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Fortinet Surges as Growth Tops Estimates: San Francisco Mover

January 31, 2013

Fortinet Inc. (FTNT:US), a maker of computer- network security systems, rose the most since November 2009 after reporting fourth-quarter sales that topped analysts’ estimates, buoyed by large corporate contracts.

Fortinet shares climbed (FTNT:US) 22 percent to $23.59 at the close in New York. The stock has climbed 4.9 percent in 12 months, compared with a 14 percent increase for the Russell 1000 Index.

The Sunnyvale, California-based company yesterday said quarterly sales jumped 25 percent to $151.2 million, while analysts on average had projected $144.3 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Software deals of more than $500,000 fueled the revenue gains, said Brian Freed, an analyst at Wunderlich Securities Inc.

“Fortinet grew their large deals 80 percent year over year,” said Freed, who rates the shares a hold, in an interview. “I’m definitely more positive than I was yesterday.”

Fourth-quarter profit, excluding some costs, was 17 cents a share, the company said in a statement, compared with an average analyst estimate of 15 cents. Sales in the first quarter will be $138 million to $141 million, Fortinet said on a conference call.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karl Baker in New York at kbaker30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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