• Third quarter revenue totaled $335.6 million, representing an increase of 32% year-over-year
• GAAP loss from operations of $39.2 million, or 12% of revenue, and non-GAAP income from operations of $42.5 million, or 13% of revenue
• Achieved operating cash flow of $68.1 million, or 20% of revenue, and free cash flow of $34.9 million, or 10% of revenue
San Francisco, CA, November 2, 2023 — Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2023.
“We delivered another strong quarter, growing revenue by 32% year-over-year to $335.6 million and delivering our fifth consecutive quarter of record operating profitability,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder & CEO of Cloudflare. “In our third quarter, we relentlessly innovated and accelerated our efforts in AI, announcing the most complete platform to deploy fast, secure, compliant AI inference at scale with Workers AI—along with several partnerships and collaborations with the who’s who of AI. We believe inference is the biggest opportunity in AI, and inference tasks will largely be run on end devices and on connectivity clouds like Cloudflare. By the end of 2024, we expect to have inference-optimized GPUs running in nearly every location where Cloudflare operates worldwide—within milliseconds of every Internet user.”
Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Financial Highlights
• Revenue: Total revenue of $335.6 million, representing an increase of 32% year-over-year.
• Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit was $257.5 million, or 76.7% gross margin, compared to $191.9 million, or 75.6%, in the third quarter of 2022. Non-GAAP gross profit was $264.2 million, or 78.7% gross margin, compared to $198.4 million, or 78.1%, in the third quarter of 2022.
• Operating Income (Loss): GAAP loss from operations was $39.2 million, or 11.7% of revenue, compared to $45.9 million, or 18.1% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2022. Non-GAAP income from operations was $42.5 million, or 12.7% of revenue, compared to $14.8 million, or 5.8% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2022.
• Net Income (Loss): GAAP net loss was $23.5 million, compared to $42.5 million in the third quarter of 2022. GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.07, compared to $0.13 in the third quarter of 2022. Non-GAAP net income was $55.3 million, compared to $19.1 million in the third quarter of 2022. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.16, compared to $0.06 in the third quarter of 2022.
• Cash Flow: Net cash flow from operating activities was $68.1 million, compared to $42.7 million for the third quarter of 2022. Free cash flow was $34.9 million, or 10% of revenue, compared to negative $4.6 million, or 2% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2022.
• Cash, cash equivalents, and available-for-sale securities were $1,574.3 million as of September 30, 2023.
The section titled "Non-GAAP Financial Information" below describes our usage of non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between historical GAAP and non-GAAP information are contained at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, we expect:
• Total revenue of $352.0 to $353.0 million
• Non-GAAP income from operations of $28.0 to $29.0 million
• Non-GAAP net income per share of $0.12, utilizing weighted average common shares outstanding of approximately 354 million
For the full year fiscal 2023, we expect:
• Total revenue of $1,286.0 to $1,287.0 million
• Non-GAAP income from operations of $110.0 to $111.0 million
• Non-GAAP net income per share of $0.45 to $0.46, utilizing weighted average common shares outstanding of approximately 350 million
These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements safe harbor below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.
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Cloudflare will host an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter ended September 30, 2023 earnings results today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time). Interested parties can access the call by dialing (877) 400-4517 from the United States or (332) 251-2620 internationally with conference ID 3723782. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the investor relations website at https://cloudflare.NET. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live event and will remain available for approximately one year.
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Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET) is the leading connectivity cloud company. It empowers organizations to make their employees, applications and networks faster and more secure everywhere, while reducing complexity and cost. Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud delivers the most full-featured, unified platform of cloud-native products and developer tools, so any organization can gain the control they need to work, develop, and accelerate their business.
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