Thu, Aug. 13, 12:11 PM
- A federal appeals court (the CAFC) has reinstated a $45M infringement verdict against Limelight (NASDAQ:LLNW) in a suit filed by larger rival Akamai (AKAM +0.1%) over the alleged infringement of a patent related to media content delivery.
- The ruling vacates a May decision from the CAFC declaring Limelight didn't directly infringe Akamai's patent. The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 Limelight couldn't be held responsible for inducing infringement by users. However, the CAFC states today Limelight's control over its users makes it responsible for any infringement that occurs.
- Many tech companies have backed Limelight, arguing an Akamai win could open the door to numerous frivolous suits from patent trolls alleging induced infringement. Limelight has tumbled below $3.
- Update (12:39PM ET): Limelight is now down 18.6%.
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Tue, Jul. 28, 5:06 PM
- While its Q2 revenue was in-line and EPS missed by just a penny, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) has guided on its earnings call for Q3 revenue of $543M-$555M and EPS of $0.56-$0.58, below a consensus of $565.1M and $0.62.
- Forex had a 4% impact on Q2 sales growth. U.S. revenue +16% Y/Y to $399M; international +7% to $142M (+22% exc. forex). Media Delivery revenue +12% to $244M; performance/security solutions (higher-margin) +15% to $256M; service/support +14% to $41M. $63M was spent on buybacks.
- Shares have tumbled to $66.00 in AH trading.
- Q2 results, PR
Tue, Jun. 9, 12:11 PM
- Following a lack of Apple streaming TV service announcements at the company's WWDC conference, Macquarie's Kevin Smithen has downgraded Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) to Neutral.
- Smithen: "We believe that investor expectations regarding the second half, 2015 revenue benefit to AKAM from an Apple streaming ramp have been rising in recent weeks and we are now expecting that this will be more of a 2016 opportunity for AKAM and the CDN industry, with an emphasis on second half, 2016 ... We do believe that AKAM will carry most of Apple's streaming traffic and that it will see media revenue reacceleration and margin expansion in 2016..."
- He also expects a weak Q2 for the CDN market in general due to "an absence of notable gaming and software launches, tough World Cup soccer comparison, and currency exchange rates." Akamai rival Limelight (LLNW -1%) is off moderately.
- Ahead of WWDC, Re/code reported Apple is holding off on officially announcing its TV service until it can finalize content deals. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported yesterday Apple is building a fiber network to connect its data centers, and thereby strengthen its internal CDN. Apple has been known for a while to be building a proprietary CDN to handle some of its content delivery; Akamai nonetheless continues to handle a large portion of it.
Wed, Apr. 29, 3:39 PM
- Down sharply in AH trading yesterday after providing soft Q2 guidance to go with in-line Q1 results, Akamai (AKAM -1%) has erased most of its losses with the help of an upgrade to Buy from Deutsche. The firm has hiked its target by $6 to $79.
- Deutsche: "[W]e see the nearterm capitulation in the stock as an attractive entry point into secular growth drivers in FY16+ in Cloud Security and Media Delivery ... FY16+ growth drivers for AKAM's Media Delivery business in Internet HD and 4K Video Streaming, Multi-Player Gaming, etc. 2016 is also like to see meaningful spikes in Internet Web and Video traffic from the Summer Olympics, etc."
- On its CC (transcript), Akamai estimated a strong dollar will have a $3M impact on Q2 sales relative to Q1, and a $22M impact relative to Q2 2014. The company also noted it spent $67M in Q1 to buy back ~900K shares at an average price of "just over $67."
Tue, Apr. 28, 5:03 PM
- Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) has guided on its Q1 CC for Q2 revenue of $532M-$547M and EPS of $0.55-$0.59. The former is below a $544.8M consensus at the midpoint; the latter is entirely below a $0.63 consensus.
- As is the case for many other tech companies, a strong dollar has taken a heavy toll on the CDN leader: Q1 revenue growth was 20% Y/Y in constant currency, and 16% in actual dollars. International revenue rose 21% in constant currency, and 7% in actual dollars to $137.6M. U.S. revenue rose 20% to $389M.
- Media delivery revenue (lower-margin, affected by Apple's CDN buildout) rose 12% to $241.8M; performance/security solutions (higher-margin) rose 21% to $245M, and service/support solutions 12% to $39.7M.
- Shares have fallen to $71.00 AH. They went into earnings just $1.24 away from a high of $77.31.
- Q1 results, PR
Thu, Feb. 12, 3:04 PM
- On a day the Nasdaq is up 1% (thanks in part to Cisco), notable tech gainers include wireless broadband/Wi-Fi hardware provider Ubiquiti (UBNT +5.5%), M2M hardware/service provider Sierra Wireless (SWIR +6.2%), fiber access equipment vendor Zhone (ZHNE +3.3%), CDN leader Akamai (AKAM +5.8%), 3D printing plays Voxeljet (VJET +12.5%) and Materialise (MTLS +4.4%), satellite services/hardware vendor ViaSat (VSAT +4.4%), capacitor maker Kemet (KEM +5.8%), Chinese online real estate play Leju (LEJU +5.7%), and microcap solar installer RGS Energy (RGSE +24.3%).
- With markets trading higher, the list of notable decliners is smaller. It includes fixed wireless broadband provider Towerstream (TWER -8.9%), local services marketplace Angie's List (ANGI -5%), Chinese social networking/IM platform YY (YY -4.5%), and chip packaging IP provider Tessera (TSRA -6.1%).
- Sierra, Ubiquiti, and Zhone have joined the list of telecom/networking equipment firms rallying on account of Cisco's numbers. Akamai and ViaSat are adding to the gains they saw yesterday thanks to market-pleasing earnings (I, II), and Tessera is reversing the Wednesday gains it saw on account of a Q4 beat. Voxeljet also rose sharply yesterday.
- Previously covered: Baidu, TripAdvisor, Nvidia, FireEye, Zillow/Trulia, enterprise tech stocks
Tue, Feb. 10, 5:28 PM
- Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) has guided on its Q4 CC (webcast) for Q1 revenue of $517M-$534M and EPS of $0.60-$0.63, in-line with a consensus of $528.4M and $0.62. A semi-cautious outlook was expected on account of forex.
- Security services (a high-margin business) remain a strong point for the CDN leader: It now has 1.7K security customers, up from nearly 800 a year ago. Media (a lower-margin business) also outperformed, thanks in part to strong gaming services demand.
- GAAP costs/expenses rose 25% Y/Y in Q4 to $400.2M (compares with 23% revenue growth). $42M was spent on buybacks.
- Shares are at $64.61 AH, putting them near a 52-week high of $65.39. Q4 results, PR.
Tue, Feb. 10, 4:03 PM
Oct. 29, 2014, 6:48 PM
Oct. 16, 2014, 1:41 PM
- Stating checks indicate Akamai's (AKAM -2.2%) media traffic has dropped in October, Wells Fargo has downgraded the CDN leader to Market Perform, and cut its valuation range to $57-$61 from $70-$75.
- Wells is also worried about the impact of a strong dollar on Akamai's foreign sales. eBay disclosed yesterday forex is taking a toll on its 2H14 performance.
- Akamai was hit earlier this year by news major customer Apple is following Netflix's lead by building its own CDN; the CDN went live this summer. The company has made cutting its dependence on low-margin media delivery sales a priority.
- Rival Limelight (LLNW -2.5%), more dependent on media delivery than Akamai, is also off. Akamai's Q3 report is due on July 30.
Jul. 31, 2014, 9:11 AM
Jul. 30, 2014, 4:56 PM
- Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) guides on its Q2 CC for Q3 revenue of $484M-$496M and EPS of $0.55-$0.58, largely above a consensus of $484.8M and $0.55.
- Gross margin rose 160 bps Y/Y in Q2 to 68.6%. But total GAAP costs/expenses rose 30% (exceeded revenue growth of 26%) thanks to big increases in sales/marketing and R&D spend.
- $71M was spent on buybacks at an average price of $54.89.
- Q2 results, PR
Jul. 24, 2014, 9:45 AM
- Akamai (AKAM +1.9%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Macquarie. Q2 results are due on July 30.
- Unisys (UIS +7.9%) has been upgraded to Positive by Susquehanna. Shares crashed yesterday following a Q2 miss.
- Chip assembly/test firms ASX (ASX -4.6%) and Siliconware Precision (SPIL -1.7%) have respectively been cut to Neutral and Underweight by JPMorgan.
- As part of a coverage launch for Chinese Internet stocks, Citi has started Dangdang (DANG +6.3%), Weibo (WB +1.4%), Jumei (JMEI +2.5%), and Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +2.1%) at Buy.
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