CrowdStrike Holdings (CRWD) on Tuesday reported January-quarter profit and revenue that beat consensus estimates. Also, the cybersecurity firm’s revenue guidance for CRWD stock came in well above Wall Street targets.
CrowdStrike earnings for the fourth quarter rose 57% to 47 cents a share on an adjusted basis.
Including acquisitions, revenue jumped 48% to $637.4 million.
CrowdStrike stock analysts polled by FactSet had projected CrowdStrike earnings of 43 cents a share on revenue of $625 million for the period ended Jan. 31.
A year earlier, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm earned 30 cents a share on revenue of $431 million.
For the current quarter ending in April, CrowdStrike forecast revenue of $676.5 million, topping estimates of $663.3 million.
CrowdStrike stock rose 6.1% to 132.50 in extended trading on the stock market today.
CRWD Stock: Key Financial Metric
Wall Street also focuses on annual recurring revenue, or ARR. It’s a financial metric tied to subscription services customer growth.
In the fourth quarter, ARR increased 48% to $2.56 billion. Analysts had predicted ARR of $2.515 billion.
Heading into the CrowdStrike earnings report, CRWD stock had climbed 21% thus far in 2023. But CRWD stock owned an IBD Relative Strength Rating of only 22 out of a best-possible 99, according to IBD Stock Checkup.
The cybersecurity company uses machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, in its products. Meanwhile, it uses a specialized database to detect malware on laptops, mobile phones and other devices that access corporate networks.
In addition, CrowdStrike stock is one of many cybersecurity stocks to watch.
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