Ultimate Software Group, Inc. (The)(ULTI)- NASDAQ
  • Sep. 19, 2014, 11:23 AM
    • SAP (SAP -3.9%) investors have a case of sticker shock after the company agreed to pay $8.3B (to be financed through a credit facility) to buy cloud travel/expense management software leader Concur Technologies. The acquisition price is equal to 9.6x Concur's estimated FY15 (ends Sep. '15) sales.
    • On the other hand, enterprise cloud software names are rallying on hopes of fresh deal activity. CRM +1.5%. N +2.7%. NOW +2.6%. PAYC +5%. ULTI +2.2%. JIVE +1.8%. DWRE +1.8%. MKTO +1.7%.
    • SAP CEO Bill McDermott proclaims combining Concur's products with Ariba's cloud procurement/B2B marketplace offerings and Fieldglass' cloud labor-management software will help his company redefine "how businesses conduct commerce across goods and services, contingent workforces, travel and entertainment."
    • McDermott also praises Concur's corporate travel ecosystem, which includes Hertz, Delta, Expedia, Sabre, and many others, and sees an opportunity to create real-time travel collaboration tools running on SAP's Hana in-memory database. SAP notes only 30% of Concur customers are currently SAP clients, yielding plenty of cross-selling opportunities.
    | Sep. 19, 2014, 11:23 AM
  • Oct. 24, 2013, 12:09 AM
    • Ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, NetSuite (N) has struck a deal to acquire TribeHR, a developer of cloud HR apps aimed at SMBs. NetSuite plans to fuse the startup's offerings with its SMB-focused cloud ERP apps.
    • "Really there has been no HR offering in the mid-market," states NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson (a little hyperbolically). He sees an intergrated ERP/HR solution allowing SMBs to do away with manual HR processes, and also talks up the value of TribeHR's social/collaboration tools.
    • The purchase means NetSuite will compete more with Workday (WDAY), which leads the cloud HR market and also offers cloud ERP software. But Workday has a stronger focus on large enterprises. Ultimate Software (ULTI), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), and Paylocity (reportedly eying an IPO) also compete in cloud HR.
    • Separately, NetSuite and others see an opportunity for the company to poach clients from SAP's SMB-focused Business ByDesign cloud apps, which the German software giant has decided to pare its investments in. NetSuite has launched a Business ByDesign migration program.
    • SAP has reportedly invested €3B in Business ByDesign development over 7 years, but the platform has never generated more than €23M/year in sales in 3 years of availability. Business ByDesign resources will be shifted towards SAP's Hana Cloud, which runs cloud apps on top of the popular Hana in-memory database.
    | Oct. 24, 2013, 12:09 AM
  • Sep. 17, 2012, 4:37 PM

    Oracle (ORCL) is acquiring SelectMinds, a developer of cloud apps for recruiting talent via referrals and social connections, and handling relationship with ex-employees. SelectMinds' software joins an arsenal of Oracle cloud HR solutions that includes its Fusion apps and Taleo. Remaining independent cloud talent management vendors include CSOD, SABA, and ULTI. (IBM-Kenexa) (SAP-SuccessFactors)

    | Sep. 17, 2012, 4:37 PM
  • Aug. 31, 2012, 5:39 PM

    Saba Software (SABA +17.8%) closed with a huge gain on heavy volume. M&A speculation fueled by IBM's Monday deal to buy fellow cloud HR software firm Kenexa is almost certainly the reason. On Tuesday, B. Riley argued Saba could be sold at a hefty premium to a larger cloud player such as Salesforce.com or Workday, or an IT giant such as H-P or Dell. Peers Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD +2%) and Ultimate Software (ULTI +1.1%) had more modest gains. (previous)

    | Aug. 31, 2012, 5:39 PM
  • Feb. 9, 2012, 10:30 AM

    Another cloud name showing strength in early trading (previous) tied to M&A speculation stirred up by the Oracle-Taleo deal is Ultimate Software Group (ULTI) - up 2% on heavier-than-normal trading volume.

    | Feb. 9, 2012, 10:30 AM
  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:29 AM

    Salesforce.com (CRM) is up 2.8%, joining Taleo (TLEO) and NetSuite (N) in rising premarket in the wake of SAP/SFSF, even though its size (current market cap of $16.3B) makes it tougher for a would-be acquirer to swallow. Also higher: ULTI +1.6%. LPSN +3%. Other names haven't yet seen premarket activity, but could move once markets open.

    | Dec. 5, 2011, 8:29 AM | 1 Comment
Company Description
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
Sector: Technology
Industry: Internet Software & Services
Country: United States