ForgeRock (NYSE:FORG) Q1 Sales Beat Estimates But Full Year Guidance Underwhelms

Jabin Bastian /
2022/05/11 4:22 pm EDT

Cybersecurity software provider ForgeRock (NYSE: FORG) beat analyst expectations in Q1 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 13.4% year on year to $48 million. However, guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $47 million at the midpoint, being 3.44% below analyst estimates. ForgeRock made a GAAP loss of $16.4 million, down on its loss of $10 million, in the same quarter last year.

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ForgeRock (FORG) Q1 FY2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $48 million vs analyst estimates of $46.5 million (3.35% beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): -$0.12 vs analyst estimates of -$0.17
  • Revenue guidance for Q2 2022 is $47 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $48.6 million
  • The company reconfirmed revenue guidance for the full year, at $213.5 million at the midpoint
  • Free cash flow was negative $4.95 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $6.08 million in previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 81.9%, down from 82.9% same quarter last year

“We had a fantastic start to 2022, once again achieving the higher bar we set for ourselves by delivering 35% ARR growth year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter,” 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.

Sales Growth

As you can see below, ForgeRock's revenue growth has been strong over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $42.4 million, to $48 million.

ForgeRock Total Revenue

This quarter, ForgeRock's quarterly revenue was once again up 13.4% year on year. But the growth did slow down compared to last quarter, as the revenue increased by just $189 thousand in Q1, compared to $3.67 million in Q4 2021. 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 ForgeRock is expecting revenue to grow 6.93% year on year to $47 million, slowing down from the 49.4% 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 22.6% over the next twelve months.

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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 81.9% in Q1.

ForgeRock Gross Margin (GAAP)

That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.81 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. Significantly up from the last quarter, this is a great 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 Q1 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 $1.35 billion and more than $364.3 million in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.

It was good to see ForgeRock outperform Wall St’s revenue expectations this quarter. That feature of these results really stood out as a positive. On the other hand, it was unfortunate to see that the revenue guidance for the next quarter missed analysts' expectations and the revenue growth was quite weak. Overall, this quarter's results were not the best we've seen from ForgeRock. The company is flat on the results and currently trades at $14.32 per share.

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