Cybersecurity provider Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW) will be announcing earnings results tomorrow afternoon. Here's what to look for.
Last quarter Palo Alto Networks reported revenues of $1.66 billion, up 25.7% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. Despite the stock rising on the results, it was a weak quarter for the company, with underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and full year.
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This quarter analysts are expecting Palo Alto Networks's revenue to grow 23.8% year on year to $1.72 billion, slowing down from the 29.1% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Adjusted earnings are expected to come in at $0.93 per share.
Majority of analysts covering the company have reconfirmed their estimates over the last thirty days, suggesting they are expecting the business to stay the course heading into the earnings. The company has a history of exceeding Wall St's expectations, beating revenue estimates every single time over the past two years on average by 1.92%.
Looking at Palo Alto Networks's peers in the cybersecurity segment, only Tenable has so far reported results, delivering top-line growth of 18.5% year on year, and beating analyst estimates by 0.91%. The stock was down 13.5% on the results. Read our full analysis of Tenable's earnings results here.
There has been positive sentiment among investors in the cybersecurity segment, with the stocks up on average 3.39% over the last month. Palo Alto Networks is down 1.67% during the same time, and is heading into the earnings with analyst price target of $224.5, compared to share price of $188.75.
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