Domain registrar and web services company, GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q1 FY2023 quarter, with revenue up 3.32% year on year to $1.04 billion. GoDaddy made a GAAP profit of $47.3 million, down on its profit of $68.6 million, in the same quarter last year.
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GoDaddy (GDDY) Q1 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $1.04 billion vs analyst estimates of $1.04 billion (small miss)
- EPS: $0.30 vs analyst expectations of $0.49 (38.9% miss)
- Revenue guidance for Q2 2023 is $1.06 billion at the midpoint, in line with analyst estimates of $1.06 billion
- Free cash flow of $247.5 million, up 29.6% from previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 62.7%, in line with same quarter last year
"At GoDaddy, we are eager to help small businesses thrive. The momentum we are driving in the business, particularly in Commerce, shows that we are delivering the products our customers want," said GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani.
Founded by Bob Parsons after selling his first company to Intuit, GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) provides small and mid-sized businesses with the ability to buy a web domain and tools to create and manage a website.
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As you can see below, GoDaddy's revenue growth has been unremarkable over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $901.1 million in Q1 FY2021, to $1.04 billion.
GoDaddy's quarterly revenue was only up 3.32% year on year, which might disappoint some shareholders. But the revenue actually decreased by $3.9 million in Q1, compared to $6.7 million increase in Q4 2022. However, the sales also similarly dropped a year ago and management is guiding for revenue to rebound in the coming quarter, which might hint at an emerging seasonal pattern.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates GoDaddy is expecting revenue to grow 3.89% year on year to $1.06 billion, slowing down from the 9.04% 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 5.6% over the next twelve months.
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That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.63 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. This would be considered a low gross margin for a SaaS company and it has dropped significantly from the previous quarter, which is probably the opposite of what shareholders would like it to do.
Key Takeaways from GoDaddy's Q1 Results
With a market capitalization of $11 billion, more than $892.4 million in cash and with free cash flow over the last twelve months being positive, the company is in a very strong position to invest in growth.
GoDaddy produced strong free cash flow this quarter, that was good to see. On the other hand, it narrowly missed analysts' revenue expectations. Overall, it seems to us that this was a mostly in-line quarter for GoDaddy. The company is flat on the results and currently trades at $72.29 per share.
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