Palo Alto Networks shines in Q3 amid remote work spurs security demand

For the fourth quarter, Palo Alto Networks projected non-GAAP earnings of $1.37 a share to $1.40 a share on revenue $915 million to $925 million. Analysts were looking for non-GAAP earnings of $1.31 a share on revenue of $916.8 million.

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Palo Alto Networks reported strong fiscal third quarter results as its security platform got a boost due to remote work.

The company reported a third quarter net loss of $74.8 million, or 77 cents a share, on revenue of $869.4 million, up 20% from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the quarter were $1.17 a share.

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Wall Street was looking for non-GAAP earnings of 94 cents a share on revenue of $831.1 million.

CEO Nikesh Arora said:

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As for the outlook, Palo Alto Networks also upped its guidance. For the fourth quarter, Palo Alto Networks projected non-GAAP earnings of $1.37 a share to $1.40 a share on revenue $915 million to $925 million. Analysts were looking for non-GAAP earnings of $1.31 a share on revenue of $916.8 million.

For fiscal 2020, Palo Alto Networks is projecting revenue between $3.37 billion and $3.38 billion with non-GAAP earnings between $4.78 a share to $4.81 a share.

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