DigitalOcean's (NYSE:DOCN) Posts Q1 Sales In Line With Estimates But Stock Drops

Adam Hejl /
2022/05/04 4:17 pm EDT

Cloud computing provider DigitalOcean (NYSE: DOCN) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q1 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 35.9% year on year to $127.3 million. Guidance for the full year also exceeded estimates, however the guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $134 million, 1.17% below analyst estimates. DigitalOcean made a GAAP loss of $18.1 million, down on its loss of $3.33 million, in the same quarter last year.

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DigitalOcean (DOCN) Q1 FY2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $127.3 million vs analyst estimates of $126.2 million (0.87% beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $0.07 vs analyst expectations of $0.12 (40% miss)
  • Revenue guidance for Q2 2022 is $134 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $135.5 million
  • The company reconfirmed revenue guidance for the full year, at $566 million at the midpoint
  • Free cash flow of $5.03 million, up from $52 thousand in previous quarter
  • Net Revenue Retention Rate: 117%, in line with previous quarter
  • Customers: 623,000, up from 609,000 in previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 63.2%, up from 57.7% same quarter last year

"Despite an uncertain macro environment, we had a good start to the year with strong growth and free cash flow," said Yancey Spruill, CEO of DigitalOcean.

Started by brothers Ben and Moisey Uretsky, DigitalOcean (NYSE: DOCN) provides a simple, low-cost platform that allows developers and small and medium sized businesses to host applications and data in the cloud.

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Sales Growth

As you can see below, DigitalOcean's revenue growth has been very strong over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $93.6 million, to $127.3 million.

DigitalOcean Total Revenue

And unsurprisingly, this was another great quarter for DigitalOcean with revenue up 35.9% year on year. Quarter on quarter the revenue increased by $7.66 million in Q1, which was in line with Q4 2021. This steady quarter-on-quarter growth shows the company is able to maintain a strong growth trajectory.

Guidance for the next quarter indicates DigitalOcean is expecting revenue to grow 29% year on year to $134 million, slowing down from the 34.9% 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 30.8% over the next twelve months.

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Product Success

One of the best things about software as a service businesses (and a reason why they trade at such high multiples) is that customers tend to spend more with the company over time.

DigitalOcean Net Revenue Retention Rate

DigitalOcean's net revenue retention rate, an important measure of how much customers from a year ago were spending at the end of the quarter, was at 117% in Q1. That means even if they didn't win any new customers, DigitalOcean would have grown its revenue 17% year on year. Trending up over the last year, this is a good retention rate and a proof that DigitalOcean's customers are satisfied with their software and are getting more value from it over time. That is good to see.

Key Takeaways from DigitalOcean's Q1 Results

With a market capitalization of $4.36 billion DigitalOcean is among smaller companies, but its more than $1.55 billion in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months put it in a very strong position to invest in growth.

We enjoyed seeing DigitalOcean’s impressive revenue growth this quarter. And we were also glad to see the acceleration in customer growth. On the other hand, revenue guidance for the next quarter missed analysts' expectations. Zooming out, we think this was still a decent, albeit mixed, quarter, showing the company is staying on target. But the market was likely expecting more and the company is down 5.51% on the results and currently trades at $41.1 per share.

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