GoDaddy's (NYSE:GDDY) Q4 Earnings Results: Revenue In Line With Expectations, Growth To Accelerate Next Year

Max Juang /
2024/02/13 4:11 pm EST

Domain registrar and web services company, GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) reported results in line with analysts' expectations in Q4 FY2023, with revenue up 5.8% year on year to $1.1 billion. On the other hand, the company expects next quarter's revenue to be around $1.10 billion, slightly below analysts' estimates. It made a GAAP profit of $7.85 per share, improving from its profit of $0.60 per share in the same quarter last year.

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GoDaddy (GDDY) Q4 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $1.1 billion vs analyst estimates of $1.10 billion (small miss)
  • EPS: $7.85 vs analyst estimates of $1.05 (651% beat due to release of valuation allowance on U.S. and state deferred tax assets, resulting in a non-routine non-cash benefit of approximately $1 billion recorded to income taxes)
  • Revenue Guidance for Q1 2024 is $1.10 billion at the midpoint, in line with analyst estimates of $1.10 billion
  • Management's revenue guidance for the upcoming financial year 2024 is $4.52 billion at the midpoint, missing analyst estimates by 0.7% and implying 6.3% growth (vs 4% in FY2023)
  • Free Cash Flow of $291.1 million, similar to the previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 63.4%, in line with the same quarter last year
  • Market Capitalization: $15.82 billion

"GoDaddy demonstrated strong operational execution and financial performance while also making significant progress in our mission of empowering entrepreneurs around the world," 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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Sales Growth

As you can see below, GoDaddy's revenue growth has been unimpressive over the last two years, growing from $1.02 billion in Q4 FY2021 to $1.1 billion this quarter.

GoDaddy Total Revenue

GoDaddy's quarterly revenue was only up 5.8% year on year, which might disappoint some shareholders. However, we can see that the company's revenue grew by $30.6 million quarter on quarter, re-accelerating from $21.6 million in Q3 2023.

Next quarter's guidance suggests that GoDaddy is expecting revenue to grow 5.7% year on year to $1.10 billion, improving on the 3.3% year-on-year increase it recorded in the same quarter last year. For the upcoming financial year, management expects revenue to be $4.52 billion at the midpoint, growing 6.3% year on year compared to the 4% increase in FY2023.

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Cash Is King

If you've followed StockStory for a while, you know that we emphasize free cash flow. Why, you ask? We believe that in the end, cash is king, and you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills. GoDaddy's free cash flow came in at $291.1 million in Q4, up 52.5% year on year.

GoDaddy Free Cash Flow

GoDaddy has generated $1.00 billion in free cash flow over the last 12 months, an impressive 23.5% of revenue. This high FCF margin stems from its asset-lite business model and strong competitive positioning, giving it the option to return capital to shareholders or reinvest in its business while maintaining a cash cushion.

Key Takeaways from GoDaddy's Q4 Results

It was great to see GoDaddy expecting revenue growth to accelerate next year. That stood out as a positive in these results. On the other hand, despite the acceleration the full-year revenue guidance missed Wall Street's estimates. Overall, this was a mixed quarter for GoDaddy. The stock is flat after reporting and currently trades at $113.1 per share.

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