GoDaddy (GDDY) Q3 Earnings In Line, Revenues Beat Estimates

GoDaddy's Inc. 's GDDY third-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of 7 cents per share came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings increased 40% from the year-ago quarter.

Management remains positive about strong product and marketing roadmap for 2017. The company's new mobile-optimized website builder, GoCentral, has been gaining momentum. The company intends to release additional new GoCentral verticals, markets and features throughout 2017.

Notably, on a year-to-date basis, the stock has outperformed the industry it belongs to. It gained 35.3% compared with the industry 's growth of 25.7%.


Revenues of $582.2 million increased4.4% sequentially and 23.3% year over year and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $579.0 million. Moreover, the reported figure came slightly above management's guidance of $577-$582 million.

At the end of the third quarter, customers were nearly 17.1 million, increasing 17.7% year over year. Also, average revenue per user (ARPU) was $134, up 5.1% year over year.

Strong growth in customers, contribution from HEG acquisition and expanding ARPU led to the improvement.

Revenues by Segment

GoDaddy generates revenues from three segments - Domain, Hosting and Presence, and Business Applications.

Domain revenues of $271.5 million contributed 46.6% to total revenues. Revenues were up 3.1% sequentially and 14.8% year over year.

Hosting and Presence revenues of $225.9 million accounted for 38.8% of total revenues. The figure represented 5.1% sequential and 29.8% year-over-year growth.

Business Applications revenues of $84.8 million, which accounted for 14.6% of total revenues, increased 6.5% sequentially and 38.1% year over year.


GoDaddy uses total bookings as a performance measure since payment is usually collected at the time of sale, and recognizes revenues ratably over the term of customer contracts. In the third quarter, total bookings of $668 million increased 25% year over year.


Gross margin was 65.6%, up 81 basis points (bps) sequentially and 144 bps year over year.

Operating expenses of $215.2 million increased 20.6% year over year.

Net Income

The quarter's GAAP net income was $30 million compared with net income of $8.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Pro forma earnings were 7 cents compared with 5 cents reported in the year-ago quarter. Our pro forma calculation excludes restructuring, intangibles amortization, asset impairments and other one-time charges on a tax-adjusted basis.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

On Sep 30, 2017, total cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $553.3 million compared with $591.2 million in the second quarter. Accounts and other receivables were $17.3 million compared with $17.4 million in the prior quarter.

Total long-term debt, including current portion, was $2,415.8 million, while net debt was $1,935.3 million in the third quarter.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter was $131.4 million compared with $113.3 million in the prior quarter.


For the fourth quarter, the company expects revenues in the range of $591-$596 million, including HEG. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $594.9 million.

For full-year 2017, GoDaddy raised its revenue guidance to $2.221-$2.226 billion, representing a year-over-year growth of approximately 20%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $2.22 billion. For the full year of 2018, GoDaddy expects revenue growth in the range of 13-15%.

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