NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Palo Alto Networks (PANW) - Get Report closed up 0.7% to $143.05 on Thursday after Oppenheimer increased its price target to $150 from $130, while maintaining an "outperforming" rating.
"We remain positive on Palo Alto's shares due to continued strength across all core products and geographies, and Palo Alto's high-end appliance gaining further momentum," analysts said.
The security company reported non-GAAP fiscal year earnings of 40 cents per share, up from 21 cents per share in 2013. It also posted revenue of $598.2 million in 2014, versus $396.1 million a year ago.
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Palo Alto reported earnings of 15 cents per share in its first quarter of 2015, up from 8 cents per share in its year ago quarter. Analysts estimate the security network will report annual earnings of 73 cents per share in 2015 and $1.33 per share in 2016.
Oppenheimer also forecasts total revenue of $844.6 million in 2015 and $1.11 billion in 2016.
Palo Alto Networks offers a network security platform that allows enterprises, service providers, and government entities to secure their networks.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC (PANW) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- PANW's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 50.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, PANW's share price has jumped by 91.80%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
- PANW's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that PANW's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.46 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 282.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.86 million to -$30.07 million.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: PANW Ratings Report