Akamai Technologies (AKAM) Stock Price Target Lowered at Keybanc

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Keybanc reduced its price target on Akamai Technologies (AKAM) to $75 from $86 on Monday morning, but maintained its "overweight" rating on the stock.

The Cambridge, MA-based company is a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications.

"While e-commerce improved quarter over quarter and produced solid year over year growth, the media traffic rate continued to weaken," the firm said in an analyst note.

Although Keybanc is cautious on the fourth quarter due to media traffic trends and uncertainty surrounding first quarter guidance, it recommends building long-term positions. If traffic returns to more normalized levels, the firm believes it will be too late to own the stock.

Shares of Akamai Technologies close at $48.10 on Friday.

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

We rate AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 15.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Although AKAM's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.11, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $182.61 million or 5.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.81%.
  • AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.84 versus $1.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.43 versus $1.84).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AKAM

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