Tue, Aug. 25, 9:37 AM
- "We are now into the foothills of the revenue and margin reacceleration which should gain momentum going forward," writes Baird's Steven Ashley, upgrading Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) to Outperform while maintaining an $85 target.
- Much like RBC's Ross MacMillan, Ashley is optimistic about the ability of Creative Cloud to expand Adobe's addressable market. "The Adobe business model transition not only enhances customer lifetime value, it also expands the market by attracting new paying-customers, and perhaps most importantly is transformational from a customer point of view."
- He adds Adobe's Creative Cloud mobile apps "incentivize legacy CS6/CS5 customers to adopt CC," as well as bring more content to the cloud, bring in new customers, and boost renewal rates. ARPU (recently pressured by subscription discounts) is expected to bottom soon, before rising over the next 18 months.
- Shares are up strongly as the Nasdaq posts a 2.9% gain.
Tue, Aug. 11, 1:13 PM
- Believing growth will be better than expected and spending lower than expected, RBC's Ross MacMillan has upgraded Adobe (ADBE -0.2%) to Outperform, and hiked his target by $17 to $105.
- MacMillan thinks Adobe still has the potential to convert 3.6M-3.8M Creative Suite 6 users to Creative Cloud - the Creative Cloud base stood at 4.61M at the end of the May quarter. He also forecasts FY16 (ends Nov. '16) and FY17 opex growth will only be in the 7%-8% range (below Street estimates), and that Adobe Stock (stock photos, appears to be taking a toll on Shutterstock) and other new services will drive ARPU growth.
- He adds a survey of creative pros indicated 25% of those not yet using Creative Cloud plan to adopt it, with 60% planning to do so in the next 12 months. "We think ADBE is set to move from the mid stage of its model transition to the late stage, where revenue, EPS and [op. cash flow] accelerate. While metrics such as sub adds and [annualized recurring revenue] will remain relevant, we think investor focus will shift to accelerating fundamentals in the income statement..."
- Adobe is nearly flat, but that's more than can be said for many tech names on day the Nasdaq is down 1.5%.
Mon, Jul. 20, 11:01 AM
- Abhay Parasnis, most recently the COO enterprise mobile software vendor Kony and before that an exec at Microsoft, i2, Oracle, and IBM, has been named Adobe's (ADBE -0.4%) CTO and SVP of platform technology and services.
- Parasnis will "drive Adobe's technology strategy, architecture and innovation roadmap for its cloud services, focusing on integration of its three cloud services; providing a consistent customer experience via the cloud; and enabling the companys cloud-based go-to-market strategies." Adobe has been aggressively working to migrate on-premise software licensees to subscriptions featuring both on-premise and cloud apps.
Fri, Jul. 10, 6:27 PM
- Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) engineers and MIT computer scientists have developed Helium, a system that quickly replaces code written for older hardware with re-optimized code meant for newer hardware. MIT prof. Saman Amarsinghe: "We've found that Helium can make updates in one day that would take human engineers upwards of three months."
- Helium works by taking computational kernels from older binary code, lifting the original algorithms - something historically considered very difficult to do - and restructuring them as high-level representations that can be read in the image processing-focused Halide programming language. (research paper - .pdf)
- By doing so and subsequently re-optimizing the code, Helium is said to improve the performance of some Photoshop filters by 75%. The boost for less optimized programs such as Microsoft's IrfanView image editor is estimated to be 400%-500%.
- The advance could be of particular value for Adobe, given the age of many of its products. Photoshop was first released 25 year ago.
Tue, Jun. 16, 4:34 PM
- With a strong dollar and the rapid shift towards subscription sales from up-front license payments weighing, Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) has guided (.pdf) for FQ3 revenue of $1.175B-$1.225B and EPS of $0.45-$0.51, below a consensus of $1.25B and $0.54. Likewise, FY15 (ends Nov. '15) guidance is for revenue of $4.845B and EPS of $2.05, below a consensus of $4.88B and $2.08.
- 639K Creative Cloud subs were added in FQ2, +38% Y/Y and bringing the base to 4.61M. Creative annualized recurring revenue (ARR) rose 13% Q/Q to $2.02B.
- Segment/geographic data: Digital Media (Creative Cloud/Acrobat) revenue +8% Y/Y to $747.5M. Digital Marketing (Marketing Cloud/LiveCycle) +10% to $366.5M. Print/publishing +4% to $48.2M. The Americas accounted for 58% of revenue, EMEA 28%, and Asia-Pac 14%.
- Other data: Document Cloud ARR, boosted by the March launch of the $15/month Document Cloud service, rose 11% Q/Q to $329M. Marketing Cloud (ad tech) revenue rose 15%, and the platform's bookings are still expected to rise 30% in FY15. Subscription growth led the deferred revenue balance to rise 32% Y/Y to $1.23B. Subscriptions now make up 66% of revenue.
- Financials: Operating expenses (non-GAAP) fell by $1.2M Y/Y to $684.9M. On a GAAP basis, R&D spend totaled $208M, sales/marketing $427M, and G&A $130.2M. $200M was spent to buy back 2.6M shares. Adobe ended FQ2 with $3.4B in cash/short-term investments, and $1.9B in debt.
- ADBE -1% AH to $79.15.
- FQ2 results, PR, prepared remarks/slides (.pdf), datasheet (.pdf)
Tue, Jun. 16, 4:04 PM
Tue, Jun. 16, 11:02 AM
- Ahead of this afternoon's FQ2 report, Adobe (ADBE +0.6%) has announced its 2015 refresh for its mainstay Creative Cloud platform. The highlight is the launch of Adobe Stock, a stock photo service that's based on recently-acquired Fotolia, features 40M+ images, and is tightly integrated with various CC apps.
- Adobe's aggressive and flexible pricing options for Stock, which targets a $3B/year stock photo market, have drawn attention: CC subs can pay $10 for 1 image, $30/month for 10 monthly images (unused images get rolled over), and $199/month for 750 images. Stock photo rival Shutterstock (NYSE:SSTK) is selling off, much as it did when the Fotolia acquisition was announced.
- Updates for existing CC apps include: 1) The introduction of Illustrator's Artboards feature (lets users simultaneously work on multiple versions of an image) to Photoshop. 2) A fog/haze-removal tool for Photoshop and Lightroom. 3) The introduction of Adobe's Character Animator tool (animates 2D illustrations) to After Effects. 4) Major performance improvements for Illustrator.
- Meanwhile, Adobe has brought 4 of its iOS apps - Photoshop Mix, Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC - to Android. Two new iOS apps are also launching: Preview CC, a mobile app/Web design preview app, and Hue CC, a lighting/color scheme capture app for video projects.
- Two months ago: Adobe shows off new video tools, gets good Document Cloud reviews
Mon, Jun. 15, 5:35 PM
Tue, Jun. 2, 7:07 PM
- Mixamo provides tools for creating and modifying 3D characters, as well as creating related animations. It also offers pre-built 3D characters for use by designers. Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) has bought the company for an undisclosed sum.
- Adobe states Mixamo's technology will be integrated with Photoshop CC to "empower designers to create, customize, manipulate, rig and animate 3D content, as well as to take advantage of tens of thousands of high quality, turnkey 3D models."
- The company adds 3D scanners and more powerful computing hardware have boosted interest in 3D content creation, and suggests the inclusion of Mixamo's tools within Photoshop will make 3D more accessible for graphic designers.
- Previously: Adobe shows off new video tools, gets good Document Cloud reviews
Fri, Apr. 10, 7:35 PM
- Ahead of next week's NAB broadcast industry conference, Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) has previewed several new video tools for its mainstay Creative Cloud platform. The media software giant has also unveiled Web video enhancements to its Primetime TV distribution platform.
- Among the new video tools: 1) Project Candy, an app that lets users capture "production-quality" lighting and color palettes, and use them with Adobe's Premiere video editing software. 2) Character Animator, a tool that uses physics and face-tracking algorithms to animate 2D illustrations. 3) Premiere tools that take out unwanted pauses and jump cuts, and automatically shrink/stretch a video's duration without artifacts. 4) New facial mask and voiceover tools for Adobe's After Effects special effects software.
- The previews follow the launch of two more free iPad apps (aimed at growing Adobe's user base/mindshare): Slate, which lets users create "stories" using their pictures and interspersed text, and Comp CC, an app for creating Web, mobile, and print design layouts.
- Meanwhile, Adobe has received good reviews for its $15/month Document Cloud service and the revamped version of Acrobat (Acrobat DC) that underpins it. The Next Web likes DC's revamped/touch-friendly UI and ability to quickly convert scanned docs. PC World views Document Cloud's electronic signature integration as a killer app.
Wed, Mar. 18, 9:12 AM
Tue, Mar. 17, 5:38 PM
Tue, Mar. 17, 4:54 PM
- Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) added 517K Creative Cloud subs in FQ1, 28% more than a year ago and bringing the total base to 3.97M. The company had only guided for CC net adds to drop Q/Q from FQ4's 644K (due to seasonality).
- FQ2 guidance is light: Revenue of $1.125B-$1.175B and EPS of $0.41-$0.47, below a consensus of $1.18B and $0.48. Many enterprise tech firms have been dealing with intense forex pressures. CC net adds are still expected to grow Q/Q each of the next 3 quarters.
- Digital Media revenue rose 10% Y/Y to $702.8M; Creative ARR grew by $180M Q/Q to $1.79B, and Document Services (Acrobat/EchoSign) ARR by $37M to $297M ahead of the Document Cloud launch. Marketing Cloud (ad tech) revenue remain strong, rising 17% to $311.5M. LiveCycle/conferencing revenue fell 4% to $45.7M.
- $174M was spent to buy back 2.4M shares. GAAP operating expenses fell 1% Y/Y to $392.7M due to lower sales/marketing spend. Thanks to subscription growth, the deferred revenue balance rose 34% Y/Y to $1.18B.
- Adobe has dropped to $76.50 AH. With shares having gone into earnings near a high of $80.30, expectations were high.
- FQ1 results, PR, datasheet (.pdf), presentation (.pdf)
Tue, Mar. 17, 4:06 PM
Tue, Mar. 17, 10:15 AM
- Much like the very successful Creative Cloud, Adobe's (ADBE +0.5%) Document Cloud aims to convert users of a widely-used on-premise software solution - in this case, Acrobat - into subscribers of a solution that combines on-premise apps with cloud software and value-added services.
- Central to the offering is Acrobat DC, an overhauled version of Adobe's ubiquitous document-viewing software that's optimized for touch displays, contains a Tool Center for accessing frequently-used tools, and (using imaging tech ported from Photoshop) delivers improved document scanning.
- Other Document Cloud features include free and improved document e-signing, better image-scanning, a solution for automatically moving files, signatures, and settings across devices (Mobile Link), and new mobile apps that aim to deliver PC-like functionality to subscribers.
- The e-signing features stem from Adobe's EchoSign electronic signature software unit, and take aim at successful rival DocuSign. Adobe argues Acrobat integration and the company's PDF expertise give it an edge over DocuSign.
- The launch comes ahead of this afternoon's FQ1 report, and follows an overhaul of Adobe's Marketing Cloud online ad software platform that includes a new algorithmic engine and data analysis tools. Adobe's Document Services revenue fell 1% Y/Y in FQ4 to $197.1M.
Mon, Mar. 16, 5:35 PM
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