Yesterday, 10:00 AM
- Limelight (LLNW -2.4%) will ask the Supreme Court to review a recent appeals court (CAFC) ruling declaring the company guilty of directly infringing a CDN patent owned by bigger rival Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM).
- The S.C., which only hears a tiny % of appealed cases, previously ruled (in a decision applauded by many tech companies) Limelight couldn't be held liable for inducing infringement of the Akamai patent by its users. However, the CAFC later ruled Limelight's control over its users makes it guilty of direct infringement.
- CEO Bob Lento: "We strongly disagree with the unduly broad standard for direct infringement created by the August 13, 2015 en banc opinion by the Federal Circuit. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will address this erroneous decision." Limelight is down 50% from the Aug. 12 close, and 20% since the CAFC rejected an appeal of its decision on Nov. 16.
Wed, Nov. 18, 4:44 PM
- Pete Perrone is resigning as Limelight's (NASDAQ:LLNW) CFO, effective Dec. 4, following more than two years on the job. Chief strategy officer Sajid Malhotra will serve as interim CFO until a successor is found.
- Limelight asserts Perrone's departure is "unrelated to the recent developments in the Akamai lawsuit and to the financial performance of the business." Shares are down 20% this week amid news the CAFC denied Limelight's request for an appeal of an adverse August decision in the Akamai dispute.
Mon, Nov. 16, 1:21 PM
- A federal appeals court (the CAFC) has denied Limelight's (NASDAQ:LLNW) request for an appeal of an August decision reinstating a $45M infringement verdict granted to Akamai (AKAM +0.4%) in its infringement suit against Limelight.
- Limelight plans to review its options, including a possible appeal to the Supreme Court, which only hears a small portion of appealed cases. The S.C. ruled last year Limelight couldn't be held responsible for inducing infringement by its users. However, the CAFC countered by declaring Limelight's control over its users' actions made it responsible for direct infringement.
- Limelight has fallen to within $0.10 of a 52-week low of $1.78.
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- The Nasdaq is up 1.5% as equity markets display a renewed appetite for risk, and a large number of tech companies are posting 5%+ gains.
- Major gainers include 3D printer makers 3D Systems (DDD +6.8%), Stratasys (SSYS +7.3%), and ExOne (XONE +10.4%), solar microinverter maker Enphase (ENPH +10.7%) and rival SolarEdge (SEDG +6.1%), car-buying site TrueCar (TRUE +10%), defense IT firm Kratos (KTOS +9.5%), online ad software firm Marin Software (MRIN +8.3%), and CDN owner Limelight (LLNW +8.9%).
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Mon, Sep. 28, 3:00 PM
- Plenty of high-beta tech names are getting clobbered as the Nasdaq posts a 3% drop amid a broad market selloff.
- Firms down over 5% include memory giant Micron (MU -5.6%), salvage auction site Liquidity Services (LQDT -10.5%), industrial measurement toolmaker Perceptron (PRCP -12.1%), cloud healthcare software provider Castlight (CSLT -5.4%), CDN owner Limelight (LLNW -8.6%), mortgage origination software firm Ellie Mae (ELLI -6.1%), ultracapacitor maker Maxwell (MXWL -8.5%), Korean analog/mixed-signal chipmaker MagnaChip (MX -9.3%), online loan marketplace LendingTree (TREE -7.9%), and online ad retargeting firm Criteo (CRTO -5.9%).
- Micron's decline comes ahead of its Thursday FQ4 report. Nomura predicted today FQ4 results will miss consensus, and that FQ1 will also be weak. "While an estimate cut is well understood, we believe Micron’s stock will continue to track DRAM/NAND pricing, which is trending lower into the peak of the build season.” Cowen, on the other hand, argued FQ4 will be the bottom, and stated checks point to Samsung "pulling back meaningfully on capex."
- See also: Solar stocks, GoPro, Mindbody, Qorvo
Thu, Aug. 13, 12:45 PM
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%.
Tue, Aug. 4, 4:02 PM
- Limelight (NASDAQ:LLNW) guided on its earnings call (transcript) for Q3 revenue of $42M-$44M and EPS of -$0.10 to -$0.16. The former is above a $41.4M consensus, but the latter is below a -$0.03 consensus.
- Full-year revenue guidance has been hiked to $170M-$174M from a prior $164M-$170M, putting it above a $168.9M consensus.
- Discussing its Q2 results - revenue beat, but EPS was only in-line - Limelight mentioned it saw a mix shift towards high-volume CDN clients, and that (thanks to the volume discounts given to these clients) it "saw a price compression at a higher than normal rate." This trend is expected to continue for the rest of the year.
- Microsoft could be one of those big clients: Limelight mentioned it's taking part in the Windows 10 launch, which led to a major spike in U.S. Web traffic.
- Q2 results, PR
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Mon, Jun. 22, 12:32 PM
- A combo of Level 3 Communications (LVLT +1.1%) with Limelight Networks (LLNW +0.8%) would create a strong content-delivery rival to Akamai, figures Macquarie's Kevin Smithen.
- Verizon had passed on buying Limelight, choosing instead to go for EdgeCast 1.5 years ago to add 6K customers to its own content-delivery business. But Akamai could see real competition from a "credible second source" of a Level 3/Limelight combo.
- "We continue to believe that value will be created over the long term, either by organic margin expansion driven by 15% to 20% CDN industry revenue growth over the next few years, or by what we feel is a logical combination of Limelight with Level 3's CDN business," Smithen says.
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.
Limelight Networks Inc operates a computing platform. The Company provides services including content delivery services, video content management services, performance services for website and web application acceleration, and cloud storage services.
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