You gotta spend money to make money. That's why Limelight Networks
That's why gross margins dipped a bit in the second quarter, only to come back stronger in the just-reported third. Limelight has signed long-term peering agreements with the major American networks to make video-grade bandwidth more affordable in the long run.
You may recall rival Level 3 Communications
Limelight stayed quiet on the sidelines of that dispute while securing agreeable network terms with "the major U.S. access networks." That would include the big consumer-grade bandwidth wranglers Verizon
Yes, Comcast would most certainly be on that list. One catfight, avoided.
Going forward with fresh peering contracts in hand, I'd expect those gross margins to expand considerably over the next couple of years. At the moment, the metric stands at 35.5%, up from 31.7% in the second quarter. Limewire also reported a rare profit from continuing operations on 6% stronger sales, year over year.
Management expects margins to rise as revenues scale up, which makes the peering contracts sound like a bushel of fixed costs. So keep one eye on the top line while the other scans for fatter margins if you want to track how this investment is paying off. Our watchlist feature will help you perform that cross-eyed feat -- get started now!
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