Navigating Between Improving Margins and Slowing Momentum – TipRanks Financial Blog


Fastly (FSLYResearch Report), the Technology sector company, was revisited by a Wall Street analyst on February 15. Analyst William Power from Robert W. Baird maintained a Hold rating on the stock and has a $20.00 price target.

William Power’s rating is based on Fastly’s mixed fourth-quarter performance and forward-looking financial guidance. Fastly’s revenue slightly missed expectations, particularly impacted by international market challenges, despite showing strength in U.S. media and gaming sectors. Margins have shown improvement, which is a positive sign, but the revenue shortfall and the company’s guidance for the upcoming quarter and full year being only in line with previous estimates suggest a cautious outlook. Fastly’s stock had shown strength prior to the earnings release, indicating investor optimism that wasn’t fully met by the quarterly results, leading to a drop in share price after hours.

Furthermore, specific financial metrics like the trailing twelve-month Net Revenue Retention (NRR) rate and Revenue Performance Obligations (RPO) growth indicate a weakening momentum, with NRR decreasing and RPO growth slowing down. While the acquisition of Signal Sciences appears to be performing solidly, contributing to the company’s revenue, the concentration of revenue among the top ten customers remains high, posing a risk. On the positive side, the company has made strides in growing its enterprise customer base, which could be promising for future performance. Despite these mixed signals, Power maintains a neutral stance, balancing the improved margins and enterprise growth against valuation concerns and the recent performance trends.

In another report released on February 15, Craig-Hallum also assigned a Hold rating to the stock with a $20.00 price target.

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Fastly (FSLY) Company Description:

Fastly, Inc. provides real-time content delivery network services. It offers edge cloud platform, edge software development kit (SDK), content delivery and image optimization, video and streaming, cloud security, load balancing, and managed CDN. The company was founded by Artur Bergman, Simon Wistow, and Gil Penchina in March 2011 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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