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Cloudflare Inc. Shares Surge 21% in The After-Hours Market

Ticker Symbol: NET

Cloudflare Inc, the cloud security and continent delivery network company, saw its shares rip higher by 21% in the after-hours market as the company boosted its revenue forecast for the fiscal year 2022. Shares were last exchanging hands at $70.75, recovering slightly from the spill they have taken thus far this year. Total return before the earnings-induced spike on a year-to-date basis was –55.6%, lagging the S&P Index by 42.6%, and the Nasdaq 100 by 37.5%.  

The company reported second-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $0 versus the consensus estimate of a loss of 0.65¢. Revenue also beat Wall Street expectations of $227 million, rising a mammoth 54% year over year to $234.5 million. The company also reported an adjusted gross margin of 78.9%, higher than the average estimate of 78.3%. Large customers as of June 30th totaled 1,749 against the expected 1,715.

Critically, management also provided robust third-quarter and full-year forecasts. The company sees revenue at $250 million to $251 million for the quarter ending on September 30th, higher than the average analyst estimate of $247 million. It expects earnings to come in between breakeven and 1¢, lower than the expected 0.79¢ per share.

For the full fiscal year, revenue is slated to come in between $968 million to $972 million. Management previously saw revenue was going to be between $955 and $959 million. Analysts were expecting $959 million. It still sees adjusted earnings per share of between 3¢ and 4¢, higher than the Street’s view of 2.9¢.

Cloudflare Chief Executive Officer Matthew Prince said in a statement that the company will keep expanding its product offerings and software solutions. The firm has become a leading provider of the zero-trust security market, which has been growing at an exponential pace recently. Zero-trust is the concept that all users accessing a network must be authenticated and verified before they are granted access to apps, data, and servers.

This became a key during the pandemic as remote users, and bring your device (BYOD) assets, that were not located within an enterprise-owned environment, proliferated through companies, and workforces become more geographically distributed. Cloudflare has benefited from those trends, but the company’s valuation has been cut by close to 70% as the Federal Reserve started increasing interest rates.

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