Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Reports 49% Sales Increase, Juniper Settlement

Source: Palo Alto Networks.

Network security specialist Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW  ) reported results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 last evening. Shares jumped in after-hours trading on the news.

Palo Alto saw sales increase 49% year-over-year to land at $151 million. Adjusted earnings grew 57%, stopping at $0.11 per share.

Analysts would have settled for earnings of $0.10 per share on $146 million in sales.

The company reported strong demand for enterprise security solutions. "We achieved the highest rate of new customer acquisition in our history," said Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin in a prepared statement.

As part of the earnings release, the company also disclosed the settlement of all litigation between Palo Alto and networking peer Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR  ) . Under the patent infringement settlement, Palo Alto will send Juniper a one-time payment of $75 million in cash and $70 million in Palo Alto stock, and a warrant to purchase another $30 million of Palo Alto shares. The deal includes a cross-licensing agreement between the parties, and neither company can sue the other over patent claims for the next eight years.

"[The settlement] allows us to further focus our resources and time on our customers and growing our business," McLaughlin said.

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  • Report this Comment On May 29, 2014, at 9:39 AM, markofzorro wrote:

    PANW's management is already reporting third-quarter earnings? They are nimble.

  • Report this Comment On May 29, 2014, at 3:46 PM, TMFZahrim wrote:

    Sure @markofzorro, but it's not that unusual. Their fiscal year is simply kind of backwards, ending on July 31.

    Anders

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