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PANW Stock: Palo Alto Earnings Beat Estimates Amid Cider Security Acquisition


Palo Alto Networks (PANW) on Thursday reported October-ended quarter earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street targets and announced the acquisition of Cider Security for $195 million in cash. PANW stock climbed on the news.




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The cybersecurity firm reported earnings for its fiscal first quarter after the market close.

Palo Alto said profit rose 50% year over year to 83 cents per share on an adjusted basis. Including acquisitions, revenue rose 25% to $1.6 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 69 cents a share on sales of $1.55 billion.

Billings, a sales growth metric, rose 27% to $1.7 billion vs. estimates of $1.652 billion.

For the current quarter ending in January, Palo Alto projected earnings of 77 cents a share on revenue of $1.65 billion. Analysts had estimated profit of 70 cents a share on revenue of $1.65 billion.

PANW Stock Rises After Report

“Next-generation security annual recurring revenue grew 67% to $2.1 billion (topping estimates of $1.9 billion) while product revenue of $330 million grew 12% vs. consensus at 9%,” RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg said in a report.

Palo Alto stock popped 5% to $164.40 in extended trading on the stock market today. In Thursday’s regular session, shares dipped 1.6%.

PANW stock has declined 15.6% in 2022 through Thursday’s close. It holds a Relative Strength Rating of 64 out of a best-possible 99, according to IBD Stock Checkup.

Meanwhile, the company has spent over $3.4 billion making 10 acquisitions over the past three years. With roots in the “firewall” network security market, Palo Alto aims to build a broad cloud-based security platform.

Firewall appliances protect computer networks by blocking online intrusions and monitoring web-based apps.

Follow Reinhardt Krause on Twitter @reinhardtk_tech for updates on 5G wireless, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

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