Palo Alto Networks PANW will conduct its first-ever stock split after reporting strong fiscal fourth-quarter earnings results last month.
The cybersecurity firm said it would initiate a 3-for-1 split, meaning investors will receive an additional two shares for each one they already own.
Palo Alto had its initial public offering in July 2012 at $42 per share. The shares closed at $547.25 on Sept. 8 on a pre-split adjusted basis.
Palo Alto Stock Split Date
The Palo Alto stock split is set to take place after the market closes on Sept. 13.
Palo Alto's Stock Split and What It Means
The split won't affect Morningstar's fair value estimate of $590 per share, says equity analyst Malik Ahmed Khan. That estimate will be adjusted to about $197 to account for the increase in the number of outstanding shares, according to Khan. The company's Morningstar Economic Moat Rating of wide, which means it has a competitive advantage over its rivals, will also be unaffected by the split.
“Palo Alto's leading platform approach for network security, cloud security, and security automation is spurring organizations to consolidate spending toward its products, which increases switching costs, in our view,” Khan says. "We anticipate the company will reap the positive effects of having customers locked into its ecosystem as it approaches GAAP profitability on a more consistent basis.”
Palo Alto's stock will keep its Morningstar Rating of 3 stars following the split, meaning the shares will still be viewed as fairly valued by Khan.
“As organizations upgrade their networks for hybrid working and to use more cloud-based resources, we believe Palo Alto having holistic security coverage that protects against the wider threat environment is keeping resilient demand,” Khan says.
Other Stock Splits
Palo Alto is one of several companies to split their shares this year. Tesla TSLA had a 3-for-1 stock split in August. Amazon.com AMZN had a 20-for-1 split in June, and Alphabet GOOG GOOGL initiated its own 20-for-1 split in July.