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SAN CARLOS, Calif., July 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018:

  • Total Revenue: $468 million, a 2 percent increase year over year
  • Deferred Revenues: $1,158 million, a 9 percent increase year over year
  • GAAP Operating Income: $224 million, representing 48 percent of revenues
  • Non-GAAP Operating Income: $247 million, representing 53 percent of revenues
  • GAAP EPS: $1.24, a 10 percent increase year over year
  • Non-GAAP EPS: $1.37, an 8 percent increase year over year

"We are pleased with our second quarter results and the progress in our initiatives we have achieved to date.  Revenues for the quarter were towards the top of our guidance while EPS over the top," said Gil Shwed, Founder and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies. "Every major enterprise today is faced with overwhelming threats from cyberattacks. We believe that Check Point Infinity is the only platform that is focused on full prevention of Gen V attacks across the entire threat landscape, including cloud and mobile," Shwed concluded.  

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter of 2018:

  • Total Revenue: $468 million compared to $459 million in the second quarter of 2017, a 2 percent increase year over year.
  • GAAP Operating Income: $224 million compared to $222 million in the second quarter of 2017, representing 48 percent of revenues in the second quarter of 2018 and 2017.
  • Non-GAAP Operating Income: $247 million compared to $248 million in the second quarter of 2017, representing 53 percent and 54 percent of revenues in the second quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.
  • GAAP Taxes on Income: $43 million compared to $45 million in the second quarter of 2017.
  • GAAP Net Income and Earnings per Diluted Share: GAAP net income was $198 million compared to $188 million in the second quarter of 2017. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.24 compared to $1.12 in the second quarter of 2017, a 10 percent increase year over year.
  • Non-GAAP Net Income and Earnings per Diluted Share: Non-GAAP net income was $218 million compared to $212 million in the second quarter of 2017.  Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.37 compared to $1.26 in the second quarter of 2017, an 8 percent increase year over year.
  • Deferred Revenues: As of June 30, 2018, deferred revenues were $1,158 million compared to $1,065 million as of June 30, 2017, a 9 percent increase year over year.
  • Cash Flow: Cash flow from operations of $213 million compared to $226 million in the second quarter of 2017. Year over year, currency-hedging transactions had a $25 million effect on our cash flow from operations with minimal impact on our financial income as intended. This quarter includes excess payments related to our currency hedging transactions in an amount of $14 million compared to $11 million of income in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Cash Balances, Marketable Securities and Short Term Deposits: $4,042 million as of June 30, 2018, compared to $3,806 million as of June 30, 2017.
  • Share Repurchase Program: During the second quarter of 2018 we purchased approximately 2.5 million shares at a total cost of approximately $250 million.
  • 100% Increase in the Share Repurchase Program: Today, we announced a 100 percent increase to the share repurchase program.  Under the updated plan, $2 billion is allocated for share repurchase, compared to $1 billion in the previous program, with purchases of up to $325 million a quarter, compared to $250 million in the previous program.

For information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, as well as a reconciliation of such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" and "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information."

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Check Point a "Leader in End Point Security Suites":  In the Forrester Research report, Check Point's SandBlast Agent Complete Endpoint Protection earned the highest possible scores across a majority of the evaluation criteria that included Malware Prevention, Data Security, Mobile Security, External Integrations, and Product Support criteria, as well as Corporate Vision and Focus.
  • Check Point's ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware Earns "Editor's Choice" from PC magazine Once Again: Check Point ZoneAlarm endpoint security blocks ransomware attacks and has received this quarter the top award from PC magazine.  The anti-ransomware functionality can work within the ZoneAlarm full suite or in conjunction with other antivirus solutions.
  • 97 Percent of Organizations Are Unprepared for Gen V Attacks: Check Point's newly published 2018 security report provides a clear overview of a threat landscape where 5th Generation cyberattacks are becoming more and more frequent. A key finding from the report is that over 300 mobile apps in trusted, reputable app stores are infected with malware, while cloud threats, crypto-mining attacks and IoT device vulnerabilities are on the rise.

Check Point's Research Team https://research.checkpoint.com exposes vulnerabilities and attacks to ensure our customers have the highest levels of prevention and protection.  In the second quarter, our publications included the following:

  • Necurs is Back, Just in Time for Easter: Necurs, considered to be the world's largest botnet, was previously used to distribute several malware families such as the Locky and Jaff ransomware. Check Point researchers picked up new activity from Necurs that showed the infamous botnet is back once again and is spreading QuantLoader malware through email attachments.
  • SiliVaccine: Inside North Korea's Anti-Virus: In an exclusive piece of research, Check Point Researchers carried out a revealing investigation into North Korea's home-grown anti-virus software, SiliVaccine. One of several interesting factors is that a key component of SiliVaccine's code is a direct copy of one of Trend Micro's software components.
  • Remote Code Execution Vulnerability on LG Smartphones: Check Point Research discovered two vulnerabilities that reside in the default keyboard on all mainstream LG smartphone models. Both vulnerabilities could have been used to remotely execute code with elevated privileges on LG mobile devices by manipulating the keyboard updating process, act as a keylogger and thereby compromise the users' privacy and authentication details.
  • Return of the Festi Rootkit: After the author of the Festi Rootkit was arrested in 2012, his once popular lay dormant – until Check Point researchers noticed it was again active and back in the wild, distributed mainly by the RIG exploit kit. The new variants of Festi are accompanied by a tricky new dropper that masquerades as an Adobe Flash Player update in order to elevate privileges.
  • Uncovering Drupalgeddon 2: Drupal, the open-source content management system (CMS) that is used by more than one million sites around the world (including governments, e-retail, enterprise organizations, financial institutions and more), published a highly critical vulnerability, nicknamed Drupalgeddon2, that allowed an unauthenticated attacker to perform remote code execution on default or common Drupal installations. Details of the vulnerability were not available to the public, however, until Check Point Research expanded upon this vulnerability and revealed exactly how it works.
  • A New Phishing Kit on the Dark Net: Check Point Research discovered the next generation in phishing kits, currently being advertised on the Dark Net. Unlike previous kits that are primarily composed of just one or two pages to collect personal or financial data, this new and advanced phishing kit offered much more in order to create a more convincing fake site.
  • NTLM Credentials Theft via PDF Files: Just a few days after it was reported that malicious actors can exploit vulnerabilities in MS outlook using OLE to steal a Windows user's NTLM hashes, the Check Point Research team revealed that NTLM hash leaks can also be achieved via PDF files with no user interaction or exploitation.
  • Telegram, Cyber Crime's Channel of Choice: Threat actors no longer need to use the Dark Net to communicate and promote their malicious plans and tools. Instead, they have shifted to new channels, such as the popular mobile messaging app, Telegram, to evade authorities. Check Point Research reveals how it works.
  • GlanceLove: Spying Under the Cover of the World Cup: Check Point researchers got hold of samples of the mobile malware, dubbed ‘GlanceLove' that had been used by the Hamas terrorist organization to target Israeli military personnel under the guise of a World Cup scheduling app. The malware recorded the infected victims' phonecalls, tracked their GPS location, stole photos, SMS messages and contact lists and took photos of the victim's surroundings.
  • Cryptomining Malware Targeting Unpatched Server Vulnerabilities: With the emerging threat of miners and the rise of cryptocurrencies that have taken the world by storm lately, Check Point Research discovered a large scale crypto-mining operation which had already infected over 6000 machines.
  • Banking Trojans Up 50 Percent Among Threat Actors:  Check Point's latest Global Threat Index for June 2018, revealed the global impact of banking Trojans has increased by 50% during the past four months, with two Trojan malware families entering the Index's top ten ‘most wanted' ranking.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
Check Point will host a conference call with the investment community on July 25, 2018, at 8:30 AM EDT/5:30 AM PDT. To listen to the live webcast or replay, please visit the website www.checkpoint.com/ir.

Third Quarter Investor Conference Participation Schedule:

  • Oppenheimer 21st Annual Technology Conference
    August 7, 2018 – Boston, MA
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets 20th Annual Global Technology Leadership Forum
    August 13, 2018 – Vail, CO
  • Citi 2018 Global Technology Conference
    September 5, 2018 – New York, NY
  • Deutsche Bank 2018 Technology Conference
    September 12-13, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV (Meetings Only)

Members of Check Point's management team are expected to present at these conferences and discuss the latest company strategies and initiatives. Check Point's conference presentations are expected to be available via webcast on the company's web site. To view these presentations and access the most updated information please visit the company's web site at www.checkpoint.com/ir. The schedule is subject to change.

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. Its solutions protect customers from cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware and other types of attacks. Check Point offers a multilevel security architecture that defends enterprises' cloud, network and mobile device held information, plus the most comprehensive and intuitive one point of control security management system. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes.

©2018 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements related to our expectations regarding our products and solutions, including the Check Point Infinity architecture, and our participation in investor conferences during the third quarter of 2018.  Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results or events in the future are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those projected.  These risks include our ability to continue to develop platform capabilities and solutions; customer acceptance and purchase of our existing solutions and new solutions; the market for IT security continuing to develop; competition from other products and services; and general market, political, economic and business conditions.  The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and  Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 27, 2018. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Check Point as of the date hereof, and Check Point disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Check Point uses non-GAAP measures of operating income, net income and earnings per diluted share and adjusted cash flow from operations, which are adjustments from results based on GAAP to exclude or include certain items. Check Point's management believes the non-GAAP financial information provided in this release is useful to investors' understanding and assessment of Check Point's ongoing core operations, liquidity and prospects for the future. Historically, Check Point has also publicly presented these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures in order to assist the investment community to see the Company "through the eyes of management," and thereby enhance understanding of its operating performance. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included with the financial statements contained in this press release. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating the business internally and as such has determined that it is important to provide this information to investors.

 
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Revenues:              
  Products and licenses $ 125,666   $ 138,288   $ 243,805   $ 264,614
  Security subscriptions   132,076     117,947     259,327     230,011
Total revenues from products and security subscriptions   257,742     256,235     503,132     494,625
                       
  Software updates and maintenance   210,028     202,338     416,964     399,398
Total revenues   467,770     458,573     920,096     894,023
               
Operating expenses:              
  Cost of products and licenses   21,595     26,207     40,973     50,093
  Cost of security subscriptions   4,085     5,349     7,726     9,429
Total cost of products and security subscriptions   25,680     31,556     48,699      59,522
   Cost of Software updates and
   maintenance
   

22,381
     

21,291
     

43,058
     

42,076
   Amortization of technology   546     546     1,092     1,092
Total cost of revenues   48,607     53,393     92,849     102,690
               
  Research and development   50,289     46,368     103,652     92,460
  Selling and marketing   124,493     114,681     244,251     220,868
  General and administrative   20,421     22,489     41,959     45,533
Total operating expenses   243,810     236,931     482,711     461,551
               
Operating income   223,960     221,642     437,385     432,472
Financial income, net   16,415     11,311     31,275     21,679
Income before taxes on income   240,375     232,953     468,660     454,151
Taxes on income   42,689     44,591     83,834     83,238
Net income $ 197,686   $ 188,362   $ 384,826   $ 370,913
 

Basic earnings per share


$
 

1.26
 

$
 

1.15
 

$
 

2.44
 

$
 

2.26
Number of shares used in computing basic earnings per share   156,982     163,328     157,571     164,197
                       
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.24   $ 1.12   $ 2.40   $ 2.21
Number of shares used in computing diluted earnings per share   159,669      167,685      160,674      168,090

 

 
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
SELECTED FINANCIAL METRICS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
                 
Revenues    $ 467,770   $ 458,573   $ 920,096   $ 894,023
Non-GAAP operating income     247,123     248,279     486,121     481,443
Non-GAAP net income     218,183     212,006     428,074     413,506
Diluted Non-GAAP Earnings per share   $ 1.37   $ 1.26   $ 2.67   $ 2.46
Number of shares used in computing diluted Non-GAAP earnings per share     159,669     167,685     160,674     168,090

 

 
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
      2018       2017       2018       2017  
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
                 
GAAP operating income   $ 223,960     $ 221,642     $ 437,385     $ 432,472  
Stock-based compensation (1)     20,827       23,378       43,141       42,453  
Amortization of intangible assets and acquisition related expenses (2)     2,336       3,259       5,595       6,518  
Non-GAAP operating income   $ 247,123     $ 248,279     $ 486,121     $ 481,443  
                 
GAAP net income   $ 197,686     $ 188,362     $ 384,826     $ 370,913  
Stock-based compensation (1)     20,827       23,378       43,141       42,453  
Amortization of intangible assets and acquisition related expenses (2)     2,336       3,259       5,595       6,518  
Taxes on the above items (3)     (2,666 )     (2,993 )       (5,488 )       (6,378 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 218,183     $ 212,006     $ 428,074     $ 413,506  
                 
Diluted GAAP Earnings per share   $ 1.24     $ 1.12     $ 2.40     $ 2.21  
Stock-based compensation (1)     0.13       0.14       0.27       0.24  
Amortization of intangible assets and acquisition related expenses (2)     0.02       0.02       0.04       0.04  
Taxes on the above items (3)     (0.02 )     (0.02 )       (0.04 )       (0.03 )
Diluted Non-GAAP Earnings per share   $ 1.37     $ 1.26     $ 2.67     $ 2.46  
                 
Number of shares used in computing diluted Non-GAAP earnings per share     159,669       167,685       160,674       168,090  
                 
(1) Stock-based compensation:                
  Cost of products and licenses   $ 39     $ 23     $ 76     $ 39  
  Cost of software updates and maintenance     851       675       1,537       1,232  
  Research and development     4,212       3,913       8,248       7,598  
  Selling and marketing     4,448       5,732       9,738       8,464  
  General and administrative     11,277       13,035       23,542       25,120  
      20,827       23,378       43,141       42,453  
                 
(2) Amortization of intangible assets and acquisition related expenses:                
  Amortization of technology-cost of revenues     546       546         1,092         1,092  
  Research and development     974       1,897       2,871       3,794  
  Selling and marketing     816       816       1,632       1,632  
      2,336       3,259       5,595       6,518  
 

(3) Taxes on the above items
    (2,666 )     (2,993 )       (5,488 )       (6,378 )
 

Total, net
  $ 20,497     $ 23,644     $ 43,248     $ 42,593  

 

 
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
 
(In thousands)
 
ASSETS
 
      June 30,    December 31,
      2018   2017
      (unaudited)   (audited)
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 236,270   $ 245,014
Marketable securities and short-term deposits       1,445,521     1,165,716
Trade receivables, net       325,560     472,223
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       50,012     81,478
Total current assets       2,057,363     1,964,431
           
Long-term assets:          
Marketable securities       2,359,914     2,437,315
Property and equipment, net       79,174     77,767
Deferred tax asset, net       113,477     119,431
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net       828,527     830,407
Other assets       54,632     33,575
Total long-term assets       3,435,724     3,498,495
           
Total assets     $ 5,493,087   $ 5,462,926

 

 
LIABILITIES AND
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:          
Deferred revenues     $ 855,979     $ 878,287  
Trade payables and other accrued liabilities       345,934       328,638  
Total current liabilities       1,201,913       1,206,925  
           
Long-term liabilities:          
Long-term deferred revenues       302,470       308,286  
Income tax accrual       352,197       337,453  
Accrued severance pay       9,643       10,139  
        664,310       655,878  
           
Total liabilities       1,866,223       1,862,803  
           
Shareholders' equity:          
Share capital       774       774  
Additional paid-in capital       1,399,433       1,305,130  
Treasury shares at cost       (6,344,203 )     (5,893,182 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (36,118 )     (15,634 )
Retained earnings       8,606,978       8,203,035  
Total shareholders' equity       3,626,864       3,600,123  
 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
   

$
 

5,493,087
   

$
 

5,462,926
 
Total cash and cash equivalents, marketable
securities and short-term deposits
    $ 4,041,705     $ 3,848,045  

 

 
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
 
(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
    2018       2017       2018       2017  
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Cash flow from operating activities:              
Net income $ 197,686     $ 188,362     $ 384,826     $ 370,913  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:              
Depreciation of property and equipment       4,144           3,017       8,032       5,998  
Amortization of intangible assets   940       940       1,880       1,880  
Stock-based compensation   20,827       23,378       43,141       42,453  
Realized loss on marketable securities   87       68       89       143  
Decrease (increase) in trade and other receivables, net   341       (49,248 )     181,736       141,934  
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenues, trade payables and other accrued liabilities   (12,013 )     44,147       7,194       (8,606 )
Deferred income taxes, net   1,096       15,632       5,043       26,994  
Net cash provided by operating activities   213,108       226,296       631,941       581,709  
               
Cash flow from investing activities:              
               
Investment in property and equipment   (4,767 )     (6,122 )     (9,439 )     (14,075 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (4,767 )     (6,122 )     (9,439 )     (14,075 )
               
Cash flow from financing activities:              
Proceeds from issuance of shares upon exercise of options   79,152       39,324       99,097       63,706  
Purchase of treasury shares   (249,549 )     (247,987 )     (498,957 )     (495,849 )
Payments related to shares withheld for taxes   (3,124 )     (3,855 )     (3,423 )     (4,064 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (173,521 )     (212,518 )     (403,283 )     (436,207 )
               
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities, net   (2,169 )     1,991       (25,559 )     5,955  
               
Increase in cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and short term deposits    

32,651
       

9,647
       

193,660
       

137,382
 
               
Cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and short term deposits at the beginning of the period    

4,009,054
       

3,796,759
       

3,848,045
       

3,669,024
 
               
Cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and short term deposits at the end of the period

$
 

4,041,705
   

$
 

3,806,406
   

$
 

4,041,705
   

 


$
 

3,806,406
 


       
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+1.650.628.2040     +1.650.628.2260
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