FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE) reported a wider loss in the third quarter of 2019 due to higher operating expenses despite a 7% jump in revenues. However, the results exceeded analysts’ expectations. Further, the cybersecurity provider raised its full-year 2019 revenue outlook.
Net loss was $65.5 million or $0.31 per share, wider than a loss of $50.04 million or $0.26 per share in the previous year quarter. Adjusted earnings dropped by 67% to $0.02 per share.
Total revenues grew by 7% to $226 million. This was above the guidance range of $217 million to $221 million. The acceleration of growth in its platform, cloud subscription, and managed services category drove billings higher by 13% to $249 million.
Looking ahead into the fourth quarter, the company expects revenue to be in the range of $224 million to $228 million and adjusted earnings of $0.03 to $0.05 per share. Billings are anticipated to be within the $285 million to $295 million range.
For the full year 2019, the company lifted its revenue outlook to the range of $878 million to $882 million from the prior range of $865 million to $875 million. Adjusted earnings guidance is narrowed to the range of $0.01 to $0.03 per share from the previous range of $0.00 to $0.04 per share. Billings forecast is tightened to the range of $937 million to $947 million from the prior range of $935 million to $955 million.
As the competition has been mounting in the cybersecurity space, FireEye is likely to leverage new partnerships and acquisitions for expanding its cloud portfolio and on-demand expertise. The company has been looking forward to business transformation as this could change its model towards a more subscription-oriented one.
The company has been keen on maintaining its cash position in par with its debt. The company has a total debt of $1.08 billion while its cash stood at $987 million. The company has enough liquidity to meet its debt obligations.
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