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Akamai Exceeds Expectations

October 30, 2018

Akamai reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. The content delivery network firm nailed record revenue of $670 million, up 7% year-over-year and up 8% when adjusted for foreign exchange.

Akamai noted that Cloud Security Solutions revenue grew 37%, now nearly at a $700 million annualized run rate. GAAP EPS came in at $0.64, up 73% year-over-year, and non-GAAP EPS was $0.94, up 47% year-over-year.

Investors were only expecting revenue of $664 and non-GAAP EPS of $0.83.

 

“We are very pleased with our excellent results in the third quarter, which includes 37% year-over-year growth in our security business and tremendous growth in our earnings,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, Chief Executive Officer. “We are also pleased to report our fourth consecutive quarter of non-GAAP operating margin improvement. We are well on our way to achieving our 30% margin goal in 2020, while continuing to invest in innovation and new products to drive future growth."

Revenue: Revenue was $670 million, a 7% increase over third quarter 2017 revenue of $624 million and an 8% increase when adjusted for foreign exchange.

Revenue by Division:

  • Web Division revenue was $357 million, up 8% year-over-year and up 9% when adjusted for foreign exchange
  • Media and Carrier Division revenue was $313 million, up 6% year-over-year and up 7% when adjusted for foreign exchange

Revenue from Cloud Security Solutions:

  • Cloud Security Solutions revenue was $169 million, up 37% year-over-year and up 39% when adjusted for foreign exchange

Revenue from Internet Platform Customers:

  • Revenue from Internet Platform Customers was $43 million, down 15% year-over-year and when adjusted for foreign exchange
  • Revenue excluding Internet Platform Customers was $627 million, up 9% year-over-year and up 10% when adjusted for foreign exchange

Revenue by Geography:

  • U.S. revenue was $413 million, consistent year-over-year
  • International revenue was $257 million, up 21% year-over-year and up 24% when adjusted for foreign exchange

Income from operations: GAAP income from operations was $117 million, a 28% increase from third quarter 2017. GAAP operating margin for the third quarter was 17%, up 2 percentage points from the same period last year.

Non-GAAP income from operations* was $181 million, a 23% increase from third quarter 2017. Non-GAAP operating margin* for the third quarter was 27%, up 3 percentage points from the same period last year.

Net income: GAAP net income was $108 million, a 68% increase from third quarter 2017. Non-GAAP net income* was $158 million, a 43% increase from third quarter 2017.

EPS: GAAP EPS was $0.64 per diluted share, a 73% increase from third quarter 2017 and a 75% increase when adjusted for foreign exchange.* Non-GAAP EPS was $0.94 per diluted share, a 47% increase from third quarter 2017 and a 48% increase when adjusted for foreign exchange.*

Adjusted EBITDA*: Adjusted EBITDA was $273 million, an 18% increase from third quarter 2017. Adjusted EBITDA margin* was 41%, an increase of 4 percentage points as compared to the third quarter of 2017.

Other third quarter 2018 results:

  • Cash from operations was $310 million, or 46% of revenue
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities was $2.1 billion as of September 30, 2018
  • The Company spent $440 million to repurchase 5.9 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $74.71 per share
  • The Company had approximately 164 million shares of common stock outstanding as of September 30, 2018

Share Repurchase Program: The Company also announces today that its Board of Directors has authorized a new $1.1 billion share repurchase program, effective from November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021, which is in addition to $124 million remaining on its prior authorization. The Company's goal for the new program is to continue to return to shareholders a significant percentage of Akamai's free cash flow while preserving its flexibility for other strategic opportunities.

The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by the Company's management based upon the evaluation of market conditions and other factors. Repurchases will be executed in the open market subject to Rule 10b-18, and may also be made under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit the Company to repurchase shares when the Company might otherwise be precluded from doing so under insider trading laws. Other structured repurchase programs may be considered from time to time. The Company may choose to suspend, expand or discontinue the repurchase program at any time.

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