Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

 

“Our large installed base of network security customers offers us a foundation from which to sell our Fortinet Security Fabric, which is the broadest and most integrated security architecture in
the industry,” said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect that the expanding cloud security market, and the future of securing critical infrastructure and IoT technologies, will enable Fortinet to continue to grow at multiples of the market over the coming years.”

 

Third Quarter 2017 Highlights

Financial Details

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $374.2 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 18% compared to $316.6 million in the same quarter of 2016.

  • Product revenue was $137.1 million, an increase of 7% compared to $128.0 million in the same quarter of 2016. Service revenue was $237.1 million, an increase of 26% compared to $188.7 million in the same quarter of 2016.

  • Billings1: Total billings were $431.7 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 24% compared to $347.5 million in the same quarter of 2016.

  • Deferred Revenue: Total deferred revenue was $1.22 billion as of September 30, 2017, compared to $934.8 million as of September 30, 2016, and $1.16 billion as of June 30, 2017. Short-term deferred revenue was $734.3 million as of September 30, 2017, compared to $582.1 million as of September 30, 2016. Long-term deferred revenue was $484.6 million as of September 30, 2017, compared to $352.6 million as of September 30, 2016.

  • Cash, Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow1: As of September 30, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and investments were $1.52 billion, compared to $1.46 billion as of June 30, 2017. In the third quarter of 2017, cash flow from operations was $162.3 million compared to $76.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. Free cash flow was $140.6 million during the third quarter of 2017 compared to $70.2 million in the same quarter of 2016, an increase of 100%.

  • Share Repurchase: During the third quarter of 2017, Fortinet repurchased 2.4 million shares of its common stock for a total purchase price of $90.8 million. In addition, in October 2017, Fortinets Board of Directors approved an increase of $400.0 million in the current share repurchase authorization, bringing the total authorization to $1.0 billion.

  • GAAP Operating Income and Margin: GAAP operating income was $33.7 million for the third quarter of 2017, representing a GAAP operating margin of 9%. GAAP operating income was $5.5 million for the same quarter of 2016, representing a GAAP operating margin of 2%.

  • Non-GAAP Operating Income1 and Margin1: Non-GAAP operating income was $70.0 million for the third quarter of 2017, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 19%. Non-GAAP operating income was $45.9 million for the same quarter of 2016, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 15%.

  • GAAP Net Income and Diluted Net Income Per Share: GAAP net income was $26.6 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared to GAAP net income of $6.3 million for the same quarter of 2016. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.15 for the third quarter of 2017, compared to GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.04 for the same quarter of 2016.

  • Non-GAAP Net Income1 and Diluted Net Income Per Share1: Non-GAAP net income was $50.5 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared to non-GAAP net income of $32.2 million for the same quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.28 for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $0.18 for the same quarter of 2016.

 

Guidance

 

Fortinet offered the following guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017:

 

Fortinet also offered the following update to its guidance for the full year 2017

 

 

Guidance for non-GAAP financial measures excludes stock-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets. We have not reconciled non-GAAP metrics to GAAP metrics because certain items that impact these measures are uncertain, out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort.

 

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

 

Conference Call Details
Fortinet will host a conference call today, October 26, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results. To access this call, dial (877) 303-6913 (domestic) or (224) 357-2188 (international) with conference ID #90458376. A live webcast of the conference call and supplemental slides will be accessible from the Investor Relations page of Fortinet’s website at https://investor.fortinet.com and a replay will be archived and accessible at https://investor.fortinet.com/events.cfm. A replay of this conference call can also be accessed through November 2, 2017, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) with conference ID# 90458376.


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