Cloudflare’s stock catapults higher as earnings beat captures ‘robust momentum’

Cloudflare Inc. shares surged 8% in Thursday’s regular session and were poised to tack on substantial further gains after the company topped expectations with its latest financial results.

The stock jumped 24% in Thursday’s extended session on what Cloudflare

deemed “exceptionally strong” results for the December period.

The cybersecurity and software company posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $27.9 million, or 8 cents a share, whereas it lost $45.9 million, or 14 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.

On an adjusted basis, Cloudflare earned 15 cents a share, up from 6 cents a share a year before, while analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting 12 cents a share.

Revenue rose 32% to $363 million, whereas analysts were modeling $353 million.

The company saw significant improvement in pipeline close rates, sales-force productivity and average deal size on a sequential basis, Chief Executive Matthew Prince said in a release. “To close out the year, strength in our business was driven by robust momentum with large customers, significant progress in the public sector, and growth in Cloudflare One.”

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He said the company’s business was “firing efficiently on all cylinders,” with customers still spending despite macroeconomic uncertainties.

Cloudflare is modeling $372.5 million to $373.5 million in revenue for the current quarter, along with 13 cents in adjusted earnings per share. The FactSet consensus was for $372 million and 12 cents, respectively.

Looking at the full year ahead, Cloudflare anticipates $1.648 billion to $1.652 billion in revenue and 58 cents to 59 cents in adjusted EPS. The FactSet consensus was for $1.65 billion in revenue and 54 cents in adjusted EPS.

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