to the live video cast or replay, please visit the website: www.checkpoint.com/ir.
Fourth Quarter Investor Conference Participation Schedule:
- RBC 2021 Virtual Technology, Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference
November 16-17, 2021 – Virtual Fireside Chat & 1×1’s
- Wells Fargo 2021 Virtual Technology Conference
November 30, 2021 – Virtual 1×1’s
- Credit Suisse 2021 Technology Summit
December 1-2, 2021 – 1×1’s
- NASDAQ 2021 Technology Conference
December 2-3, 2021 – Virtual Fireside Chat & 1×1’s
- UBS 2021 Technology Conference
December 6, 2021 – Virtual Fireside Chat & 1×1’s
- Raymond James 2021 Technology Conference
December 7, 2021 – Virtual 1×1’s
- Barclays 2021 Technology Conference
December 8, 2021 – Virtual Fireside Chat & 1×1’s
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 access these presentations and the most updated information please visit the company’s web site at www.checkpoint.com/ir. The schedule is subject to change.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leading provider of cyber security solutions to corporate enterprises and governments globally. Check Point Infinity´s portfolio of solutions protects enterprises and public organisations from 5th generation cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware and other threats. Infinity comprises three core pillars delivering uncompromised security and generation V threat prevention across enterprise environments: Check Point Harmony, for remote users; Check Point CloudGuard, to automatically secure clouds; and Check Point Quantum, to protect network perimeters and datacenters, all controlled by the industry’s most comprehensive, intuitive unified security management. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes.
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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 to our expectations regarding our products and solutions and partnerships, the effects on our business of the COVID-19 pandemic, expectations related to our acquisition of Avanan and our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits from such acquisition, and our participation in investor conferences during the fourth quarter of 2021. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results or events in the future are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events 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 continued effects on our business of the COVID-19 pandemic; the market for IT security continuing to develop; competition from other products and services; our ability to successfully integrate acquired personnel, operations and technologies successfully following the completion of an acquisition; 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 2, 2021. 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 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.