Cloudflare (NYSE:NET) Reports Q4 In Line With Expectations, Stock Jumps 13.7%

Radek Strnad /
2023/02/09 4:18 pm EST

Internet security and content delivery network Cloudflare (NYSE:NET) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q4 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 41.9% year on year to $274.7 million. The company expects that next quarter's revenue would be around $290.5 million, which is the midpoint of the guidance range. That was in roughly line with analyst expectations. Cloudflare made a GAAP loss of $45.9 million, improving on its loss of $77.5 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Cloudflare (NET) Q4 FY2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $274.7 million vs analyst estimates of $274.1 million (small beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $0.06 vs analyst estimates of $0.05 (31.6% beat)
  • Revenue guidance for Q1 2023 is $290.5 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
  • Management's revenue guidance for upcoming financial year 2023 is $1.34 billion at the midpoint, beating analyst estimates by 1.82% and predicting 37% growth (vs 49.2% in FY2022)
  • Free cash flow of $33.7 million, up from negative free cash flow of $4.61 million in previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 75.3%, down from 78% same quarter last year

"In the fourth quarter, we delivered record operating profit, operating margin, and free cash flow. We also surpassed more than 2,000 large customers paying us over $100,000 per year and signed a record number of deals greater than $500,000," said Matthew Prince, co-founder & CEO of Cloudflare.

Founded by two grad students of Harvard Business School, Cloudflare (NYSE:NET) is a software as a service platform that helps improve security, reliability and loading times of internet applications and websites.

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Sales Growth

As you can see below, Cloudflare's revenue growth has been exceptional over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $125.9 million in Q4 FY2020, to $274.7 million.

Cloudflare Total Revenue

And unsurprisingly, this was another great quarter for Cloudflare with revenue up 41.9% year on year. On top of that, revenue increased $20.8 million quarter on quarter, a solid improvement on the $19.3 million increase in Q3 2022, and even a sign of slight acceleration of growth.

Guidance for the next quarter indicates Cloudflare is expecting revenue to grow 36.9% year on year to $290.5 million, slowing down from the 53.7% 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 $1.34 billion at the midpoint, growing 37% compared to 48.6% increase in FY2022.

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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. Cloudflare'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 75.3% in Q4.

Cloudflare Gross Margin (GAAP)

That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.75 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 Cloudflare to fund large investments in product and sales during periods of rapid growth and be profitable when they reach maturity.

Key Takeaways from Cloudflare's Q4 Results

Since it has still been burning cash over the last twelve months it is worth keeping an eye on Cloudflare’s balance sheet, but we note that with a market capitalization of $19.1 billion and more than $1.65 billion in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.

We enjoyed seeing Cloudflare’s impressive revenue growth this quarter. And we were also glad that the revenue guidance for the full year exceeded expectations. On the other hand, the revenue guidance for next year indicates a bit of a slowdown. Zooming out, we think this was still a good quarter. The company is up 17.2% on the results and currently trades at $68.23 per share.

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