Cloudflare tanks 20% despite solid Q1: how come?


Cloudflare tanks 20% despite solid Q1: how come?

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Wajeeh Khan

May 5, 2022

Cloudflare reports slightly better-than-expected results for its fiscal Q1.

The cloud company says it might remain in loss in the current quarter.

Shares of the NYSE-listed firm tanked nearly 20% in extended trading.

Cloudflare Inc (NYSE: NET) reported better-than-expected Q1 results on Thursday. Shares still fell nearly 20% in extended trading after the company said it might remain in loss in the current fiscal quarter.

What Cloudflare Q1 earnings report tells us

Lost $41.4 million in the first quarter versus the year-ago figure of $40 million.Per-share loss of 13 cents remained unchanged on a year-over-year basis.Adjusted per-share loss came in at 1 cent, as per the earnings press release.Revenue jumped 54% YoY to $212.2 million in the recent fiscal quarter.Consensus was for break-even on a per-share basis on $205.7 million in revenue.Over 14,000 new paying customers joined Cloudflare in Q1 – a quarterly record.

Customers that spent more than $1.0 million a year were up 72% YoY. The stock is now down 50% for the year.

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Future guidance and CEO’s remarks

In Q2, Cloudflare expects revenue to fall between $226.5 million and $227.5 million. It hopes to break-even in the current quarter or again report an adjusted per-share loss of 1 cent. This compares to analysts at break-even a share on $217.9 million in revenue.

The DDoS mitigation company raised its guidance for full-year revenue to $955 million – $959 million on 3 – 4 cents of adjusted EPS. In comparison, analysts expect 3 cents per share on $931.1 million in revenue. In the earnings press release, CEO Matthew Prince said:

“The key to our success and customer expansion is innovating at an unrelenting pace, and continued interest in consolidating behind a single vendor that can power multiple network services at scale.”

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