Cloudflare Inc. has impressed investors with its latest earnings report and optimistic outlook, leading to a rally in its shares during after-hours trading. The cybersecurity company's stock, listed as Cloudflare NET, +1.45%, saw a surge of up to 6% following a 1.5% increase in the regular session, closing at $65.04.
In the second quarter, Cloudflare reported a loss of $94.5 million (or 28 cents per share), compared to a loss of $63.5 million (or 20 cents per share) in the same period last year. However, the adjusted net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expenses and other items, was an impressive 10 cents per share, compared to break-even in the previous year.
Cloudflare's revenue also soared, reaching $308.5 million compared to $234.5 million in the second quarter of the previous year. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected a net income of 7 cents per share on revenue of $305.6 million, highlighting Cloudflare's outperformance.
Matthew Prince, Cloudflare's co-founder and chief executive, expressed confidence in the company's future prospects, stating, "We believe we're uniquely positioned to become a leader in AI inferencing and have a lot more in store across the entire AI lifecycle to help enable companies to build the future."
Looking ahead, Cloudflare provided an optimistic forecast for the third quarter, projecting adjusted earnings of approximately 10 cents per share on revenue ranging between $330 million and $331 million. For the full year, they anticipate earnings of about 37 cents per share on revenue of $1.28 billion to $1.29 billion.
Analysts had previously estimated earnings of 9 cents per share on revenue of $329.4 million for the third quarter and 34 cents per share on revenue of $1.28 billion for the year. Cloudflare's strong outlook adds to their positive momentum.
Cloudflare had experienced a challenging quarter previously, resulting in their worst trading day since their initial public offering in 2019. However, the company has successfully navigated these hurdles, emphasizing their ability to adapt and thrive.
Year to date, Cloudflare's stock price has surged by an impressive 44%, outperforming the ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF HACK (up 17.5%), the S&P 500 index SPX (up 17%), and the tech-focused Nasdaq Composite COMP (up 33%). This growth illustrates the market's recognition of Cloudflare's achievements.
Cloudflare's exceptional performance in both earnings and outlook demonstrates their commitment to providing innovative cybersecurity solutions. With a promising future ahead, Cloudflare is set to solidify its position as a leader in the industry.