Cybersecurity software maker Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q3 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 25.6% year on year to $175.7 million. Guidance for the next quarter also missed analyst expectations with revenues guided to $180 million at the midpoint, or 3.84% below analyst estimates. Rapid7 made a GAAP loss of $28.7 million, improving on its loss of $37.7 million, in the same quarter last year.
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Rapid7 (RPD) Q3 FY2022 Highlights:
- Revenue: $175.7 million vs analyst estimates of $176.2 million (small miss)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.17 vs analyst estimates of $0.05 ($0.12 beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q4 2022 is $180 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $187.2 million
- Free cash flow of $9.65 million, up from negative free cash flow of $1.25 million in previous quarter
- Customers: 10,791, up from 10,624 in previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 69.3%, in line with same quarter last year
“Customers’ increasing focus on better value and higher efficacy of their security solutions in today’s shifting landscape supported 24% year-over-year growth in our third quarter ARR to $684 million,” said Corey Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Rapid7.
Founded in 2000 with the idea that network security comes before endpoint security, Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) provides software as a service that helps companies understand where they are exposed to cyber security risks, quickly detect breaches and respond to them.
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.
As you can see below, Rapid7's revenue growth has been strong over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $105 million in Q3 FY2020, to $175.7 million.
Even though Rapid7 fell short of revenue estimates, its quarterly revenue growth was still up a very solid 25.6% year on year. But the growth did slow down a little compared to last quarter, as Rapid7 increased revenue by $8.31 million in Q3, compared to $10 million revenue add in Q2 2022. We'd like to see revenue increase by a greater amount each quarter, but a one-off fluctuation is usually not concerning.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates Rapid7 is expecting revenue to grow 18.7% year on year to $180 million, slowing down from the 34% 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 21.8% over the next twelve months.
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You can see below that Rapid7 reported 10,791 customers at the end of the quarter, an increase of 167 on last quarter. That is a little slower customer growth than what we are used to seeing lately, suggesting that the customer acquisition momentum is slowing a little bit. Rapid7 updated its customer count methodology in Q1 2021, which is the reason for the related drop in the number of customers.
Key Takeaways from Rapid7's Q3 Results
With a market capitalization of $2.45 billion Rapid7 is among smaller companies, but its more than $251.5 million in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months put it in a very strong position to invest in growth.
It was good to see Rapid7 improve their gross margin this quarter. And we were also glad to see good revenue growth. On the other hand, it was unfortunate to see that Rapid7's revenue guidance missed analysts' expectations. Overall, it seems to us that this was a complicated quarter for Rapid7. The company is down 5.34% on the results and currently trades at $37 per share.
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