GoDaddy Inc. ((GDDY - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 42 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 22 cents. Also, the bottom line was up from 8 cents in the year-ago quarter.
The company generated revenues of $760.5 million, up 11.9% year over year or 13.3% on a constant-currency basis. The reported figure was in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The revenue growth was driven by strong performance of its product segments.
Following better-than-expected third-quarter results, its share price was up more than 9%.
GoDaddy generates revenues from three segments — Domain, Hosting and Presence, & Business Applications.
Domain: The company generated revenues of $345.3 million (45.4% of total revenues) from this segment. The figure improved 11.6% from the year-ago quarter driven by strong liquid domain aftermarket and renewals.
Hosting and Presence: This segment generated revenues of $285 million (37.5% of revenues), increasing 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. The revenue growth can be primarily attributed to robust feature engagements, bookings and appointments within this segment. Further, well-performing GoCentral remained a major positive.
Business Applications: Revenues from this segment came in at $130.2 million (17.1% of revenues), increasing 21.9% year over year.
GoDaddy Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
The company’s customer base reached 19.1 million at the end of the third quarter. Notably, the figure was up 4.6% from the prior-year quarter. Growing website adoption in emerging markets aided the growth of its customer base. Average revenue per user was $155 in the reported quarter, up 7.1% on a year-over-year basis, attributable to solid momentum across international markets served by the company.
International revenues were $254.3 million in the third quarter, up 7.8% year over year or approximately 11.7% on a constant-currency basis.
GoDaddy uses total bookings as a performance measure, since payment is usually collected at the time of sale, and recognizes revenues ratably over the term of customer contracts. In the third quarter, total bookings of $851 million increased 14.7% year over year or 15.7% on a constant-currency basis.
Gross margin was 65.2%, down 140 basis points from the prior-year quarter.
Operating expenses (technology and development, marketing and advertising, & general and administrative) of $268.2 million decreased 1.4% year over year.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
At the end of the third quarter, total cash and cash equivalents, along with short-term investments were $990.2 million compared with $1.2 billion in second-quarter 2019. Accounts and other receivables were $29 million compared with $24.8 million in the second quarter.
Total debt was $2.4 billion and net debt was $1.4 billion at the end of the third quarter.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $200.2 million compared with $161.3 million in the second quarter.
Additionally, adjusted free cash flow was $191.3 million during the reported quarter.
For full-year 2019, management expects revenues within $2.98-$2.99 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of approximately 12%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year revenues is pegged at $2.99 billion.
Additionally, free cash flow in 2019 is projected between $730 million and $740 million, suggesting year-over-year growth of 18-19%.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
GoDaddy currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Stamps.com Inc. (STMP - Free Report) , AMETEK, Inc. (AME - Free Report) , and Carvana Co. (CVNA - Free Report) . While Stamps.com sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), AMETEK and Carvana carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth for Stamps.com, AMETEK and Carvana is currently projected at 15%, 10.91% and 9%, respectively.
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