REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire -07/18/12)- Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that its board of directors has authorized an expansion to the on-going stock repurchase program. Under the expanded plan, Check Point is authorized to repurchase up to one billion dollars of its outstanding shares during the next two years.
As of June 30, 2012, Check Point has approximately 204.8 million shares of common stock outstanding. Check Point started its share buyback program in 2003. Since then, Check Point has purchased approximately 87.5 million shares for a total of approximately $2.2 billion.
"We believe that our market leadership and long term growth prospects make this an effective time to further utilize our cash to increase shareholder value," concluded Tal Payne, Chief Financial Officer of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Share purchases will take place in open market transactions or in privately negotiated transactions and may be made from time to time depending on market conditions, share price, trading volume and other factors. Such purchases will be made in accordance with applicable U.S. securities laws and regulations. For all or a portion of the authorized repurchase amount, Check Point may enter into a plan that is compliant with Rule 10b5-1 of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that is designed to facilitate these purchases. The repurchase program is for a period of two years, does not require Check Point to acquire a specific number of shares, and may be suspended from time to time or discontinued. The share repurchases will be funded from available working capital.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to develop new innovations based on the Software Blade Architecture, providing customers with flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization. Check Point is the only vendor to go beyond technology and define security as a business process. Check Point 3D Security uniquely combines policy, people and enforcement for greater protection of information assets and helps organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. Customers include tens of thousands of organizations of all sizes, including all Fortune and Global 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.
Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to our expectations regarding our share repurchase program, including the time and amounts of any repurchases. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include the possibility that we will not execute on our share repurchase program in the manner expected, including with respect to timing and amounts of repurchases. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Check Point's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report filed on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011, and our reports on Form 6-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Check Point as of the date hereof, and Check Point disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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