The end of an earnings season can be a great time to assess how companies are handling the current business environment and discover new stocks. Let’s have a look at how Bandwidth (NASDAQ:BAND) and the rest of the software development stocks fared in Q1.
Software is eating the world, as Marc Andreessen says, and there is virtually no industry left that has been untouched by it. That in turn drives increasing demand for tools that help software developers do their jobs, whether it is monitoring critical cloud infrastructure, integrating audio and video functionality or ensuring smooth streaming of content.
The 13 software development stocks we track reported a decent Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 3.49%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 1.18% above consensus. The whole tech sector has been facing a sell-off since late last year, but software development stocks held their ground better than others, with the share price up 0.56% since earnings, on average.
Started in 1999 by David Morken who was later joined by Henry Kaestner as co-founder in 2001, Bandwidth (NASDAQ:BAND) provides thousands of customers with a software platform that uses its own global network to provide phone numbers, voice, and text connectivity.
Bandwidth reported revenues of $131.3 million, up 15.7% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 4.43%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with accelerating customer growth and a significant improvement in net revenue retention rate.
"I am very pleased with our first quarter accomplishments," said David Morken, Bandwidth's Chief Executive Officer.
The stock is down 22.2% since the results and currently trades at $20.24.
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Best Q1: GitLab (NASDAQ:GTLB)
Founded as an open-source project in 2011, GitLab (NASDAQ:GTLB) is a leading software development tools platform.
GitLab reported revenues of $87.4 million, up 61.7% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 11.8%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with an impressive beat of analyst estimates and an exceptional revenue growth.
GitLab delivered the strongest analyst estimates beat among its peers. The stock is up 46.4% since the results and currently trades at $58.37.
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Weakest Q1: F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV)
While the company initially started in the late 90s by selling hardware appliances, these days F5 (NASDAQ:FFIV) is making software that helps large enterprises ensure their web applications are always available, by distributing network traffic and protecting them from cyber attacks.
F5 Networks reported revenues of $634.2 million, down 1.72% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a slow revenue growth and an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
The stock is down 18% since the results and currently trades at $158.67.
Named after a database the founders had to painstakingly look after at their previous company, Datadog (NASDAQ:DDOG) is a software as a service platform that makes it easier to monitor cloud infrastructure and applications.
Datadog reported revenues of $363 million, up 82.8% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 7.93%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with an exceptional revenue growth.
Datadog achieved the fastest revenue growth and highest full year guidance raise among the peers. The company added 240 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually to a total of 2,250. The stock is down 9.73% since the results and currently trades at $107.50.
New Relic (NYSE:NEWR)
With the name being an anagram of its founder, Lew Cirne, New Relic (NYSE:NEWR) makes a monitoring software that collects, scores, and analyses performance data about a client's IT stack.
New Relic reported revenues of $205.7 million, up 19.1% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin but decelerating growth in large customers.
The company added 35 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually to a total of 1,099. The stock is up 18.7% since the results and currently trades at $56.76.
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