Check Point Software Technologies Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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Check Point Software Technologies (NAS: CHKP) reported earnings on Jan. 17. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Check Point Software Technologies met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew, and earnings per share increased significantly.

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Check Point Software Technologies reported revenue of $357 million. The 24 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $356 million. Sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $319 million


Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.84. The 27 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.81 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.75 for Q4 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.65 per share.


Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 87.9%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 54.0%, 310 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 44.8%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $314 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.71.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.4 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.14.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 314 members out of 337 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 95 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 90 give Check Point Software Technologies a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Check Point Software Technologies is outperform, with an average price target of $64.71.

At the time this article was published Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Check Point Software Technologies. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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