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  • A10 Networks: 34% growth potential since the business focused on cybersecurity
Max Manturov

Max Manturov

Head of investment research regulated by CySec 25.03.2022

A10 Networks: 34% growth potential since the business focused on cybersecurity

A10 Networks (ATEN.US) is a leader in providing technical solutions for traffic balancing, mitigating cyber attacks and improving application security.

Ticker: ATEN.US
Entry price: $14,1
Target price: $19
Growth potential: 34.75%
Potential dividend yield: 1.5%
Time horizon: 6 - 12 months
Risk: Moderate
Position size: 2%

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Improving competitiveness by focusing on cybersecurity

Until recently, A10 Networks has focused on providing technical solutions for traffic balancing and developing Application delivery controllers (Application delivery controller or Standalone ADC). This is a highly competitive area, with F5 Networks, Juniper Networks, Fortinet, Radware and Citrix Systems among the most prominent players in addition to A10. Despite this, A10 Networks strives to monitor emerging trends and implement innovative products in a timely manner to meet customer needs.

One example is the company's focus on cyber security, which is very relevant at the moment. We have previously pointed to the increase in cyberattacks on the network on several occasions. In its study, Check Point Technologies claims that in 2021, the number of cyber attacks on corporate networks increased by 50% per week compared to 2020.

A10 Networks has already added the following solutions to its portfolio:

  • Thunder TPS™ - DDoS attack detection and mitigation
  • Thunder® SSLi® - handling encrypted traffic
  • Thunder® CFW is a Converged Firewall

The company is also actively improving its products in line with the Zero Trust concept, which is a priority for many commercial and government organisations. This approach implies the possibility of threats occurring in any segment of the network, even those previously considered conditionally secure behind an "impenetrable wall" of firewalls. In fact, Zero Trust means the need for cyber security systems everywhere, and A10 Networks is moving in that direction. The company is building multi-layered defences that provide visibility into encrypted traffic and prevent the introduction of ransomware, which has done enormous damage to various organisations over the past two years.

It is worth noting that the company is successfully implementing a business shift towards cyber security. Since 2019, A10 Networks has been able to significantly increase the revenue share of its DDoS/SSLi and Carrier-Class Firewall/CGN lines from 57% to 74% in 2021. Through this transition, the company has expanded the size of its addressable market. Together, the DDoS/SSLi and Carrier-Class Firewall/CGN businesses are valued at $11.4 billion. In addition to the high valuation, they also have good growth potential. A10 management expects each business to grow at least 12% and 13% respectively over the next 3 years. In other words, A10 Networks is trying to focus on the promising cybersecurity market, which could continue to be an excellent growth driver for the company in the near term.

Customer-focused business

An additional point worth highlighting is the company's interaction with customers. A10 Networks tries to adapt to changing conditions quickly enough to cover customers' emerging needs. In addition to this, the company offers an excellent price/performance ratio for its products, which was noted by respondents to online resources Gartner and TrustRadius.

In a recent presentation, company management presented the results of a study which found that many customers using A10 Networks products were able to improve their productivity and save significantly on operating and capital costs. It is worth noting that more than 79% of customers reach a positive ROI within 24 months and 54% within less than 12 months. The study also notes that 82% of organisations surveyed were more likely to recommend the A10 Thunder product series. The latter fact indicates that the company will have no problem with organic growth in the near term.

To date, A10 Networks has been able to attract a huge customer pool of more than 7000 organisations, including cloud, telecom, cable and gaming companies, as well as government organisations. The company provides its products in North America, EMEA and APAC. It is worth noting that A10 Networks provides services to many large and quite significant companies and organisations, including: Alibaba, LinkedIn, Samsung, SoftBank, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, China Mobile, Deutsche Telecom, US Senate, University of California.

As a result, A10 Networks' customer-centric approach is steadily yielding results. Last year, recurring revenue reached $97.2 million, up 17.7%, and long-term contracts grew 12% to $121.6 million over the year. Thus, this approach can continue to drive organic revenue growth for the company over the medium term.

Financial situation and valuation of the company

A10 Networks is showing strong financial health. Last year the company's revenue grew by 11% to $250 million. Adj. EBTIDA reached a record $62.4 million, an increase of 37% and a margin of 25%. Net income also increased by 42% year-on-year to $50.1 million.

A10 Networks has no debt load and a substantial liquidity cushion. It has $185 million in cash equivalents on its balance sheet. This structure allows A10 Networks to be more flexible in terms of business development.

In addition, the company has optimised its business processes, last year's CFO was $50.1 million and its FCF was at $45 million.

In 2022, the company's management expects a further improvement in its financial results, and has therefore presented the following forecasts:

  • Revenue growth in the 10% to 12% range
  • Recurrent income growth in the 12% to 15% range
  • EBITDA margin in the range of 26% - 28%

A10 Networks is currently valued at a low multiple relative to the industry average: EV/S (LTM) - 3.6x, EV/S (FY) - 3.2x, EV/ Adj. EBITDA - 14.4x (LTM), EV/ Adj. EBITDA (FY) - 12x, Adj. PE (LTM) - 18x, Adj. PE (FY) - 14.8x.

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