Palo Alto Networks Inc

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PANW : NYSE : Technology
$139.25 -0.21 | -0.15%
Today's Range: 139.2917 - 140.0
Avg. Daily Volume: 1841300.0
07/26/17 - 9:58 AM ET

Financial Analysis

PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have grown, and although the growth in revenues has outpaced the average competitor within the industry, the net income growth has not. PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.65 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 23.38% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)431.8345.8
EBITDA ($mil)-31.6-41.3
EBIT ($mil)-46.7-52.5
Net Income ($mil)-60.9-64.1

Balance Sheet Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)1372.01087.5
Total Assets ($mil)3250.12507.0
Total Debt ($mil)518.4502.8
Equity ($mil)813.1659.0

Profitability Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Gross Profit Margin74.8575.8
EBITDA Margin-7.31-11.94
Operating Margin-10.82-15.18
Sales Turnover0.510.5
Return on Assets-6.45-8.26
Return on Equity-25.8-31.45
Debt Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Current Ratio1.81.17
Interest Expense6.25.8
Interest Coverage-7.53-9.05

Share Data Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)91.889.6
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share8.867.35
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1841978.02132208.0


HOLD. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 15.75 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.07 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 3.46. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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PANW NM Peers 24.53   PANW 15.73 Peers 15.04

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

PANW's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Average. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

PANW is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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PANW 42.93 Peers 21.77   PANW NA Peers 1.09

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

PANW is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

Ratio not available.

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  Earnings Growth
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PANW 15.75 Peers 3.46   PANW 3.74 Peers 10.25

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

PANW is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, PANW is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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PANW 7.75 Peers 3.07   PANW 31.05 Peers 11.02

Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

PANW is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

PANW has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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