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Company: Akamai Technologies (AKAM)
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  Undervalued at current price ($18.20)

Market leader, dominant share. Demand growth drivers are getting stronger. Revenue growth rate is impressive, even at lower expected level (25%) compared to past 2 years surge (~40-50%). Increasing Operating Margins with increasing scale, which is important in this business, giving EPS an added lift. Valuation ratios are attractive for its segment (consumer-led internet technologies). 1 year forward P/E at close to 10, PEG ratio at 0.6, P/S at 4 are all relatively low. New competition is emerging, but the company has thought leadership, savvy marketing, marquee customers and technology based on unique IP that lends it a competitive advantage.

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  Wide product portfolio driven by growth in ecommerce, video streaming, SaaS

AKAM has already established a dominant position in content delivery, driven by ecommerce and online video. There remains considerable upside to expand into application delivery, expected to be driven by software as a service (SaaS).

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  The value of Akamai’s differentiated services is stronger than ever

Akamai’s results for the fourth quarter certainly appeared to snuff out any competition fears. Not only did revenue increase 14% and profit 22% over last quarter (!), but gross margin even increased by 20 basis points. CEO Paul Sagan certainly had every right to brag that “the value of Akamai’s differentiated services is stronger than ever.”

Sagan also reassured investors in this uneasy market climate, insisting that an economic slowdown may even help Akamai. Since companies save money by moving operations to the Internet, Akamai would benefit if the migration process picked up as businesses seek to cut costs in a tougher economic climate, he said.

A large driver of Akamai’s growth is the downloading of video content. The company provides technology that allows companies and government agencies to deliver digital internet content, such as commercials and videos.

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