Zscaler ( ZS Quick Quote ZS - Free Report) is slated to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2022 results on Sep 8.
For the fourth quarter, Zscaler projects total revenues between $304 million and $306 million, suggesting year-over-year growth of 54 to 55%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $305.6 million, suggesting growth of 55.1% from the year-ago quarter.
Zscaler anticipates non-GAAP earnings of 20 to 21 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same stands at 20 cents per share, indicating a year-over-year decline of 42.9%.
The company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 36.2%.
Let’s see how things have shaped up for the upcoming announcement.
Factors to Note Ahead of Q4 Results
Zscaler’s fourth-quarter results are likely to reflect the continued solid demand for its security and networking products, given the healthy environment of the global security market. The solid adoption of its in-cloud security platform, Zscaler’s Zero Trust Exchange, due to the ongoing digital transformation across enterprises is likely to have acted as a key catalyst.
With hybrid work being the new normal, an increasing number of people have been logging into employers' networks through off-premises locations, which has triggered the need for greater security. This trend is anticipated to have spurred demand for Zscaler’s products in the quarter under review.
Zscaler’s existing core products, especially the ZIA (“Zscaler Internet Access”) and the ZPA (“Zscaler Private Access”), have been driving strong customer retention. The addition of new capabilities to its Zero Trust Exchange, such as Cloud Access Security Broker, Cloud Browser Isolation, Cloud Protection, Zscaler Digital Experience and Cloud Security Posture Management for Software-as-a-service applications, is likely to have driven its product portfolio expansion and aided customer acquisition.
The increased adoption of Software-Defined Wide Area Network (“SD-WAN”) solutions might have acted as a key growth driver in the quarter to be reported. Per the latest Market Reports World report, the market size for
SD-WAN solutions is likely to reach $5.22 billion by 2028 from $995.2 million in 2021, witnessing a CAGR of 26.2% during the forecast period of 2022 to 2028.
As there are only a few vendors that offer security and SD-WAN solutions, ZS has been capitalizing on the increasing opportunities in the market. The company’s collaboration with both VMware and Silver Peak has been helping it secure SD-WAN deployments. This is likely to have positively impacted Zscaler’s fiscal fourth-quarter performance.
However, increased investments to enhance sales and marketing (S&M) capabilities and higher research and development (R&D) expenses may have weighed on the company’s to-be-reported quarter’s bottom line.
The company witnessed a year-over-year increase of 71.1% in non-GAAP S&M and 74.1% in non-GAAP R&D expenses in the third quarter. Non-GAAP operating expenses climbed 70.5% year over year in the last reported quarter.
What Our Model Says
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Zscaler this season. The combination of a positive
Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. However, that’s not the case here.
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