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Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) Reports Q3 In Line With Expectations


Adam Hejl /
2022/11/08 4:07 pm EST
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Web content delivery and security company Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q3 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 2.5% year on year to $881.8 million. Akamai made a GAAP profit of $108.1 million, down on its profit of $178.9 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Akamai (AKAM) Q3 FY2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $881.8 million vs analyst estimates of $875.9 million (small beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $1.26 vs analyst estimates of $1.22 (2.96% beat)
  • Free cash flow of $312.9 million, up 17.1% from previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 60.7%, down from 63.1% same quarter last year

"Akamai delivered another quarter of solid results despite global macroeconomic challenges, including foreign exchange headwinds," said Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai's chief executive officer.

Founded in 1999 by two engineers from MIT, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) provides software for organizations to efficiently deliver web content to their customers.

The amount of content on the internet is exploding, whether it is music, movies and or e-commerce stores. Consumer demand for this content creates network congestion, much like a digital traffic jam which drives demand for specialized content delivery networks (CDN) services that alleviate potential network bottlenecks.

Sales Growth

As you can see below, Akamai's revenue growth has been unimpressive over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $792.8 million in Q3 FY2020, to $881.8 million.

Akamai Total Revenue

Akamai's quarterly revenue was only up 2.5% year on year, which might disappoint some shareholders. But the revenue actually decreased again in Q3 by $21.4 million, compared to $315 thousand decrease in Q2 2022. While one-off fluctuations don't always have to be concerning, we have no doubt that shareholders would like to see the revenue rebound soon.

Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 3.74% over the next twelve months.

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Profitability

What makes the software as a service business so attractive is that once the software is developed, it typically shouldn't cost much to provide it as an ongoing service to customers. Akamai's gross profit margin, an important metric measuring how much money there is left after paying for servers, licenses, technical support and other necessary running expenses was at 60.7% in Q3.

Akamai Gross Margin (GAAP)

That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.60 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. This would be considered a low gross margin for a SaaS company and it has dropped significantly from the previous quarter, which is probably the opposite of what shareholders would like it to do.

Key Takeaways from Akamai's Q3 Results

With a market capitalization of $13.3 billion, more than $864.1 million in cash and with free cash flow over the last twelve months being positive, the company is in a very strong position to invest in growth.

It was good to see Akamai product strong free cash flow, on the other hand, revenue has declined again. Overall, it seems to us that this was a complicated quarter for Akamai. The company is flat on the results and currently trades at $84.03 per share.

Akamai may have had a tough quarter, but does that actually create an opportunity to invest right now? It is important that you take into account its valuation and business qualities, as well as what happened in the latest quarter. We look at that in our actionable report which you can read here, it's free.

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The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.