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Aug. 25, 2015, 5:35 PM
Aug. 25, 2015, 10:03 AM
- D.A. Davidson has upgraded Workday (NYSE:WDAY) to Buy ahead of tomorrow afternoon's FQ2 report, while cutting its target by $6 to $91 (still 26% above current levels).
- Shares have rallied back above $72 on a morning in which the Nasdaq is up 2.6%; they fell as low as $65.33 yesterday. Evercore upgraded last month.
Jul. 14, 2015, 10:01 AM
- Evercore has upgraded Workday (NYSE:WDAY) to Buy, while cutting its target by $2 to $95.
- The cloud HCM/financials software vendor has risen to its highest levels since May. Shares are once more positive on the year, albeit still down 29% from a Feb. 2014 peak of $116.47.
- Separately, Workday has announced a VC fund (called Workday Ventures) focused on "identifying, investing, and partnering with early to growth stage companies that place data science and machine learning at the core of their approach to enterprise technology." Initial investments include mobile job aggregator app Jobr, analytics engine software provider Metanautix, security software firm ThinAir, and Web translation service Unbabel.
- Update: More details here. Evercore's Kirk Materne believes expectations are now "more realistic," and predicts the adoption curve for Workday's financials products will similar to that seen by its HCM offerings. 30%+ annual sales growth is considered possible for the next few years.
Jul. 7, 2015, 12:41 PM
- After following markets lower earlier today, Workday (WDAY +1.1%) has turned positive in the wake of a column from The Information's Steve Nellis arguing Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) should buy the cloud HCM/financials software leader.
- Nellis: "Only Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) and Workday have enough revenue momentum to help Microsoft become a major seller of software for tracking customers, employee records and financials. But Workday is the better choice for several reasons, including the fact that Salesforce’s products feel dated."
- CNBC reported in May Microsoft held buyout talks with Salesforce, the sole enterprise cloud software pure-play larger than Workday, while adding the companies "remained far apart on a price."
- With a current market cap of $14.8B - would the company be willing to sell at $19B-$20B? - Workday would be a much less costly acquisition for Microsoft than Salesforce ($45.3B market cap). Both the company's forward sales multiples and expected growth rates are notably higher than Salesforce's.
Jun. 4, 2015, 10:27 AM
- Workday (WDAY -1.5%) COO Mike Stankey has been named vice chairman, and elected to the board. In his new job, Stankey will "focus on expansion into new markets, key customer relationships, external communications, and leadership development."
- In addition, CFO Mark Peek and sales chief Phil Wilmington have been named co-presidents. Peek will "continue to oversee finance and most aspects of the company's business operations," and Wilmington will "continue to lead worldwide sales with new responsibility for customer services."
- All 3 execs will report to co-founder/CEO Aneel Bhusri. Fellow co-founder Dave Duffield remains chairman.
May 29, 2015, 6:29 PM
- After tumbling on Wednesday in the wake of its FQ1 beat and in-line guidance, Workday (NYSE:WDAY) has continued trending lower. Shares fell 1.5% in regular trading today, hitting their lowest levels since Feb. 2.
- Though no downgrades have arrived, several sell-side firms have suggested tougher competition is hurting growth, with Oracle's (NYSE:ORCL) cloud HR/HCM software the biggest culprit. Jefferies' John DiFucci: "We believe Oracle (and to a lesser degree, SAP) has been behaving irrationally in the market for almost a year ... while it was likely aggressive prior to this, we believe it became even more aggressive doing almost anything to win deals from Workday."
- DiFucci sees a method to Oracle's madness. "This irrational behavior may not be so irrational since a loss to Workday is not only a loss of an HCM opportunity, but also a loss of Oracle infrastructure given Workday’s proprietary infrastructure architecture." However, he admits Oracle/SAP's HCM offerings (though improving) "still trail Workday by a meaningful margin."
- Likewise, Brean's Sarah Hindlian asserts HCM is "becoming incrementally more competitive, with material new pricing pressure from incumbents, while SaaS penetration of the market is maturing." She also thinks Workday's cloud financials software growth is slower than investors were expecting.
- Cowen's Jesse Hulsing is more positive, even if FQ1 billings were lighter than he forecast. "We are ... encouraged by the trend toward larger, blue chip HCM custs (Coca Cola, etc.) and a more bullish tone regarding the financials pipeline. PT to $101 and view the low $80s as attractive entry point, as we expect growth to improve moving forward."
- During Oracle's March FQ3 CC (transcript), Mark Hurd didn't pass up the chance to trash-talk Workday. "In the context of HCM, I think ... we have simply engineered now a better product than Workday ... we now win more than half the deals in the United States. Outside the United States, our win rate goes up actually exponentially because of the breadth of our distribution in those markets." Workday might beg to differ with those claims.
May 27, 2015, 9:18 AM
May 26, 2015, 5:33 PM
- With the company having provided above-consensus guidance more often than not since its IPO, Workday (NYSE:WDAY) has sold off after providing an in-line FQ2 outlook (affected by forex headwinds) to go with an FQ1 beat.
- Also: The cloud HR/financials software leader's unearned revenue balance rose 41% Y/Y in FQ1 to $653.4M, a slower clip than FQ3's 53% and trailing revenue growth of 57%. Subscription revenue rose 63% Y/Y to $201M, and professional services 38% to $50M.
- Financials: GAAP costs/expenses rose 44% Y/Y to $304.4M - sales/marketing spend totaled $94.9M, R&D $99.3M, G&A $32.2M, and cost of services $77.8M. Workday ended FQ1 with $1.9B in cash/marketable securities, and $496M in convertible debt. Free cash flow for the trailing 12 months is $50.4M.
- Shares have fallen to $85.12 AH.
- FQ1 results, PR
May 26, 2015, 4:05 PM
- Workday (NYSE:WDAY): FQ1 EPS of -$0.02 beats by $0.06.
- Revenue of $251.0M (+57.1% Y/Y) beats by $6M.
- Expects FQ2 revenue of $270M-$274M (+45%-47% Y/Y) vs. a $272.4M consensus.
- Shares -5.7% AH.
May 25, 2015, 5:35 PM
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, 3:02 PM
- After following markets lower most of today, enterprise cloud software vendors have jumped thanks to a Bloomberg report stating cloud CRM software giant Salesforce ($51B market cap) has been approached by a potential buyer, and is working with bankers to field offers.
- Gainers include Workday (WDAY +6%), ServiceNow (NOW +4.3%), NetSuite (N +4.3%), Marketo (MKTO +2.7%), Zendesk (ZEN +1.2%), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD +1.6%), Castlight (CSLT +2.4%), and Jive Software (JIVE +1.5%).
- Though the cloud software market has seen plenty of M&A activity, a Salesforce deal would easily be its largest. Workday ($17.5B market cap) is the second-largest enterprise cloud pure-play. ServiceNow ($11.6B) is #3.
Apr. 16, 2015, 4:32 PM
- Cloud IT service desk software leader ServiceNow beat Q1 estimates in spite of major forex headwinds, but also offered light Q2 and (to a lesser extent) full-year sales guidance, and forecast a slight Q/Q billings decline.
- Cloud CRM software leader Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) is down 1.1% AH to $67.20, and cloud HR/financials software leader Workday (NYSE:WDAY) is down 2.8% to $87.25. Both companies are expected to report next month.
Mar. 4, 2015, 3:01 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include Chinese online classifieds leader 58.com (WUBA +5.9%), CDN owner Limelight (LLNW +6.5%), account-protection software provider CyberArk (CYBR +3.2%), flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM +3.8%), online video ad platform Tremor Video (TRMR +4%), and Chinese mobile game publisher Sky-mobi (MOBI +11.9%).
- Notable decliners include cloud HR/financials software leader Workday (WDAY -5.8%), systems management software vendor SolarWinds (SWI -3.8%), chip packaging IP firm Tessera (TSRA -4.3%), security hardware/software provider KEYW Holding (KEYW -3.7%), and Chinese online real estate play E-House (EJ -4%). The Nasdaq is down 0.2%.
- Sky-mobi has flown higher since Rosenblatt Securities pounded the table for the company last week. Workday has fallen sharply since last week's FQ4 revenue beat. E-House has gradually declined this week since 58.com announced the purchase of Chinese real estate site Anjuke.
- Previously covered: Neustar, AeroVironment, Alibaba, SanDisk, Autohome/Bitauto, ReneSola, Trina, Ambarella/GoPro, Bazaarvoice, Veeva
Feb. 27, 2015, 2:59 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include IP licensing firm VirnetX (VHC +8.1%), ultracapacitor maker Maxwell (MXWL +4.7%), local services marketplace Angie's List (ANGI +5.9%), voice processor developer Audience (ADNC +5.4%), Ethernet/Wi-Fi hardware maker Extreme Networks (EXTR +3.5%), Chinese polysilicon vendor Daqo (DQ +8.3%), Chinese mobile game published Sky-mobi (MOBI +9.8%), professional video hardware/software maker Avid (AVID +5.2%), and optical component vendors NeoPhotonics (NPTN +11%) and Oclaro (OCLR +5.2%).
- Notable decliners include cloud HR/financials software leader Workday (WDAY -3.5%), cloud IT service desk software leader ServiceNow (NOW -3.7%), industrial laser maker IPG Photonics (IPGP -3.1%), FPGA/mobile sensor hub maker QuickLogic (QUIK -4.5%), and NAND controller/4G transceiver vendor Silicon Motion (SIMO -4%). The Nasdaq is down 0.5%.
- Initially up post-earnings, Workday is now down 9% since beating FQ4 revenue estimates and offering in-line FY16 revenue guidance on Wednesday afternoon. Heavily-shorted VirnetX is up 33% since announcing on Feb. 18 the USPTO had denied five Apple patent review petitions. Maxwell (also heavily shorted) is up 17% since an insider buy was disclosed a week ago. Sky-mobi is up 20% since Rosenblatt Securities provided bullish coverage yesterday.
- Previously covered: Chinese Web/mobile stocks, SanDisk, Autobytel, DigitalGlobe, GoPro, Immersion, MoSys, Resonant, Infoblox, Aruba, UniPixel, Autodesk, Universal Display, TubeMogul, Nimble Storage
Feb. 25, 2015, 5:09 PM
- In addition to beating FQ4 revenue estimates (while posting in-line EPS), Workday (NYSE:WDAY) is guiding for FQ1 revenue of $242M-$245M, above a $239.5M consensus. With forex a headwind and the company prone to guiding conservatively, FY16 (ends Jan. '16) guidance is for revenue of $1.115B-$1.14B (+42%-45% Y/Y) vs. a $1.13B consensus.
- The cloud HR/financials software vendor's unearned revenue balance rose 53% Y/Y in FQ4 to $632.7M. That helped it post free cash flow of $10.6M in spite of an $11.5M net loss.
- Subscription revenue rose 64% Y/Y to $181.9M, and professional services revenue 42% to $44.4M. GAAP costs/expenses rose 46% Y/Y to $276.7M - sales/marketing spend totaled $88.5M, and R&D $89M.
- WDAY +1.9% AH to $95.75. Fellow cloud software giant Salesforce is soaring following its FQ4 report.
- FQ4 results, PR
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