A non-GAAP profit of $0.01 per share on $55.2 million in revenue beat analyst targets on both counts. The content delivery specialist saw its biggest gains in the delivery of mobile data traffic. The much-vaunted video delivery deal with Netflix
Obviously cheered by these results, investors reacted strongly; Limelight's shares jumped as much as 32.5% in intraday trading. Level 3 and Akamai followed suit on a smaller scale, signaling market confidence in the future of content delivery providers.
The way Limelight is beating Street expectations senseless while Akamai disappointed analysts last week may be signs of a shift in the content delivery market. Fellow Fool Tim Beyers has seen this pattern before and still believes that Akamai will make him rich, and I largely agree.
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If surprisingly strong results weren't enough, Limelight also has a squeaky-clean balance sheet with no debt and $57 million of cash equivalents. Limelight will be one of the survivors in the long run.
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