Jul. 30, 2014, 3:58 PM
- Ultimate Software (ULTI +7.4%) beat Q2 estimates on the back of a 26% Y/Y increase in recurring revenue (84% of total revenue). The cloud HR software vendor also disclosed on its CC (transcript) it added three new enterprise clients with 10K or more employees; the largest has 40K.
- Full-year guidance for 23% revenue growth (25% recurring growth) has been reiterated. Q3 guidance for revenue of $127M is roughly in-line with a $127.3M consensus.
- A number of cloud software peers have also rallied. Cloud HR/talent management peers Workday (WDAY +6.5%) and Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD +5.1%) are among the biggest gainers, but others are also doing quite well. CRM +2.7%. NOW +4.7%. LPSN +5.3%. MKTO +4.1%. CNQR +4.8%. JIVE +3.6%. N +4.2%.
Jul. 24, 2014, 6:54 PM
- NetSuite (NYSE:N) guides on its Q2 CC for 2014 revenue of $545M-$550M and EPS of $0.24-$0.26; the former is above a $544.2M consensus, while the latter is below a $0.27 consensus. Q3 EPS is expected to be in a range of $0.03-$0.04, below an $0.08 consensus.
- Subscription/support revenue rose 32% Y/Y to $105.8M, professional services/other revenue rose 25% to $25.9M. The deferred revenue balance rose 39% Y/Y to $252.2M.
- Shares +0.9% AH. Q2 results, PR.
Jul. 24, 2014, 4:12 PM
Jul. 23, 2014, 5:35 PM
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Jul. 17, 2014, 11:28 AM
- U.K.-based Venda offers a cloud-based platform for handling online, mobile, and social e-commerce interactions, as well as managing in-store marketing and order fulfillment/logistics. Its customers include British retailers such as Tesco F&F Clothing, Boohoo.com, and Laura Ashley.
- NetSuite (N -1.3%), which already offers a multi-channel e-commerce software platform (SuiteCommerce, has seen strong growth over the last 2 years), says the purchase will improve SuiteCommerce's feature set and help the company expand in Europe. Deal terms are undisclosed for now.
- CEO Zach Nelson: "By combining Venda's deep customer insight and years of experience delivering a real-time, scalable commerce platform with NetSuite's cloud leadership, we can bring new capabilities to B2B and B2C companies of all sizes and transform how they run their businesses."
- The purchase heightens NetSuite's competitive challenge to Demandware (DWRE -1.5%), which receives a large chunk of its sales from European online merchants. SAP (via its hybris unit), IBM, and Oracle are also looking to provide multi-channel commerce platforms, and thus take advantage of the growing IT spending power of CMOs.
- More details will be given following NetSuite's July 24 Q2 report.
Apr. 28, 2014, 5:48 PM
- NetSuite (N) guides on its CC for 2014 revenue of $540M-$545M, up from a prior $535M-$540M and above a $539.8M consensus.
- Q1 billings growth was 33% vs. 35% in Q4, and boosted by a 90% Y/Y increase in ASP and a doubling of $200K+ deals. NetSuite, historically focused on the mid-market, has been ramping its efforts to sell its cloud ERP, CRM, and e-commerce offerings to larger enterprises.
- Shares +2.9% AH.
- Q1 results, details
Apr. 28, 2014, 5:44 PM
Apr. 28, 2014, 4:28 PM
Apr. 28, 2014, 4:27 PM
- NetSuite (N) ended Q1 with a deferred revenue balance of $237.5M, +6% Q/Q and +38% Y/Y. The latter figure exceeded total revenue growth of 34%.
- Subscription/support revenue rose 34% Y/Y to $99.4M, and professional services/other revenue 33% to $23.6M. Total growth was down modestly from Q4's 35%.
- Like Salesforce, Workday, and many other peers, NetSuite continues to spend aggressively: Sales/marketing spend rose 36% Y/Y to $63.7M, and R&D 45% to $24.2M.
- Q1 results, PR
Apr. 27, 2014, 5:35 PM
Apr. 17, 2014, 12:01 PM
- IBM soundly missed revenue estimates for yet another quarter, thanks in large part to a 23% Y/Y drop in hardware/chip sales, and also reported a $3B Y/Y drop for its services backlog. SAP missed Q1 estimates due to a mixture of forex pressure and light software license revenue.
- Microsoft (MSFT -1.4%), whose enterprise software ops compete against both IBM (middleware, databases, developer tools) and SAP (ERP/CRM apps, databases), is trading lower. As is IBM archrival H-P (HPQ -2.6%).
- A few enterprise cloud software vendors, some of whom compete against SAP, are also off: JIVE -3.5%. N -2%. VEEV -1.9%. MKTO -2.2%.
Apr. 8, 2014, 6:27 PM
- SAP's Business Suite, which includes the software giant's mainstay ERP apps, will soon be available via cloud subscriptions. The apps will be offered through SAP's Hana Cloud platform (launched last year), which already runs a slew of SAP and 3rd-party apps on top of the company's Hana in-memory database.
- In addition to ERP apps, Business Suite features CRM and supply-chain management apps. Whereas many enterprises have embraced cloud CRM solutions, they've generally preferred to keep mission-critical ERP apps onsite.
- Nonetheless, NetSuite (N) has had some success selling its cloud ERP solution to mid-sized businesses, and Workday (WDAY) has reeled in enterprise buyers for its cloud financials software (different from an end-to-end ERP suite). SAP's move presents the companies with fresh competition, but could also serve to validate the broader market.
- Aided by the Ariba acquisition, SAP's cloud subscription/support revenue rose 121% in 2013 to €758M; all other software sales rose only 3% to €4.52B. The company is aiming for €3B-€3.5B in total 2017 cloud-related revenue.
Apr. 3, 2014, 3:57 PM
- Today's rout in tech momentum names (the latest in a string) has been especially harsh on enterprise cloud software, security, and big data/analytics plays.
- Major cloud software decliners: NOW -11%. WDAY -9.6%. N -6.5%. CNQR -7.2%. SAAS -6.3%. TXTR -6.3%. ULTI -5.5%. DWRE -8%. MKTO -6.2%. CSLT -9%. RALY -7.2%.
- Salesforce (CRM -4.1%) is following the group lower after announcing plans to offer industry-specific cloud software solutions. Pac Crest thinks Salesforce's top-line will benefit, but is cutting its EPS estimates on margin concerns.
- Security decliners: FEYE -10.3%. PANW -8.2%. KEYW -5.7%.
- Big data/analytics decliners: DATA -7.4%. SPLK -6.9%. QLIK -4.1%. Splunk's selloff comes in spite of a two-notch CLSA upgrade to Outperform.
Jan. 30, 2014, 7:04 PM
- Broadcom (BRCM) expects Q1 revenue of $1.9B-$2B vs. a $1.97B consensus. Gross margin is expected to drop 50-100 bps Q/Q. Shares +2.2% AH; expectations were depressed following Apple and Samsung's earnings/guidance. (Q4 results, PR)
- NetSuite (N) expects Q1 revenue of $119M-$121M and EPS of $0.01-$0.02 vs. a consensus of $119.7M and $0.06. The company expects 2014 revenue of $535M-$540M and EPS of $0.24-$0.26 vs. a consensus of $532.9M and $0.28. Shares +2.5% AH. (Q4 results, PR)
- Computer Sciences (CSC) now expects FY14 (ends in March) EPS from continuing ops of $3.80-$3.90, above prior guidance of $3.50-$3.70 and a $3.68 consensus. Shares +1.5% AH. (FQ3 results, PR)
- Microchip (MCHP) expects FQ4 revenue of $482.4M-$496.8M and EPS of $0.59-$0.63 vs. a consensus of $488.4M and $0.62. Shares -4.1% AH. (FQ3 results, PR)
Jan. 30, 2014, 4:20 PM
Jan. 30, 2014, 1:16 PM
- Much as consumer Web plays are rising in sympathy with Facebook, enterprise cloud software names are sharply higher after cloud IT service desk software leader ServiceNow (NOW +14.3%) beat Q4 revenue estimates, provided very strong guidance, and reported its deferred revenue/backlog balance rose 59% Y/Y.
- Salesforce (CRM +5.5%), Workday (WDAY +5.4%), NetSuite (N +6.2%), Textura (TXTR +9.8%), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD +3.6%), Jive Software (JIVE +3.4%), Ultimate Software (ULTI +3.4%), InContact (SAAS +3.9%), Tangoe (TNGO +3.7%), and LivePerson (LPSN +5.4%) are among the winners.
- Baird has upgraded ServiceNow to Outperform, and several other firms have upped their PTs. Raymond James (Strong Buy) praises ServiceNow's efforts to expand into complementary markets such as HR automation, grow both its packaged and custom app sales, and to keep taking share from on-premise IT service desk vendors such as CA, BMC Software, H-P, and IBM.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Frank Slootman mentioned ServiceNow's installed base has grown to 2,060 accounts and 400 global 2000 customers. That's up from 1,900 and 360 three months earlier.
- He added 80% of customers are now deploying custom apps, and that 20% of the annual contract value recorded in Q4 involved products other than tradition IT service desk licensing.
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