The Ultimate Software Or The Ultimate Short
Ultimate's Mid-Market Push Isn't Enough To Satisfy Investors
The Ultimate Software Or The Ultimate Short
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Fri, Feb. 5, 11:01 AM
- A long list of enterprise software and security tech names are off sharply after business intelligence/analytics software upstart Tableau (down 45.3%) reported slower-than-expected license revenue growth and issued below-consensus Q1/2016 guidance.
- Also possibly weighing: LinkedIn (down 39.6%), which derives a large % of its revenue from cloud-based recruiting and sales tools for enterprises, issued weak Q1/2016 guidance.
- Given the magnitude of the drops, margin calls and forced selling by funds could be playing a big role. The Nasdaq is down 2.2%.
- Tableau suggested its growth slowdown has to do with softening IT spend and a need to improve sales productivity, but analysts have raised questions about competition from the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, and Qlik. LinkedIn forecast a growth slowdown for its field sales hiring solutions business, while blaming European/Asian macro pressures. The company also noted its display ad business continues declining amid weak industry growth.
- Major enterprise software decliners include Splunk (SPLK -23.7%), Workday (WDAY -15.1%), Adobe (ADBE -7%), Zendesk (ZEN -15.2%), ServiceNow (NOW -13.6%), NetSuite (N -12.4%), Salesforce (CRM -11.2%), Paycom (PAYC -10.6%), Ellie Mae (ELLI -11.5%), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD -7.8%), Veeva (VEEV -7.7%), Ultimate Software (ULTI -9%), Luxoft (LXFT -7.5%), Manhattan Associates (MANH -8.5%), Box (BOX -6.6%), Guidewire (GWRE -13.6%), Demandware (DWRE -9.3%), Hortonworks (HDP -9.7%), and Tableau rival Qlik (QLIK -16.6%). The casualty list includes many cloud software firms, as well as several analytics software plays. Previously covered: New Relic, Atlassian.
- Major decliners among security tech firms: Palo Alto Networks (PANW -12%), FireEye (FEYE -8.9%), Rapid7 (RPD -8.6%), CyberArk (CYBR -8.3%), Proofpoint (PFPT -8%), Imperva (IMPV -8.3%), Fortinet (FTNT -6.9%), and Vasco (VDSI -5.1%). The selloff comes in spite of an FQ3 beat and in-line FQ4 guidance from Symantec, which has been losing share to various upstarts.
Tue, Feb. 2, 4:01 PM
- Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI): Q4 EPS of $0.83 beats by $0.10.
- Revenue of $170.65M (+26.0% Y/Y) beats by $1.56M.
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Oct. 28, 2015, 2:33 PM
- Though Ultimate Software (NASDAQ:ULTI) slightly missed Q3 revenue estimates (while beating on EPS), it's guiding for 22% 2015 revenue growth, nearly even with a 21.9% consensus. Recurring revenue (e.g. cloud subscriptions) is expected to rise 23%.
- The cloud HR/HCM software vendor has also set preliminary 2016 revenue growth guidance of 23%, above a 21.6% consensus. Recurring revenue is expected to rise 25%, and op. margin grow to 21% from an expected 2014 level of 20%.
- Recurring revenue rose 23% Y/Y in Q3 to $131.8M; services revenue rose 18% to $23.6M. GAAP operating expenses rose 36% Y/Y to $83.8M. $31.1M was spent to buy back 187K shares.
- Shares have made new highs, and are up 40% YTD.
- Q3 results, PR
Oct. 27, 2015, 4:05 PM
- Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI): Q3 EPS of $0.69 beats by $0.06.
- Revenue of $155.32M (+21.9% Y/Y) misses by $0.83M.
- Shares +0.75%.
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Jul. 28, 2015, 4:01 PM
- Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI): Q2 EPS of $0.62 beats by $0.07.
- Revenue of $147.23M (+20.7% Y/Y) beats by $1.11M.
May 19, 2015, 6:54 PM
- As part of a change in analyst coverage for cloud software stocks, Needham's Scott Berg has launched coverage on Workday (NYSE:WDAY) and HealthStream (NASDAQ:HSTM) at Buy, upgraded Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD) to Strong Buy, and upgraded Ultimate Software (NASDAQ:ULTI) to Buy after the close. Though their product lines differ, all 4 companies have exposure to the cloud HR/talent management space.
- Berg on Workday: "[W]e believe WDAY has the combination that growth investors seek: large market, well positioned product versus industry megatrends, and a financial model that yields significant revenue visibility ... Although we believe the company's current valuation assumes almost flawless near-term sales execution to further expand its valuation multiples, we believe its execution within a HCM market exhibiting high demand creates a positive risk/reward scenario..." The remarks come ahead of Workday's May 26 FQ1 report.
- Berg on HealthStream: "We believe HealthStream uniquely benefits from two significant mega-trends; 1) the strong secular adoption rates within the Talent Management Enterprise Software subsector, and also 2) an environment that is increasingly regulated, requiring its products’ end users to evaluate competencies and train employees on a more frequent basis." The cloud healthcare software firm is a month removed from posting a Q1 beat.
- WDAY +0.7% AH to $91.28. CSOD +1.9% to $32.44. ULTI +1.2% to $170.29. HealthStream hasn't yet moved AH.
Apr. 29, 2015, 3:30 PM
- Tech companies rallying after posting earnings include telecom analog/mixed-signal chipmaker InPhi (IPHI +11.5%) and process-optimization/supply-chain software vendor Aspen Technology (AZPN +6.3%). Those down strongly include telecom equipment vendor Calix (CALX -8.1%), pay-TV infrastructure hardware provider Harmonic (HLIT -6.4%), and cloud HR software vendor Ultimate Software (ULTI -5.6%).
- InPhi beat Q1 estimates and offered in-line Q2 guidance: Revenue of $59.6M-$60.8M and EPS of $0.22-$0.24 vs. a consensus of $60.6M and $0.23. With shares having sold off going into earnings thanks to soft guidance from peers, the outlook is better than feared.
- Aspen beat FQ3 estimates and issued strong FY15 (ends June '15) guidance on its CC (transcript): Revenue of $437M-$439M and EPS of $1.41-$1.43, above a consensus of $436.9M and $1.33.
- Calix missed Q1 estimates and offered light guidance on its CC (transcript): Revenue of $94M-$98M and EPS of -$0.06 to -$0.02, below a consensus of $104.4M and $0.05. The company blames delays in the rollout of carrier capex budgets.
- Harmonic beat Q1 estimates, but also guided for Q2 revenue of $97M-$107M, below a $108.4M consensus. The company blames macro issues in several regions, a strong dollar, customer M&A activity, and the deferred revenue components of new projects.
- Ultimate posted roughly in-line Q1 results and guided for Q2 revenue of $146M, below a $148.4M consensus. Full-year revenue growth guidance of 22% is in-line. Many peers are rallying following a report stating Salesforce has received buyout interest.
- Previously covered: Twitter, GoPro, LogMeIn, Xoom, GrubHub, MicroStrategy, Smith Micro, AppliedMicro, OpenText
Apr. 28, 2015, 4:05 PM
- Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI): Q1 EPS of $0.52 in-line.
- Revenue of $144.88M (+19.7% Y/Y) misses by $0.18M.
Apr. 17, 2015, 1:46 PM
- Cloud IT service management software leader ServiceNow is down 14.5% after providing soft guidance (thanks in part to forex) to go with a Q1 beat. Many high-beta enterprise tech names are off sharply amid a 1.5% drop for the Nasdaq.
- In addition to Salesforce and Workday (previous), cloud software firms posting big losses include NetSuite (N -4.8%), Constant Contact (CTCT -3.3%), InContact (SAAS -3.9%), Paycom (PAYC -3.6%), Ultimate Software (ULTI -3.6%), and Textura (TXTR -3.7%). NetSuite reports on April 23, Ultimate Software on April 28, Constant Contact on April 30, and Paycom on May 6.
- Big data/analytics software plays have also been hit hard. Tableau (DATA -6.3%), Splunk (SPLK -5.2%), Hortonworks (HDP -6%), and Varonis (VRNS -4.3%) are all off sharply. Though its growth rates and multiples are similar to those of many analytics software firms, ServiceNow generally isn't seen as an analytics play. This morning, D.A. Davidson launched coverage on Tableau and Splunk at Buy, and Hortonworks at Neutral.
- Tableau, which surged yesterday following bullish Stifel and William Blair coverage launches, reports on May 7. Stifel praised Tableau's "superior product performance and simplified user experience," data discovery market lead, international growth potential (less than 25% of license revenue is from outside of North America), and ability to capitalize on "free demo downloads by front-line information workers evangelizing [Tableau's] product." William Blair stated its survey work "indicates that the perceived value of Tableau exceeds that of other self-service [business intelligence] vendors."
- Pac Crest hiked its Splunk target to $82 yesterday after attending a user conference. "[T]he economic value derived from expanding Splunk implementations ... into new areas like security intelligence, compliance and real-time capacity planning results in cost avoidance that can far overshadow the historical pricing objections to Splunk. This is a significant change in customer behavior and pricing perception ... It was clear that the appetite of existing Splunk users to find new use cases remains fierce..."
Feb. 3, 2015, 4:05 PM
- Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI): Q4 EPS of $0.68 beats by $0.09.
- Revenue of $135.43M (+21.0% Y/Y) in-line.
- Shares -0.72%.
The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. develops and provides Web-based payroll and workforce management software solutions. The company's UltiPro software, which is designed to deliver the functionality businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement. This... More
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