Tableau +14.2% AH after trouncing estimates on 93% license growth

|About: Tableau Software (DATA)|By:, SA News Editor

Tableau's (DATA) Q4 revenue and EPS ($81.5M and $0.20) respectively beat consensus forecasts by $14.5M and $0.20. Y/Y revenue growth accelerated to 95% from Q3's 90%.

License revenue (71% of total revenue, drives future maintenance revenue) grew 93%, up from Q3's 90%. Maintenance revenue (29% of total) doubled to $23.4M after growing 91% in Q3.

The data visualization/analytics upstart added 1,800+ customers and closed 179 $100K+ deals in seasonally strong Q4, up from 1,500+ and 119 in Q3. The company's deferred revenue balance rose 28% Q/Q to $69.2M.

Like many fast-growing enterprise software names, Tableau continues to invest aggressively: sales/marketing spend rose 73% Y/Y to $40.1M, and R&D spend 76% to $18.4M.

Rival QLIK +1.3% AH. The company reports on Feb. 20. Tableau's license numbers stands in stark contrast to the Y/Y license revenue decline rival Tibco (TIBX) reported for its Spotfire analytics platform for the November quarter.

CC at 5PM ET. Q4 results, PR.