Cloud Stocks: Analysis Of Zscaler’s Recent Two Acquisitions

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According to a recent research report, the global cyber security services market is expected to grow at 10% CAGR to reach $192.7 billion by 2028. Enterprise cloud security company Zscaler (ZS) recently announced its plans to acquire two small cloud startups TrustDome and Smokescreen Technologies. Zscaler's recent quarterly results surpassed market expectations.

Zscaler’s Financials

Revenues for the third quarter grew 60% to $176.4 million, ahead of the market’s forecast by 7%. Net loss was $58.5 million, compared with a net loss of $19.3 million a year ago. Non GAAP EPS was $0.15 compared with the Street’s forecast of an EPS of $0.07. Among key metrics, calculated billings for the quarter grew 71% to $225 million. Deferred revenues grew 65% to $495.4 million.

For the fourth quarter, Zscaler expects revenue of $185-$187 million with an EPS of $0.08-$0.09. The market was looking for revenues of $174.02 million with an EPS of $0.09. Zscaler expects to end the current fiscal year with revenues of $660-$664 million and an EPS of $0.47. The Street had forecast revenues of $638.05 million with an EPS of $0.40.

Zscaler’s Recent Acquisitions

Recently, Zscaler announced its acquisition of India-based Smokescreen Technologies. Founded in 2015 by Raviraj Doshi and Sahir Hidayatullah, Smokescreen is a cyber-deception platform that provides threat prediction, breach response, and other related services. The acquisition will integrate Smokescreen’s capabilities into Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, building on Zscaler’s ability to detect sophisticated, highly targeted attacks, ransomware, and lateral movement attempts.

The acquisition will also enable threat intelligence and telemetry for the Zscaler team, allowing them to proactively hunt for emerging adversary tactics and techniques. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Prior to the acquisition, Smokescreen was privately held. Its funding details are not known. It is estimated to have generated $7.3 million in revenues last year.

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