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Why Okta Inc. Stock Climbed 14% Last Month

By Jeremy Bowman – Oct 3, 2018 at 1:54PM

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Shares of the identity-for-the-cloud provider gained on another impressive earnings report.

What happened

Shares of Okta Inc. (OKTA 0.94%) moved higher in September after the cloud-based security specialist posted another strong earnings report, as the company's results easily topped its own guidance and analyst estimates. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock finished September up 14%.

As you can see from the chart below, Okta shares spiked on the earnings report early in the month, and held those gains from there. 

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So what 

Shares of Okta, which provides enterprises with cloud-based identity-verification and security tools, jumped 19% on Sept. 7 after the company issued another blowout earnings report. Okta's strong momentum continued as the company posted 57% revenue growth to $94.6 million, crushing estimates at $84.8 million and the company's own guidance of 39% to 41%. On the bottom line, margins improved, but the company's adjusted per-share loss remained even with a year ago at -$0.15, in part due to an increased share count after last April's IPO. That figure did beat expectations of -$0.19.

Three Okta workers meeting in the break room.

Image source: Okta.

Once again, Okta scored a number of new customer relationships in the quarter, including the Orlando Magic basketball team, Pret a Manger, and Cisco Meraki. And it expanded existing ones, showing the scalability potential of its model. 

CEO Todd McKinnon said: "Growth in customers with over $100,000 annual recurring revenue accelerated to 55% year over year in Q2, which is a testament to the increasing strategic need for an identity solution as organizations move to the cloud. This need is pervasive and imperative, and I believe we are in the early stages of capitalizing on this high-growth opportunity."

Now what

Okta also lifted its guidance in the quarter, now calling for full-year revenue growth of 45% to 46% and an adjusted per-share loss of $0.48 to $0.46, an improvement from a previous forecast of 38% to 39% top-line growth and an adjusted per-share loss of $0.58 to $0.54. 

The company continues to execute in all areas, and management expects to be breakeven on a cash flow basis. Like many fast-growing cloud stocks, Okta appears to have a bright future.

Jeremy Bowman owns shares of Okta. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Okta. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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