Third Quarter Overview
Equinix delivered a mediocre third quarter, with earnings falling short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 54.5%.
Equinix’ revenues in the reported quarter were $417.6 million, up 26.4% from the year-ago quarter. Quarterly results included a contribution of $17.9 million from the newly acquired ALOG data centers.
Revenue growth for the quarter was driven by strong bookings. Pricing for the company’s cabinet equipment remained stable across all geographies while bookings and backlog remained healthy. Global MRR churn, including switch and data, but excluding ALOG was approximately 2.0% within the company’s targeted range.
Cash gross margin for the quarter was 65.0%, which remained flat compared with the year-ago quarter. Total operating expenses increased 19.9% from the year-ago quarter.
Reported net income stood at $20.3 million or 20 cents per diluted share versus a net income of $11.2 million or 24 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. One-time items in the quarter were negligible.
Fourth Quarter Outlook
For fiscal 2011, the company expects total revenue to surpass $1,600.0 million. The cash gross margin is expected to range between 65.0% and 66.0%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $320.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be more than $730.0 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $645.0 to $665.0 million.
For full-year 2012, total revenue is expected to exceed $1,870.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year is expected to be more than $850.0 million. Capital expenditures are projected at $700.0 to $800.0 million.
Agreement of Analysts
Out of the 21 and 16 analysts providing estimates for the fourth quarter 2011, 1 analyst raised estimates over the last 30 days, while one analyst lowered. Again, for fiscal year 2011, 2 analysts raised estimates, while one analyst has lowered over last 30 days. Moreover for fiscal 2012, two analysts have revised their estimate downward over the last 30 days, while 1 analyst revised it upward during the same period.
Some analysts are of the opinion that the latest collaboration of Equinix with Cable & Wireless will create a win-win situation, as the latter will use Equinix data centers to service global enterprise customers, augment their existing cloud capabilities. This will help improve the customer base for Equinix, as many would try and leverage the cloud computing expertise of the company.
Moreover, analysts have high hopes for strong contribution from ALOG data centers yet again. They are also positive about Equinix’ impressive data center footprint and robust network density, which have attracted customers for a long time.
Magnitude of Estimate Revisions
We noticed that the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter has gone up by 2 cents to 44 cents in the past 90 days. On the other hand, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2011 has improved by 4 cents. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2012 has improved by 3 cents over the past ninety days to $2.63.
The company has delivered mixed third quarter results with EPS coming in below our expectations. However, the company’s focus on collaboration and good execution are working in its favor. We believe that further growth in the client base and strategic acquisitions will enhance the company’s revenue potential and expand its geographic reach.
Moreover, we are encouraged by Equinix’s effort to expand the current facilities and maintain its fiscal discipline, while making a considerable effort to improve its cloud computing capabilities. We are also positive about its recurring revenue model. Despite all the positives, competitive treats from the likes of AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Inc. (:VZ) makes us cautious. European exposure and industry consolidation are also causes for concern.
Equinix holds a Zacks #3 Rank, implying a short-term Hold rating.Read the Full Research Report on EQIX
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