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Barracuda Networks Posts Solid Q3 Results; D.A. Davidson Upgrades

Barracuda Networks Posts Solid Q3 Results; D.A. Davidson Upgrades

Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) shares were seen up more than 9 percent in Tuesday’s pre-market session after the company reported a big Q3 earnings beat. Barracuda reported adjusted EPS of $0.22 on $88.8 million in revenue compared to consensus Street estimates of $0.14 and $86.6 million, respectively.

Barracuda’s numbers were good enough to warrant an upgrade from D.A. Davidson analyst Mark Kelleher from Underperform to Neutral, but the analyst remains cautious on the stock.

Upgrading, But Cautious

According to Kelleher, Barracuda’s growth story is running out of steam.

“The company’s organic growth rate is clearly slowing,” Kelleher explains. “For Q3 the company delivered 11 percent year-over-year revenue growth, down from 13.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.”

He also pointed out that the mid-point of the company’s February quarter guidance suggests revenue growth could slow to just 5 percent.

Barracuda’s Q3 beat was driven by lower R&D expenses, lower general and administrative costs and a lower-than-expected tax burden. Kelleher believes the company should have no problem maintaining its operating leverage in the near future.

In addition to the upgrade, D.A. Davidson has raised its price target for the stock to $25. The firm also raised its EPS estimates for fiscal 2017/2018 from $0.72/$0.75 to $0.83/$0.89, respectively. Kelleher believes at its current share price, the stock is fully-valued at this time.

Latest Ratings for CUDA

Jan 2018DowngradesOutperformNeutral
Dec 2017DowngradesOverweightNeutral
Nov 2017DowngradesOverweightSector Weight

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