Cloud content storage and management platform Box (NYSE:BOX) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q2 FY2023 quarter, with revenue up 14.6% year on year to $246 million. Guidance for the full year also exceeded estimates, however the guidance for the next quarter came in at $251 million, in line with analyst estimates. Box made a GAAP profit of $1.04 million, improving on its loss of $8.7 million, in the same quarter last year.
Box (BOX) Q2 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $246 million vs analyst estimates of $245.7 million (small beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.28 vs analyst estimates of $0.28 (1.65% beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q3 2023 is $251 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
- The company reconfirmed revenue guidance for the full year, at $994 million at the midpoint
- Free cash flow of $17.9 million, down 80.2% from previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 73.6%, up from 71.6% same quarter last year
Founded in 2005 by Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, Box (NYSE:BOX) provides organizations with software to securely store, share and collaborate around work documents in the cloud.
The world is shifting away from physical storage and content sharing methods that made it difficult for employees to securely collaborate and share data at work. Box has helped accelerate this shift through its cloud-based content management and collaboration software platform.
For example, when preparing a presentation, employees can use software provided by Box to collaboratively make edits, updates and comments via a user-friendly cloud-based interface. The presentation can be accessed from mobile and desktop devices from any location. Box has also invested in securing the transfer and sharing of sensitive documents which enables it to address highly sensitive verticals such as finance and healthcare.
Box started with offering cloud storage as a simple way for employees to share content more securely, but has since expanded into new functions such as e-signatures, monitoring anomalous behaviour and workflow management.
The catch phrase "digital transformation" originally referred to the digitization of documents within enterprises. The growth of digital documents has spurred an explosion of collaboration within and between businesses, which in turn is driving the demand for e-signature and content management platforms.
As you might have guessed, Box has plenty of competitors, such as DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU), Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX), Google Drive (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft OneDrive (NASDAQ:MSFT).
As you can see below, Box's revenue growth has been mediocre over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $214.4 million, to $246 million.
This quarter, Box's quarterly revenue was once again up 14.6% year on year. We can see that the company increased revenue by $7.58 million quarter on quarter. That's a solid improvement on the $5.07 million increase in Q1 2023, so shareholders should appreciate the acceleration of growth.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates Box is expecting revenue to grow 12% year on year to $251 million, slowing down from the 14.3% 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 11.6% over the next twelve months.
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. Box'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 73.6% in Q2.
That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.73 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. This is around the average of what we typically see in SaaS businesses, but it is good to see that the gross margin is staying stable which indicates that Box is doing a good job controlling costs and is not under pressure from competition to lower prices.
Cash Is King
If you follow StockStory for a while, you know that we put an emphasis on cash flow. Why, you ask? We believe that in the end cash is king, as you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills. Box's free cash flow came in at $17.9 million in Q2, down 39.7% year on year.
Box has generated $173.3 million in free cash flow over the last twelve months, an impressive 18.4% of revenues. This extremely high FCF margin is a result of Box asset lite business model and strong competitive positioning, and provides it the option to return capital to shareholders while still having plenty of cash to invest in the business.
Key Takeaways from Box's Q2 Results
With a market capitalization of $4.23 billion Box is among smaller companies, but its more than $393.5 million in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months give us confidence that Box has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.
Overall, it seems to us that this was an ok quarter for Box. The company is down 3.41% on the results and currently trades at $28.25 per share.
Is Now The Time?
When considering Box, investors should take into account its valuation and business qualities, as well as what happened in the latest quarter. We cheer for everyone who is making the lives of others easier through technology, but in case of Box we will be cheering from the sidelines. Its revenue growth has been mediocre.
Box's price to sales ratio based on the next twelve months is 4.0x, suggesting that the market does have lower expectations of the business, relative to the high growth tech stocks. While we have no doubt one can find things to like about the company, and the price is not completely unreasonable, we think that at the moment there might be better opportunities in the market.
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