Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. shares rose strongly in regular trading today after the cybersecurity company reported solid earnings and revenue beats in the third quarter.
For the quarter that ended Sept. 30, Check Point reported a profit before costs such as stock compensation of $1.77 a share, up 7% year-over-year, on revenue of $578 million, up 13%. Analysts had been predicting a $1.67-a-share profit and $571.78 million in revenue.
Check Point’s figures were mainly up across the board, with security subscription revenue rising 13%, to $216 million. Deferred revenues also rose 13%, to $1.647 billion. Cash balances, marketable security and short-term deposits ended the quarter at $3.57 billion, down from $3.835 billion the same time last year, but were balanced by Check Point spending $325 million in the quarter on a share repurchase program.
Highlights in the quarter included an expansion of Check Point’s Infinity platform with the introduction of Horizon, a security operations solutions and services suite. Another new product, the Quantum IOT Protect Software Blade, is described as the only autonomous threat prevention for the Internet of Things that delivers “threat prevent in five minutes, not five months.”
“We delivered strong third-quarter results reflecting solid execution during the quarter,” Gil Shwed, founder and chief executive of Check Point, said in a statement. “Product and Security Subscription revenues increased by 13%, driven by double-digit growth in Harmony, CloudGuard and Quantum network security gateways.”
Shwed also noted that Tal Payne, Check Point’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer, is taking six months of “sabbatical leave” starting in November for a cycling tour and traveling around the world. The company vice president of finance, Roei Golan, will serve as acting CFO during this period.
Buried in a PowerPoint presentation for investors was a projection that the company will deliver an adjusted profit of $2.22 to $2.42 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $608 million to $658 million.
Investors liked the numbers. Check Point’s earnings results dropped before the opening bell, and its share price rose more than 9% to close regular trading at $127.90.