CALGARY, AB – July 19, 2012 –  Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: 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 Paul Comessotti, Canadian Regional Director, 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.

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