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Proofpoint's (PFPT) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates

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Proofpoint Inc. (PFPT - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2020 non-GAAP earnings of 51 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 30.8%. Moreover, the figure increased 24.4% year over year.

Revenues came in at $258.4 million in the second quarter, which beat the consensus mark of $253 and increased 20.5% year over year.

This upside can be attributed to strong demand for its next-generation cloud security and compliance platform, ongoing migration to the cloud, solid international growth, and high renewal rates.

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Top Line Details

Total billings during the quarter grew 8% year over year to $250 million.

Subscription revenues came in at $254.9 million, up 20.9% from the year-ago quarter. However, hardware and service revenues decreased 3% year over year to $3.5 million.

The company has stopped reporting results for its advanced threat and compliance-oriented products as it believes the data is not informative in terms of measuring business performance.

Proofpoint continues to expand globally. Its international business grew 28% year over year, accounting for 21% of total revenues in the June-end quarter.

Operating Details

Non-GAAP gross profit climbed 22.5% from the year-ago quarter to $207.5 million. Non-GAAP gross margin expanded 100 basis points (bps) to 74% on impressive revenue performance.

Proofpoint’s non-GAAP operating income rose 45.1% to $41.2 million.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

As of Jun 30, 2020, the company’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $973.3 million compared with $946 million as of Mar 31, 2020.

The company generated operating cash flow of $30.6 million compared with the $92.2 million reported in the previous quarter. Free cash flow was $18.8 million compared with the prior quarter’s $79.8 million.


Proofpoint updated its 2020 revenue guidance. The company now expects revenues of $1.035-$1.037 billion, up from the previous projection of $1.005-$1.030 billion.

Non-GAAP gross margin projection increased to 80% from 79%.

Non-GAAP earnings per share are anticipated in the band of $1.64-$1.70, higher than its previous guidance of $1.41-$1.46.

Free cash flow is estimated in the range of $130-$140 million, up from the prior forecast of $85-$135 million.

Capital expenditures are now expected to be approximately $75 million, down from the $94 million projected earlier.

For the third quarter, Proofpoint anticipates revenues of $260-$262 million.

Non-GAAP gross margin is estimated to be 80%. Non-GAAP earnings per share are anticipated in the band of 37-40 cents.

Free cash flow is estimated in the range of $16 million to $21 million.

Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $25 million for the ongoing quarter, including $16 million for building Proofpoint’s new headquarters.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Currently, Proofpoint carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Dropbox (DBX - Free Report) , Zoom Video Communications (ZM - Free Report) and Analog Devices (ADI - Free Report) . While both Dropbox and Zoom sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Analog Devices carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The long-term earnings growth rate for Dropbox, Zoom and Analog Devices is currently pegged at 32.5%, 25%, and 13.3%, respectively.

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