Akamai (AKAM) Should Have a White Christmas

November 27, 2012 12:10 PM EST
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Shares of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) are lower Tuesday, but according to analysts at Wells Fargo it could be a White Christmas for the company.

Analysts at the firm noted data from ComScore showing a solid start to the on-line holiday season. Specifically, adding the spend for Thanksgiving day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday - 2012 on-line spending is approximately $3.18B (+25% yr./yr.) vs the $2.55B (+22% yr./yr) in spending in 2011.

"The solid start to on-line holiday shopping should be a benefit for AKAM's e-commerce segment which accounts for just over 20% of the company's revenue," the firm comments. "Q4 is also typically strong for CDN business. Looking historically, AKAM's total revenue has improved an average of 14.5% in Q4 vs Q3 over the last 3 years (2011 +15.9%, 2010 +11.1%, 2009 +16.4% -- all ex FX and 1x items). Given that the Street Q4 revenue estimate of $381MM implies slightly over 12% sequential growth from Q3 (ex FX and estimated 1x items) - we feel confident that AKAM can meet or exceed Q4 estimates."

Trading at 14.5x 2013E FCF (ex net cash) with a high teens / 20% growth rate - the firm thinks valuation is attractive. They reiterated their Outperform rating.

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Shares of Akamai Technologies last traded at $34.80, down 2.6 percent.

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