Akamai Technologies Shares Surge 6% on Q3 Beat

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) shares rose more than 6% yesterday following the company’s reported Q3 results, with EPS of $1.26 coming in better than the Street estimate of $1.22. Revenue was $882 million, compared to the Street estimate of $875.83 million.

Compute and Security accounted for 55% of revenue, but Security has seen a major slowdown in growth, and its Delivery business declined 11% year-over-year. The company noted slowing sales cycles and media and advertising under pressure. Competitors with new platforms are more integrated and bundling (network, security, compute) at major price discounts with integrated functionality.

The company’s Q4 revenue guidance implies 3.3% year-over-year decline at the midpoint, driven by (1) FX headwinds, (2) lengthening sales cycles, (3) seasonality, and (4) contained pressure in CDN from recent price reductions.