Sunday, April 20, 2014

Seeking Alpha: As Palo Alto Networks Disrupts The Market, More Gains Can Come

Next-gen security company Palo Alto Networks (PANW) certainly does not look all that cheap on backward-looking metrics like price/sales, but the company's share gain prospects and well above-average growth could lead to more price appreciation from here. Palo Alto already generates pretty solid free cash flow margins with less than 15% market share, and as the company looks to turn up the pressure on Cisco (CSCO) and Check Point (CHKP), margin leverage could move higher.

Certainly, there a lot of words like "could" and "potential" when it comes to Palo Alto. The company has built itself into a low-teens market share holder in the network security space, but Cisco, Check Point, Fortinet (FTNT) and the rest are not going to roll over. Likewise, there are ongoing concerns about the company's litigation with Juniper (JNPR), the direction of future network security threats and solutions, and the fundamental long-term profitability of the business. Expectations for Palo Alto are demanding, and the risk is above-average, but this still shapes up as a hybrid hardware/software company worth a closer look.

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As Palo Alto Networks Disrupts The Market, More Gains Can Come

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