Qualys's (NASDAQ:QLYS) Q1 Earnings Results: Revenue In Line With Expectations

Adam Hejl /
2023/05/04 4:13 pm EDT

Cloud security and compliance software provider Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q1 FY2023 quarter, with revenue up 15.2% year on year to $130.7 million. The company expects that next quarter's revenue would be around $135.7 million, which is the midpoint of the guidance range. That was roughly in line with analyst expectations. Qualys made a GAAP profit of $29.1 million, improving on its profit of $25.4 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Qualys (QLYS) Q1 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $130.7 million vs analyst estimates of $130.6 million (small beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $1.09 vs analyst estimates of $0.96 (13.8% beat)
  • Revenue guidance for Q2 2023 is $135.7 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
  • The company reconfirmed revenue guidance for the full year, at $555 million at the midpoint
  • Free cash flow of $62.8 million, up 53.6% from previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 79.4%, in line with same quarter last year

"We are pleased to report another quarter of healthy revenue growth, strong profitability, and cash flow generation," said Sumedh Thakar, president and CEO.

Founded in 1999 as one of the first subscription security companies, Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) provides organizations with software to assess their exposure to cyber-attacks.

The demand for cybersecurity is growing as more and more businesses are moving their data and processes into the cloud, which along with a major increase in employees working remotely, has increased their exposure to attacks and malware. Additionally, the growing array of corporate IT systems, applications and internet connected devices has increased the complexity of network security, all of which has substantially increased the demand for software meant to protect data breaches.

Sales Growth

As you can see below, Qualys's revenue growth has been mediocre over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $96.8 million in Q1 FY2021, to $130.7 million.

Qualys Total Revenue

This quarter, Qualys's quarterly revenue was once again up 15.2% year on year. But the revenue actually decreased by $166 thousand in Q1, compared to $5.29 million increase in Q4 2022. We'd like to see revenue increase each quarter, but a one-off fluctuation is usually not concerning and the management is guiding for growth to rebound in the next quarter.

Guidance for the next quarter indicates Qualys is expecting revenue to grow 13.2% year on year to $135.7 million, slowing down from the 20.3% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 12.8% over the next twelve months.

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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. Qualys'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 79.4% in Q1.

Qualys Gross Margin (GAAP)

That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.79 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. This is a good gross margin that allows companies like Qualys to fund large investments in product and sales during periods of rapid growth and be profitable when they reach maturity. It is good to see that the gross margin is staying stable which indicates that Qualys is doing a good job controlling costs and is not under pressure from competition to lower prices.

Key Takeaways from Qualys's Q1 Results

With a market capitalization of $3.98 billion Qualys is among smaller companies, but its more than $333.8 million in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months give us confidence that Qualys has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.

 Zooming out, we think this was a decent quarter, showing the company is staying on target. But investors might have been expecting more and the company is down 2.31% on the results and currently trades at $105.75 per share.

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