Barracuda Networks Conference Call Highlights
Shares of Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) were up more than one percent Friday morning, following its third-quarter earnings release.
Shares were down 1.7 percent at last check.
Below are some highlights and key takeaways from the company's conference call.
- Billings in the first quarter grew 17 percent year-over-year to $87.6 million.
- Revenue grew 18% year-over-year to $66.2 million.
- We also had strong adjusted EBITDA performance.
- And we look forward to sharing more of the details on these product enhancements over the coming quarters.
- Turning to our security category, we continued to make strong progress with our public cloud initiatives in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.
- Once again, Barracuda was ranked by IDC in the first calendar quarter of 2014 as the number one volume leader in Content Security appliance market share
- Lastly, we also launched our new Barracuda Web Filter version 8.0.
- Geographically, we saw a good demand across all of our markets.
- Increased billings growth was driven primarily by the Americas.
- We also saw APAC grow nicely despite some currency headwinds with Southeast Asia and Korea performing particularly well.
- EMEA showed good year-over-year growth following the strong prior quarter with particular strength in Austria, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
- Gross margins in the first quarter were again strong at 80.4 percent, up from 79.5 percent.
- We expect fluctuations in our gross margins from quarter-to-quarter as we continue to invest in our cloud service infrastructure.
- Research and development expenses for the first quarter were $11.7 million or 18 percent of revenue.
- Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter were $28.6 million or 43 percent of revenue.
- We expect revenue in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 to be in the range of $66 million to $67 million.
- We expect non-GAAP operating income for the second quarter to be between $2.5 million and $3.5 million.
- Non-GAAP earnings per share for the second quarter is expected to be between $0.03 and $0.04 of earnings per share.
- Assume a share count range of 54 million to 55 million shares for the second quarter, and a non-GAAP tax rate range of 30 percent to 35 percent.
- For fiscal year 2015, given the performance in Q1, we are increasing our revenue guidance to be between $270 million and $274 million.
- This range represents year-over-year growth of approximately 15 percent, 17 percent.
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