Cloud Stocks: SolarWinds Attack Driving Zscaler’s Stellar Performance

Last year’s SolarWinds cyber-attack has been described as the largest and most sophisticated attack ever witnessed by the world. The supply chain attack infiltrated over 18,000 SolarWinds customers including several US government agencies. The attack has resulted in an increased focus on deploying security capabilities, and enterprise cloud security provider Zscaler (Nasdaq: ZS) is benefiting from this trend.

Zscaler’s Financials

Revenues for the second quarter grew 55% to $157 million, ahead of the market’s forecast of $147.38 million. Net loss was $67.5 million, compared with a net loss of $29.2 million a year ago. Adjusted EPS was $0.10 compared with the Street’s forecast of an EPS of $0.08.

Among key metrics, calculated billings grew 71% to $232 million. Deferred revenues grew 60% to $446.8 million.

For the third quarter, Zscaler expects revenue of $162-$164 million, with an EPS of $0.07. The market was looking for revenues of $153.12 million with an EPS of $0.08. Zscaler expects to end the current year with revenues of $634-$638 million and an EPS of $0.39-$0.40. The Street had forecast revenues of $611.95 million with an EPS of $0.38.

Zscaler’s Product Upgrades

During the quarter, Zscaler made several product upgrades to deliver improved security capabilities. It announced the launch of Zscaler Cloud Platform (ZCP), a cloud-based solution that removes operational complexities from cloud workload security. ZCP extends its Zero Trust Exchange from users to workloads and provides an expanding portfolio of products including: CSPM to ensure proper configuration and compliance; Workload Communication to secure app-to-app and cloud-to-cloud secure communication; and Workload Segmentation to achieve app segmentation without legacy network segmentation. It reduces attack services and automates world-wide enforced security policies throughout the organization’s multi-cloud footprint, therefore delivering the same high performance and reliability to protect business applications and internet access.

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