Cybersecurity software provider ForgeRock (NYSE: FORG) reported Q4 FY2021 results topping analyst expectations, with revenue up 19.3% year on year to $47.9 million. Guidance for the full year also exceeded estimates, however the guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $46.5 million, 0.98% below analyst estimates. ForgeRock made a GAAP loss of $12.3 million, down on its profit of $1.96 million, in the same quarter last year.
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ForgeRock (FORG) Q4 FY2021 Highlights:
- Revenue: $47.9 million vs analyst estimates of $47.1 million (1.69% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): -$0.10 vs analyst estimates of -$0.12
- Revenue guidance for Q1 2022 is $46.5 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $46.9 million
- Management's revenue guidance for upcoming financial year 2022 is $213.5 million at the midpoint, beating analyst estimates by 1.11% and predicting 19.6% growth (vs 39.9% in FY2021)
- Free cash flow was negative $6.08 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $2.15 million in previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 79.2%, down from 85.3% same quarter last year
“It was a momentous year for ForgeRock that was capped off with exceptional acceleration in ARR growth and we’re raising the bar for growth in 2022," said Fran Rosch, CEO of ForgeRock.
Founded in Norway by former Sun Microsystems engineers, ForgeRock (NYSE:FORG) offers software as a service that helps companies secure and manage the identity of their customers and employees.
As software penetrates corporate life, employees are using more apps every day, on more devices, in more locations. This drives the need for identity and access management software that help companies efficiently manage who has access to what, and ensure that access privileges are secure from cyber criminals.
As you can see below, ForgeRock's revenue growth has been very strong over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $40.1 million, to $47.9 million.
This quarter, ForgeRock's quarterly revenue was once again up 19.3% year on year. We can see that the company increased revenue by $3.67 million quarter on quarter. That's a solid improvement on the $273 thousand increase in Q3 2021, so shareholders should appreciate the acceleration of growth.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates ForgeRock is expecting revenue to grow 9.66% year on year to $46.5 million, slowing down from the 53.1% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. For the upcoming financial year management expects revenue to be $213.5 million at the midpoint, growing 19.6% compared to 39.9% increase in FY2021.
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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. ForgeRock'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 79.2% in Q4.
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. Despite it going down over the last year, this is still a good gross margin that allows companies like ForgeRock to fund large investments in product and sales during periods of rapid growth and be profitable when they reach maturity.
Key Takeaways from ForgeRock's Q4 Results
Since it has still been burning cash over the last twelve months it is worth keeping an eye on ForgeRock’s balance sheet, but we note that with a market capitalization of $1.21 billion and more than $369.7 million in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.
It was good to see ForgeRock revenue guidance for the full year exceed market's expectations even if just slightly. On the other hand, the guidance indicates a significant slowdown and the revenue guidance for the next quarter missed analysts' expectations. Overall, it seems to us that this was a complicated quarter for ForgeRock. The company is down 7.12% on the results and currently trades at $15.39 per share.
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