Palo Alto Networks (PANW) profits report Q4 2023

Arora Nikesh, Palo Alto Networks CEO & Chairman at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland on May 23rd, 2022.

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Palo Alto Networks shares leapt as much as 9% in prolonged trading on Friday after the security software application supplier reported profits that surpassed experts’ price quotes.

The stock had actually dropped 16% in August leading up the report as financiers stressed that the business’s choice to reveal outcomes late on a Friday recommended the release might consist of problematic numbers.

Here’s how the business provided for the quarter ended July 31:

  • Earnings:  $1.44 per share, changed, vs. $1.28 per share, changed, as anticipated by Refinitiv.
  • Revenue:  $1.95 billion, vs. $1.96 billion as anticipated by Refinitiv.

Revenue in its financial 4th quarter increased 26% from $1.6 billion a year previously, Palo Alto stated. Net earnings reached $227.7 million, or 74 cents a share, from $3.3 million, or a cent a share, a year earlier.

For the very first quarter, Palo Alto anticipates earnings of $1.82 billion to $1.85 billion, and sales for the year are anticipated to be $8.15 billion to $8.2 billion. That’s listed below expert expectations of $1.93 billion for the financial very first quarter and $8.38 billion for the complete year, according to Refinitiv.

Palo Alto revealed its profits date on Aug. 2. West coast tech business usually report profits no later on in the week than Thursday afternoon, offering financiers a chance to process the numbers and trade the stock based upon those outcomes prior to completion of the week. Historically, business with problem typically bury the numbers after the close of trading on Friday.

Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto Networks, attended to the timing of the release on the business’s profits call, and stated it’s “made for some very interesting reading” in expert reports over the previous 2 weeks.

“We apologize to people who are inconvenienced,” Arora stated, including that the business was captured in between a couple of occasions. Palo Alto had a board conference today and has a conference beginning on Sunday, and wished to get the numbers out prior to all those individuals congregate.

“Sorry to drag you out on a Friday, but I think it’s important for a few thousand people next week that we shared all these results with them,” Arora stated.

SEE: Jim Cramer interviews Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora


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