CrowdStrike shares surge on earnings beat, strong full-year guidance

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George Kurtz, co-founder and CEO of CrowdStrike, during a Bloomberg Technology television interview at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on April 26, 2023.
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CrowdStrike shares surged as much as 21% in after-hours trading Tuesday after the cybersecurity company reported a beat on the top and bottom lines, plus issued stronger-than-expected guidance for the upcoming quarter and full year.

Here’s how the company did compared to consensus estimates based on a survey of analysts by LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 95 cents adjusted vs. 82 cents expected
  • Revenue: $845 million vs. $839 million expected

For the period that ended Jan. 31, CrowdStrike saw net income of $54 million, or 22 cents per share, from a $48 million loss, or a 20 cent loss per share, in the year-ago period.

CrowdStrike has now reported GAAP net income for the past four quarters, Chief Financial Officer Burt Podbere said in the earnings release. Full-year revenue rose 36% year over year, from $2.24 billion to $3 billion.

The company also announced it would acquire Flow Security for an undisclosed price in a cash-and-stock deal, slated to close in the company’s fiscal first quarter. The company has been stepping up its merger and acquisition activity in recent months.

“CrowdStrike is cybersecurity’s consolidator of choice, innovator of choice, and platform of choice to stop breaches,” co-founder and CEO George Kurtz said in a release.

The company also guided to fiscal first-quarter revenue between $902 million and $906 million, better than a consensus estimate of $899 million. CrowdStrike also expects earnings per share for the period between 89 cents and 90 cents, better than the consensus estimate of 82 cents.

Podbere also reiterated the company’s focus on achieving $10 billion in annual recurring revenue by 2030. The company reached $3.4 billion in annual recurring revenue in January.

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