Wed, Mar. 4, 3:01 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include Chinese online classifieds leader 58.com (WUBA +5.9%), CDN owner Limelight (LLNW +6.5%), account-protection software provider CyberArk (CYBR +3.2%), flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM +3.8%), online video ad platform Tremor Video (TRMR +4%), and Chinese mobile game publisher Sky-mobi (MOBI +11.9%).
- Notable decliners include cloud HR/financials software leader Workday (WDAY -5.8%), systems management software vendor SolarWinds (SWI -3.8%), chip packaging IP firm Tessera (TSRA -4.3%), security hardware/software provider KEYW Holding (KEYW -3.7%), and Chinese online real estate play E-House (EJ -4%). The Nasdaq is down 0.2%.
- Sky-mobi has flown higher since Rosenblatt Securities pounded the table for the company last week. Workday has fallen sharply since last week's FQ4 revenue beat. E-House has gradually declined this week since 58.com announced the purchase of Chinese real estate site Anjuke.
- Previously covered: Neustar, AeroVironment, Alibaba, SanDisk, Autohome/Bitauto, ReneSola, Trina, Ambarella/GoPro, Bazaarvoice, Veeva
Mon, Feb. 2, 4:59 PM
- Limelight (NASDAQ:LLNW) is guiding for 2015 revenue of $156M-$164M and EPS of -$0.10 to -$0.20, above a consensus of $153.9M and -$0.21.
- Q4 gross margin was 39.6%, down from 41.4% in Q3 but up from 36.2% a year ago. Operating expenses fell 2% Q/Q and 10% Y/Y to $22M.
- $2M was spent on buybacks at an average price of $2.83. The CDN owner ended Q4 with $93.1M in cash/marketable securities (equal to nearly 1/3 of its current market cap), and no debt.
- Shares are at $2.90 in AH trading.
- Q4 results, PR
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- 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.
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Jun. 16, 2014, 10:04 AM
- P-E firm Tuition Build has offered to buy Limelight (LLNW) for $644.7M, or $6.55/share - a 131% premium to Friday's close.
- However, Limelight says it has "concluded that Tuition Build does not have the experience, credentials, financial resources, or capability to complete the proposed transaction," and that investors should "disregard" the offer.
- Limelight has been posting Y/Y revenue declines and losses amid softer demand from Netflix, which has been busy building its own CDN. Tuition Build's offer comes as Limelight rival Level 3 announces a $7.3B deal to buy TW Telecom.
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- The Supreme Court has ruled Limelight (LLNW) is "not liable for inducing infringement" of an Akamai (AKAM) CDN patent. (court ruling - .pdf)
- The SC's ruling overturns a guilty verdict against Limelight from a federal's appeals court. The case was closely watched by tech companies who feared an Akamai victory would open the door to a large number of frivolous lawsuits from litigants claiming induced infringement.
- Google, Oracle, Cisco, and other tech giants backed Limelight in the dispute, as did the White House.
- LLNW +1.7% AH.
May. 21, 2014, 2:41 PM
- Akamai (AKAM +2.9%) and Level 3 (LVLT +0.4%), pressured lately by reports Apple and Comcast are planning to launch CDNs, are higher today, though Level 3 has given back some of its early gains. Limelight (LLNW +1.4%) is also up.
- Dan Rayburn has reported Apple, a major Akamai customer, is busy building out a large CDN infrastructure to deliver its content, and is also negotiating direct peering/interconnection deals with top ISPs. He originally wrote about Apple's CDN ambitions in February.
- Rayburn also reports Comcast has joined the ranks of carriers building its own last-mile CDN. He thinks some content owners who use Comcast's service might "pay 20%-40% less than what they pay now," given Comcast already owns the network on which the CDN is being built.
- Akamai, which still claims the world's biggest CDN and proprietary routing algorithms, has tried to counter the carrier CDN threat by striking partnerships - its client list includes AT&T, Telefonica, and Orange. It has also been trying to lower its dependence on a commodity media delivery business (includes sales to Apple) that's seeing intense price pressure.
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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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