While the year has been mostly crummy for tech stocks, Criteo (CRTO) has been able to buck the trend. On news of its latest earnings report, the stock price is up a sizzling 20% in early trading. In fact, the company has exceeded $1 billion in revenues for the past year and there continues to be hefty free cash flow generation. Not bad for a company that got its start back in 2005.
Criteo posted its full-year 2015 results on Wednesday and the firm is continuing to show it is the star-performer of the ad tech sector. The company's revenue crossed $1 billion for the first time — far outpacing the majority of the other publicly-traded ad tech companies.
Most of us in the industry know well that programmatic advertising allows marketers to clearly define budgets, set goals, and apply attribution models for campaigns while the technology does all the work. Algorithms do the heavy lifting, analyzing variables in real time to determine the right campaign settings. If you ask online marketing professionals, they’ll say programmatic works, which is why it has maintained its dominance in the ad space. So what exactly are the factors driving programmatic’s growth?