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  • Fri, Oct. 21, 9:02 AM
    • Earlier: SAP operating profit rises 1%, ups FY guidance
    • Buy ratings on SAP reissued at Commerzbank, Warburg, DZ Bank and Baader Helvea. Improved 2016 outlook broadly cited.
    • Kepler Cheuvreux, though, attributes a maintained Hold rating to concerns on business mix and its impact on profitability and cloud margins, a muted view on valuation and limited perceived upside.
    • SAP (NYSE:SAP) shares +1.8% pre-market.
    | Fri, Oct. 21, 9:02 AM
  • Fri, Oct. 21, 3:29 AM
    • SAP's (NYSE:SAP) Q3 adjusted operating profit rose 1% to €1.64B but came in just below estimates of €1.65B.
    • Revenue climbed 8% to €5.4B and topped forecasts of €5.3B.
    • SAP obtained over 400 S/4  new Hana customers, with 4,100 businesses now running the suite.
    • SAP slightly improved its guidance for adjusted operating profit to €6.5-6.7B from a previous forecast of €6.4-6.7B.
    • SAP also expects cloud and software revenue to rise 6.5-8.5%.
    • "The pipeline is more robust than it has ever been going into the fourth quarter," says CEO Bill McDermott. "We're in very good shape on the top line."
    • EMEA revenue rose 5% to €2.32B, boosted by German sales, while U.S. revenue increased 7% to €1.77B and sales in the Asia, Pacific & Japan region came in at €825M.
    • Shares are +1.8% in Frankfurt.
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    | Fri, Oct. 21, 3:29 AM
  • Thu, Oct. 20, 5:30 PM
    | Thu, Oct. 20, 5:30 PM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, Sep. 28, 8:37 AM
    • SAP has bought IoT software developer Plat.One, marking the start of a plan to invest $2B in the Internet of Things over the next five years.
    • Some of those billions will be spent on the creation of IoT development labs around the world, SAP said in a statement.
    • The company is also rolling out a series of "jump-start" and "accelerator" IoT software packages for particular industries, to help them monitor and control equipment.
    | Wed, Sep. 28, 8:37 AM
  • Thu, Aug. 25, 3:19 PM
    • Altiscale is a big-data cloud startup specializing in Hadoop, Spark and other frameworks. A deal is reported to be officially announced in coming weeks.
    • The company had previously raised $42M and has been around since 2012.
    • Altiscale is a well-regarded operation within its specialty, but SAP (SAP) is up against strong cloud competition from Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and others.
    | Thu, Aug. 25, 3:19 PM
  • Wed, Jul. 20, 11:10 AM
    • "Any time there’s a pressure point where things are changing, business leaders are looking for a solution," SAP (SAP +5.3%) CEO Bill McDermott tells Bloomberg, explaining why he's not concerned Brexit will hurt business.
    • SAP earlier reported operating profit of €1.52B vs. €1.45B estimated, with sales of €5.24B also topping consensus.
    • After declining 13% in Q1, new software license revenue gained 10% to €1.04B. "We closed any deal that wasn’t closed in Q1," says McDermott.
    • As seen with other players like Microsoft, IBM, and VMWare, cloud results were strong, with subscriptions and support revenue up 41% to €721M.
    • The company reiterated full-year guidance of adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of €6.4B-€6.7B, with cloud and software revenue to rise 6-8% from last year's €17.23B.
    | Wed, Jul. 20, 11:10 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 20, 5:56 AM
    • SAP SE (NYSE:SAP): Q2 EPS of €0.82 misses by €0.07.
    • Revenue of €5.24B (+5.4% Y/Y) beats by €20M.
    • Shares +3.61% PM.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Jul. 20, 5:56 AM
  • Fri, May 27, 1:53 PM
    • Sources tell dealReporter P-E firm Vista Equity is close to an agreement to buy Marketo (MKTO +6.7%), and that a deal could be announced in the "next couple " of weeks.
    • The site adds Marketo's lack of profits limited buyout interest, and that Vista will have to show it can deliver major cost cuts to secure debt financing for the deal.
    • Marketo surged earlier this month on reports the company is exploring a sale. There had been speculation Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and/or SAP - each of which could use Marketo's cloud marketing automation software to fill out their cloud CRM software lines and better compete against Oracle/Salesforce - would bid for the company.
    • Shares are up 43% since the reports arrived on May 10. If Vista buys Marketo, Microsoft/SAP buyout speculation could turn towards rival HubSpot (HUBS +0.8%).
    | Fri, May 27, 1:53 PM
  • Wed, May 18, 9:13 AM
    • Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT) is up 23.1% premarket as it announces a strategic deal with SAP to take a key role in the SAP Connected Health platform.
    • The deal means a distribution partnership to add Castlight's health benefits platform to SAP's SuccessFactors Human Capital Management suite, and SAP has bought 4.76M shares of new Class B Castlight stock at $3.77/share (about $18M in cash).
    • Along with that purchase, SAP gets a warrant to buy another 1.9M shares of Class B stock at $4.91/share.
    • Castlight closed yesterday at $3.20, and is quoting at $3.94 premarket today.
    • The two expect to work with customer pilots in the team-up later this year.
    • Now read Castlight Health Remains On The Same Bad Track »
    | Wed, May 18, 9:13 AM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, May 17, 1:19 PM
    • As part of its latest move to make nice with a rival, Microsoft (MSFT -2.1%) is partnering with enterprise software giant SAP (SAP -0.8%) to support the use of SAP's popular Hana in-memory database - it's often used for performance-intensive analytics and transaction-processing work, and competes with the in-memory features of Microsoft's SQL Server database - on Azure's cloud infrastructure.
    • A single Hana instance on Azure will support up to 3TB of RAM, with 32TB supported over 16 instances. SAP already supports Hana on Amazon Web Services, as well as through its own cloud platform.
    • Also: The companies have partnered to integrate several SAP product lines - its Ariba procurement/B2B software, Concur travel/expense management software, SuccessFactors HR software, and Fieldglass labor-management software - with Office 365. And Microsoft's Intune mobile device management (MDM) software will be able to manage apps from third-party developers that rely on SAP's Hana Cloud Platform (lets developers build cloud apps running on top of Hana).
    • Separately, SAP has updated Hana to include graph data processing and capture & replay support. The former helps companies better understand and visualize patterns involving people, places, and things, and the latter helps IT workers evaluate and assess the impact of changes made to Hana workloads.
    • The Microsoft alliance follows a partnership with Apple through which SAP will (among other things) help enable third-party iOS apps that can leverage the Hana Cloud Platform. SAP is hosting its annual Sapphire Now conference this week.
    • Now read Microsoft Should Say Goodbye To Lumia, Let Another Firm Carry That Brand
    | Tue, May 17, 1:19 PM | 10 Comments
  • Tue, May 10, 4:12 PM
    • Reacting to news of a possible sale of Marketo (NASDAQ:MKTO) -- which just closed up 24.7% after spiking 15% on earlier chatter -- Credit Suisse believes SAP is the most likely acquirer.
    • Several vendors are still missing critical CRM components, the firm says, and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a potential bidder as well.
    • Acquisitions in the cloud sector have tended to focus on the multiples of enterprise value to the last-12-months subscription revenues, it says.
    • Modeling several acquisitions over the past year and applying that multiple to Marketo ($198.9M in last-12-months sub revenue, and revenue growth of 38.1%) brings a share price of $44.35 -- 65.7% upside from the just-inflated closing price. Applying a standard error to the multiple brings a warranted price range of $37.03-$51.67 (38% to 93% upside).
    • Now read Competition The Issue As Marketo Pivots To Enterprise »
    | Tue, May 10, 4:12 PM | 11 Comments
  • Tue, May 10, 2:48 PM
    • Marketo (NASDAQ:MKTO) has resumed trading after a volatility halt, spiking up 15.5% on reports that it's considering strategic options, including a possible sale of the company.
    • Shares had moved in early April on similar talk, possibly with acquisition interest from Microsoft or SAP.
    • Later last month, Bernstein speculated that most likely acquirers were SAP, Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).
    • Now read Competition The Issue As Marketo Pivots To Enterprise »
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    | Tue, May 10, 2:48 PM
  • Tue, May 10, 1:50 PM
    • Growth stocks have outperformed value stocks each year since 2007, but value investors are often rewarded after such periods. C.T. Fitzpatrick, the CIO of Vulcan Value Partners and the manager of Vulcan Value Partners Fund (MUTF:VVPLX), who has beaten the S&P 500 and its peers every year for the past five years gave his 4 value picks in an interview with Barron's.
    • Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) is his top pick. Oracle and SAP (NYSE:SAP), both are leaders in the big enterprise market, but Oracle is in a better position with its applications plus database products along with being ahead in converting its customers to the cloud.
    • National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) is a value pick since it generated tremendous free cash flow despite a poor quarter.
    • Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) is a new addition since its business model is well-suited for the Affordable Care Act. Fitzpatrick believes that the company's stock price doesn't reflect the fundamentals.
    • United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) gets interest as it has generated high free cash flow despite its bottom line being hurt by the strong dollar. Their accretion of cash is helping return on capital thereby making it a value pick.
    • His top 10 holdings as of Dec. 31 are Oracle, Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH), National Oilwell Varco, Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN), Discovery Communication (NASDAQ:DISCK), Swiss RE AG, MasterCard (NYSE:MA), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), Anthem and Boeing (NYSE:BA).
    | Tue, May 10, 1:50 PM | 6 Comments
  • Thu, May 5, 3:27 PM
    • Having partnered with IBM in 2014 and Cisco in 2015, Apple (AAPL -1.3%) is now partnering with German enterprise software giant SAP (SAP -0.5%) to enable iOS apps that can leverage SAP's popular Hana in-memory database (used to power high-speed analytics and transaction-processing apps).
    • The companies plan to create an SDK that lets developers build iOS apps that can leverage the Hana Cloud Platform (provides cloud access to Hana database services) and also access "core data and business processes" on S/4HANA, Hana-powered versions of SAP's core enterprise apps.
    • In addition, SAP will "develop native iOS apps for critical business operations," and create an app design language that combines SAP's Fiori user experience with "a consumer-grade iOS experience."
    • Owing to both favorable demographics (enterprise device users tend to be wealthier) and solid developer support, the enterprise has been fertile ground for iOS. On the FQ2 call, CFO Luca Maestri stated a recent 451 Research survey of U.S. corporate buyers planning to purchase smartphones in calendar Q2 found 78% planning to buy iPhones.
    | Thu, May 5, 3:27 PM | 83 Comments
  • Wed, Apr. 20, 5:38 AM
    • SAP SE (NYSE:SAP): Q1 EPS of €0.64 misses by €0.03.
    • Revenue of €4.73B (+5.1% Y/Y) misses by €40M.
    | Wed, Apr. 20, 5:38 AM
  • Wed, Apr. 20, 4:42 AM
    • SAP's net profit jumped 38% to €572M, indicating that its focus on the cloud is beginning to pay off.
    • ARM Holdings' (NASDAQ:ARMH) pre-tax profits rose 14% to £137.5M, as it expanded licensing growth in a solid first quarter.
    • Hurt by a strong dollar and drop at its Latin American business, Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) reported its fifth straight quarterly decline in sales.
    • ABB suffered a 7% drop in orders, but the Swiss industrial giant's profit fell less than expected.
    • Cheers! Heineken (OTCQX:HEINY) far exceeded analyst expectations, benefiting from a 23% rise in Asian sales due to the Lunar New Year.
    | Wed, Apr. 20, 4:42 AM | 1 Comment