So as we all heard Fastly will acquire Signal Sciences for about $775M. I had little knowledge of Signal Sciences before the release and how it would benefit FSLY. So, I took some time today to look into it and thought I’d share my impressions.
Signal Sciences has 85% gross margins as compared to Fastly’s current 61% gross margins. So, it’ll help Fastly expand its security products while improving the combined company’s margins. Overall, should the blending of the two work smoothly, the acquisition may quicken FSLY path to profitability.
FSLY paid $775M which works out to 28x current revenues actually slightly below FSLY’s current P/S multiple so this deal is not dilutive.
Signal Sciences has an impressive list of enterprise customers (about 60) with just a few that I can see overlap FSLY’s 300+ enterprise base. So, it should broaden FSLY’s overall enterprise base. You can see Signal’s list here: https://www.signalsciences.com/customers/
On the business side, Signal Sciences gives FSLY a stronger security offering. This could make the launch of Secure@Edge and Compute@Edge more enticing to enterprise customers.
Hopefully, someone with more knowledge of the technology can chime in as I’m by no means an expert on the tech side. We don’t have much financially to work with at this point but given the current information, I can’t see an obvious downside. Of course, the real challenges are in the integration of the teams and technology.