- Fiscal first quarter billings grow 15 percent year over year to $596.5 million
- Deferred revenue grows 37 percent year over year to $1.9 billion
- Announces the appointment of Kathy Bonanno as Chief Financial Officer
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter 2018 ended October 31, 2017.
Total revenue for the fiscal first quarter 2018 grew 27 percent year over year to $505.5 million, compared with total revenue of $398.1 million for the fiscal first quarter 2017. GAAP net loss for the fiscal first quarter 2018 was $64.0 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net loss of $56.9 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the fiscal first quarter 2017.
Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal first quarter 2018 was $69.8 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $51.2 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the fiscal first quarter 2017. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP information is contained in the tables below.
"I am pleased with our start to fiscal year 2018 as we delivered record first quarter revenue of $505.5 million, growing 27 percent year over year, and added more than 2,500 new customers, bringing the total number of customers we now serve to more than 45,000," said Mark McLaughlin, chief executive officer of Palo Alto Networks. "We continue to drive disruptive evolutions in a large and growing market by delivering highly automated and orchestrated security capabilities that increase prevention rates and simplify consumption models."
"Execution of our 'land and expand' go-to-market model resulted in strong first quarter performance with very strong new customer acquisition and broad adoption of our Next-Generation Security Platform," said Steffan Tomlinson, chief financial officer of Palo Alto Networks. "Once again, we grew significantly faster than the market and our competition while delivering record deferred revenue, increasing year-over-year GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins, and generating robust cash flow. We ended the quarter with approximately $2.3 billion in cash, cash equivalents and investments."
Chief Financial Officer Appointed
This afternoon, the company announced the appointment of Kathy Bonanno as the company's next chief financial officer. Kathy has held senior finance positions at Palo Alto Networks since 2014 and, most recently, had responsibility for financial planning, treasury, enterprise risk management and facilities. In her 30 years of business experience, she has held a variety of senior finance positions, including at Symantec Corporation and American Airlines. She holds a B.S. in finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Texas Christian University.
"I am very pleased to welcome Kathy as our next chief financial officer," said McLaughlin. "With more than three years at Palo Alto Networks and a decade in cybersecurity, she has an intimate knowledge of our company, the industry, and broad expertise across finance disciplines, as well as a proven track record of building world-class organizations. Her knowledge of the company and team helps ensure a seamless transition, and I look forward to continuing to work with Kathy as we drive the next evolution in cybersecurity."
"I'm excited about the growth potential in front of Palo Alto Networks," said Bonanno. "As the market disruptor, we have a unique opportunity to continue to take share at scale, while increasing operating leverage. I look forward to continuing to work with our team to realize the company's potential."
- Released Traps version 4.1 – Traps™, our advanced endpoint protection offering, now offers additional features that enable customers to prevent malware and kernel exploit attacks by monitoring for new techniques and ransomware behavior, and upon detection, prevents the attack and resulting encryption of the data.
- Expanded Aperture SaaS security service – Aperture™, our Cloud Access Security Broker offering, now provides application protection for several Amazon® Web Services (AWS®) solutions, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, AWS Identity and Access Management and Amazon Simple Storage Service. These new capabilities enable organizations to achieve even more protection for AWS, as well as address critical cloud security needs. In addition, Aperture support for Office 365® and Google® applications has been enhanced to include cloud-based email services and G Suite Marketplace applications.
- Earned the NSS Labs' "Recommended" rating in its Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System test – In the NSS Labs 2017 Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) test, our platform achieved a "Recommended" rating for its block rate, resistance to evasions, and performance.
- Joined forces with Telefónica Business Solutions – Telefónica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, announced the launch of Clean Pipes 2.0, a software-based security service jointly designed by Telefónica Business Solutions; ElevenPaths, Telefónica's cybersecurity unit; and Palo Alto Networks. The Palo Alto Networks security platform safely enables all applications and enables Clean Pipes 2.0 to deliver highly automated, preventive protection against cyberthreats at all stages in the attack lifecycle without compromising performance.
- Recognized by Fortune Magazine for innovation – We were recently honored to be named to Fortune® Magazine's Top 50 Companies Changing the World and Future 50 lists, recognizing the work we are doing to "empower businesses to fend off cyberattacks" with our security platform and the extension thereof to build security applications on top of it. This acknowledgement by Fortune underscores our commitment to innovation and our dedication to improving security outcomes for our customers.
- Opened new Santa Clara, Calif. headquarters – On September 21, we announced the grand opening of our new state-of-the-art LEED Silver U.S. headquarters. The new campus was designed to foster a culture of innovation and teamwork among employees in pursuit of achieving the company's mission to prevent successful cyberattacks and maintain trust in the digital age.
Palo Alto Networks provides guidance based on current market conditions and expectations.
For the fiscal second quarter 2018, we expect:
- Total revenue in the range of $518 to $528 million, representing year-over-year growth between 23 percent and 25 percent. Product revenue in the range of $185 to $188 million, representing year-over-year growth between 10 percent and 11 percent.
- Total billings in the range of $640 to $655 million, representing year-over-year growth between 14 percent and 17 percent.
- Diluted non-GAAP net income per share in the range of $0.78 to $0.80 using 94 to 96 million shares.
For the fiscal year 2018, we expect:
- Total revenue in the range of $2.145 to $2.185 billion, representing year-over-year growth between 22 percent and 24 percent. Product revenue in the range of $755 to $770 million, representing year-over-year growth between 6 percent and 9 percent.
- Total billings in the range of $2.650 to $2.710 billion, representing year-over-year growth between 16 percent and 18 percent.
- Diluted non-GAAP net income per share in the range of $3.35 to $3.41 using 96 to 98 million shares.
Guidance for non-GAAP financial measures excludes share-based compensation related charges including share-based payroll tax expense, acquisition related costs, amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, litigation-related charges including legal settlements, facility exit costs, non-cash interest expense related to our convertible senior notes, foreign currency gains (losses) and income and other tax effects associated with these items, and certain non-recurring expenses. We have not reconciled diluted non-GAAP net income per share guidance to GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share because we do not provide guidance on GAAP net income (loss) and would not be able to present the various reconciling cash and non-cash items between GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income, including share-based compensation expense, without unreasonable effort. Share-based compensation expense is impacted by the company's future hiring and retention needs and, to a lesser extent, the future fair market value of the company's common stock, all of which is difficult to predict and subject to constant change. The actual amounts of such reconciling items will have a significant impact on the company's GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share.
Conference Call Information
Palo Alto Networks will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its fiscal first quarter 2018 results and outlook for its fiscal second quarter and full fiscal year 2018 today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time/1:30 p.m. Pacific time. Open to the public, investors may access the call by dialing 1-888-737-3628 or 1-719-325-4793 and using conference ID 2061951. A live audio webcast of the conference call, along with supplemental financial information, will also be accessible from the "Investors" section of our website at investors.paloaltonetworks.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on our website for one year. A telephonic replay of the call will be available three hours after the call, will run for ten days, and may be accessed by dialing 1-888-203-1112 or 1-719-457-0820 and entering the passcode 2061951.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding our future financial and operating performance, including our financial outlook for the fiscal second quarter and full fiscal year 2018, our expectations regarding the benefits of new subscription offerings and the effectiveness of our offerings to perform as intended, our continued delivery of highly automated and orchestrated security capabilities that increase prevention rates and simplify consumption models, our opportunity to continue to take market share at scale, while increasing operating leverage, and our plans to use the upfront cash reimbursement received from our landlords against future rental payments. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: our limited operating history; our ability to identify and effectively implement the necessary changes to address execution challenges; risks associated with managing our rapid growth; organizational changes; the risks associated with new products and subscription and support offerings, including the discovery of software bugs; our ability to attract and retain new customers; delays in the development or release of new subscription offerings, or the failure to timely develop and achieve market acceptance of new products and subscriptions as well as existing products and subscription and support offerings; rapidly evolving technological developments in the market for network security products and subscription and support offerings; length of sales cycles; and general market, political, economic and business conditions.
Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect our financial results are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on September 7, 2017, which is available on our website at investors.paloaltonetworks.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Metrics
Palo Alto Networks has provided in this press release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The company uses these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics internally in analyzing its financial results and believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics is useful to investors as an additional tool to evaluate ongoing operating results and trends, and in comparing the company's financial results with other companies in its industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures or key metrics.
The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures, and should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the company's historical non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release, and investors are encouraged to review these reconciliations.
Non-GAAP net income and net income per share, diluted. Palo Alto Networks defines non-GAAP net income as net income (loss) plus share-based compensation related charges including share-based payroll tax expense, acquisition related costs, amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, litigation related charges including legal settlements, facility exit costs, non-cash interest expense related to the company's convertible senior notes, and intellectual property restructuring related charges. The company also excludes from non-GAAP net income the foreign currency gains (losses) and tax effects associated with these items in order to provide a complete picture of the company's recurring core business operating results. The company defines non-GAAP net income per share, diluted, as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding, which includes the potentially dilutive effect of the company's employee equity incentive plan awards and the company's convertible senior notes outstanding, after giving effect to the anti-dilutive impact of the company's note hedge agreements, which reduces the potential economic dilution that otherwise would occur upon conversion of the company's convertible senior notes. Under GAAP, the anti-dilutive impact of the note hedge is not reflected in diluted shares outstanding. The company believes that excluding these items from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share, diluted, provides management and investors with greater visibility into the underlying performance of the company's core business operating results, meaning its operating performance excluding these items and, from time to time, other discrete charges that are infrequent in nature, over multiple periods.
Billings. Palo Alto Networks defines billings as total revenue plus the change in total deferred revenue, net of acquired deferred revenue, during the period. The company considers billings to be a key metric used by management to manage the company's business given the company's hybrid-SaaS revenue model, and believes billings provides investors with an important indicator of the health and visibility of the company's business because it includes subscription and support revenue, which is recognized ratably over the contractual service period, and product revenue, which is recognized at the time of shipment, provided that all other revenue recognition criteria have been met. The company considers billings to be a useful metric for management and investors, particularly if sales of subscriptions continue to increase and the company experiences strong renewal rates for subscriptions and support.
Free cash flow. Palo Alto Networks defines free cash flow as cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property, equipment, and other assets. The company considers free cash flow to be a profitability and liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after necessary capital expenditures.
Investors are cautioned that there are a number of limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics as analytical tools. In particular, the billings metric reported by the company includes amounts that have not yet been recognized as revenue, and free cash flow does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for the period. In addition, many of the adjustments to the company's GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of items that are recurring and will be reflected in the company's financial results for the foreseeable future, such as share-based compensation, which is an important part of Palo Alto Networks employees' compensation and impacts their performance. Furthermore, these non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP, and the components that Palo Alto Networks excludes in its calculation of non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the components that its peer companies exclude when they report their non-GAAP results of operations. Palo Alto Networks compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures. In the future, the company may also exclude non-recurring expenses and other expenses that do not reflect the company's core business operating results.
About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks is the next-generation security company, leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling applications and preventing cyber breaches for tens of thousands of organizations worldwide. Built with an innovative approach and highly differentiated cyberthreat prevention capabilities, our game-changing security platform delivers security far superior to legacy or point products, safely enables daily business operations, and protects an organization's most valuable assets. Find out more at www.paloaltonetworks.com.
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