Domain registrar and web services company, GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) reported strong growth in the Q3 FY2021 earnings announcement, with revenue up 14.1% year on year to $964 million. The company expects that next quarter's revenue would be around $970 million, which is the midpoint of the guidance range. That was in roughly line with analyst expectations. GoDaddy made a GAAP profit of $97.7 million, improving on its profit of $65.1 million, in the same quarter last year.
GoDaddy (GDDY) Q3 FY2021 Highlights:
- Revenue: $964 million vs analyst estimates of $945.7 million (1.92% beat)
- EPS (GAAP): $0.58
- Revenue guidance for Q4 2021 is $970 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
- Free cash flow of $251.5 million, roughly flat from previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 64.1%, down from 65.6% same quarter last year
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.
Successfully setting up an online store is difficult for most small business owners. GoDaddy offers most of the e-commerce functionalities to simplify the entire process of starting and maintaining an online business.
By making it easy for even non-technical users to set up a fully functioning website within a short period, GoDaddy helps its customers to focus their time on their primary business function.
For example, you don’t need computers to make food, however, restaurants rely on computers and websites to sell and deliver food to customers. For a small restaurant business, GoDaddy starts by providing a fitting domain name. It then provides all the tools to host, build, and manage a website. It also integrates with third-party applications to provide payment, marketing, and other e-commerce features.
GoDaddy was founded when the sale and management of domain names were popular and lucrative. As more companies moved into the domain name business, GoDaddy expanded into the e-commerce space by offering more robust website services to stay competitive.
As more businesses come online and the volume of digital transactions accelerate, the demand for no-code and low-code web making tools is expected to remain strong.
GoDaddy faces competition from Automattic, Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), Squarespace (NYSE: SQSP), and Wix (NASDAQ: WIX).
As you can see below, GoDaddy's revenue growth has been solid over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $844.4 million, to $964 million.
This quarter, GoDaddy's quarterly revenue was once again up 14.1% year on year. We can see that revenue increased by $32.7 million in Q3, up on $30.2 million in Q2 2021. While we've no doubt some investors are looking for higher growth, it's good to see that quarterly revenue growth is re-accelerating.
Analysts covering the company are expecting the revenues to grow 9.9% over the next twelve months, although estimates are likely to change post earnings.
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. GoDaddy's gross profit margin, an important metric measuring how much money there is left after paying for servers, licences, technical support and other necessary running expenses was at 64.1% in Q3.
That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.64 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 we would like to see it start improving.
Key Takeaways from GoDaddy's Q3 Results
Sporting a market capitalization of $11.3 billion, more than $1.14 billion in cash and with positive free cash flow over the last twelve months, we're confident that GoDaddy has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.
GoDaddy topped analysts’ revenue expectations this quarter, even if just narrowly. That feature of these results really stood out as a positive. On the other hand, revenue growth is overall a bit slower these days. Overall, it seems to us that this was a decent quarter for GoDaddy. The company is up 2.58% on the results and currently trades at $69 per share.
Is Now The Time?
When considering GoDaddy, investors should take into account its valuation and business qualities, as well as what happened in the latest quarter. We cheer for everyone who is making the lives of others easier through technology, but in case of GoDaddy we will be cheering from the sidelines. Its revenue growth has been weak. And while its bountiful generation of free cash flow empowers it to invest in growth initiatives, unfortunately gross margins show its business model is much less lucrative than the best software businesses.
GoDaddy's price to sales ratio based on the next twelve months is 2.8, suggesting that the market does have lower expectations of the business, relative to the high growth tech stocks. While we have no doubt one can find things to like about the company, we think there might be better opportunities in the market and at the moment don't see many reasons to get involved.
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