Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) Exceeds Q1 Expectations, Stock Soars

Petr Huřťák /
2023/04/26 4:07 pm EDT

Streaming TV platform Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) reported Q1 FY2023 results topping analyst expectations, with revenue flat year on year at $741 million. The company expects that next quarter's revenue would be around $770 million, which is the midpoint of the guidance range. That was roughly in line with analyst expectations. Roku made a GAAP loss of $193.6 million, down on its loss of $26.3 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Roku (ROKU) Q1 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $741 million vs analyst estimates of $707.6 million (4.72% beat)
  • EPS: -$1.38 vs analyst estimates of -$1.48 (6.73% beat)
  • Revenue guidance for Q2 2023 is $770 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
  • Free cash flow was negative $207.7 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $58 million in previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 45.6%, down from 49.7% same quarter last year
  • Active Accounts: 71.6 million, up 10.3 million year on year

Spun out from Netflix, Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) makes hardware players that offer access to various online streaming TV services.

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Sales Growth

Roku's revenue growth over the last three years has been very strong, averaging 39.7% annually. This quarter, Roku beat analyst estimates but reported a rather lacklustre 0.99% year on year revenue growth.

Roku Total Revenue

Guidance for the next quarter indicates Roku is expecting revenue to grow 0.73% year on year to $770 million, slowing down from the 18.5% 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 6.93% over the next twelve months.

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Usage Growth

As a subscription app, Roku generates revenue growth by growing both the subscriber numbers, and the total lifetime value of the average subscriber.

Over the last two years the number of Roku's monthly active users, a key usage metric for the company, grew 18.3% annually to 71.6 million users. This is a solid growth for a consumer internet company.

Roku Active Accounts

In Q1 the company added 10.3 million monthly active users, translating to a 16.8% growth year on year.

Key Takeaways from Roku's Q1 Results

Since it has still been burning cash over the last twelve months it is worth keeping an eye on Roku’s balance sheet, but we note that with a market capitalization of $8.09 billion and more than $1.63 billion in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.

It was good to see Roku outperform Wall St’s revenue, operating profit, and EPS expectations this quarter. And we were also glad to see the user growth. On the other hand, it was less good to see that the revenue growth was quite weak. Zooming out, we think this was still a decent, albeit mixed, quarter, showing the company is staying on target. The company is up 6.18% on the results and currently trades at $60.04 per share.

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