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Rapid7 shares surge as results, outlook top Street view

Wallace Witkowski

Rapid7 Inc. shares surged in the extended session Thursday after the cybersecurity company reported quarterly results and an outlook that topped Wall Street targets and forecast a surprise profit for the year ahead. Rapid7 shares rallied 8% after hours, following a 1.2% decline to close the regular session at $39.95. The company reported a fourth-quarter loss of $13 million, or 27 cents a share, under new accounting rules. Under the old rules, the company had a $17.2 million loss, or 36 cents a share, compared with a loss of $13 million, or 30 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The adjusted loss for the most recent quarter was 5 cents a share. Rapid7 reported revenue of $68.8 million. Under the old accounting rules, revenue would have been $70.6 million, up from $57.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast earnings of 9 cents a share on revenue of $66.6 million. Rapid7 expects an adjusted loss of 10 cents to 8 cents a share on revenue of $68.9 million to $70.5 million for the first quarter, and adjusted earnings of 5 cents a share on revenue of $304 million to $312 million. Analysts had forecast a loss of 6 cents a share on revenue of $65.3 million for the first quarter, and a loss of 1 cent a share on revenue of $290.7 million for the year.