Akamai Hangs 50 in 2006: Fool by Numbers

On Wednesday, Rule Breakers selection Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM  ) released earnings for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31.

  • Excluding acquisition charges and a $1.65-per-share tax benefit from 2005, Akamai's $428.7 million in 2006 revenue produced $0.88 in per-share earnings, both of which beat Street estimates.
  • Plenty of cash flowed to Akamai as a result. The Web weaver ended the year with $434 million in cash and securities, including $164.6 million in long-term investments and restricted stock. Meanwhile, cash from operations improved by 59% over the year prior.
  • Yet none of that impresses the Fools tracking Akamai in our Motley Fool CAPS investor-intelligence database. They give the stock three very mediocre stars.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

FY 2006

FY 2005

Change

Sales

$428,672

$283,115

51.4%

Net Profit

$57,401

$327,998

(82.5%)

EPS

$0.34

$2.11

(83.9%)

Diluted Shares

176,767

156,944

12.6%



Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

FY 2006

FY 2005

Change*

Gross Margin

78.05%

80.34%

(2.29)

Operating Margin

19.39%

25.92%

(6.53)

Net Margin

13.39%

115.85%

(102.46)

*Expressed in percentage points.

Margins are the earnings engine. See how they work.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

FY 2006

FY 2005

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$268,736

$291,678

(7.9%)

Accounts Rec.

$86,232

$52,162

65.3%



Liabilities

FY 2006

FY 2005

Change

Accounts Payable

$81,205

$54,471

49.1%

Long-Term Debt

$200,000

$200,000

0.0%



Learn the ways of the balance sheet.

Cash Flow Checkup

FY 2006

FY 2005

Change

Cash From Ops.

$131,967

$82,798

59.4%

Capital Expenditures

$69,328

$36,160

91.7%

Free Cash Flow

$62,639

$46,638

34.3%



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