Akamai Still Accelerating: Fool by Numbers

On Wednesday, Rule Breakers selection Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM  ) released earnings for the first quarter ended March 31.

  • Our table below reports revenue and income in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP. But that's not necessarily a true picture of this business. On what management calls a "normalized" basis -- which excludes the cost of stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles, restructuring, and other similar charges -- Akamai earned $50.7 million in net income, or $0.28 a share. That was in line with Street estimates, and normalized net income was up 73% versus last year's Q1.
  • Though gross margin continues to lose ground, management insists that competitors such as soon-to-be public Limelight Networks, Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT  ) , and Internap (Nasdaq: INAP  ) aren't to blame. Instead, CFO J.D. Sherman told analysts that Akamai is agreeing to volume discounts for "huge deals" that will, over time, greatly boost the bottom line.
  • But that wasn't enough for investors. The stock fell more than 10% in regular trading and was down another 3% this morning. CAPS investors, meanwhile, give the stock just three out of the maximum five stars.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

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Fool by Numbers is designed to give you the raw earnings information in a timely fashion, putting all the numbers you need in one easy-to-read place. But at The Motley Fool, we believe numbers tell only part of the story, so check for more of our in-depth discussion of what the numbers mean.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 3,251 out of more than 27,800 in CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to Rule Breakers. Tim owns shares of Akamai. All of his portfolio holdings can be found at Tim's Fool profile. His thoughts on growth stocks, Foolishness, and investing in general may be found in his blog. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy always adds up.

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