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Oct. 22, 2014, 1:22 PM
- Enterprise software vendors are having a rough day after VMware (VMW -5.6%) provided light Q4 guidance to go with a Q3 beat.
- On its CC (transcript), VMware also reported its bookings fell Q/Q in Q3. They were hurt by Russian and German softness, and a failure to close a major enterprise license agreement (ELA) with a federal client. ELAs made up 29% of Q3 bookings, down from 37% in Q2.
- Rivals Oracle (ORCL -1.5%), Red Hat (RHT -3.3%), and Citrix (CTXS -1.5%) are among the decliners, as are Splunk (SPLK -4.7%), Tableau (DATA -2.8%), Qlik (QLIK -2.5%), and MicroStrategy (MSTR -0.9%). Oracle provided light guidance last month.
- Several enterprise cloud software stocks are also selling off: N -2.5%. VEEV -2.9%. ZEN -4.2%. CSOD -2.3%. SAAS -3.2%. NOW -1.7%.
- Nomura and Raymond James have downgraded VMware. Nomura thinks 2015 guidance (expected in January) will also be light, and believes slow vSphere server virtualization growth (affected by competition and high penetration rates) will remain a headwind, given it's still over half of VMware's business. "Growth has to come from the vCloud Suite ... other newer products are just too small still to matter."
- Some of those "other newer products" are doing well: VMware's end-user computing license bookings (boosted by the AirWatch acquisition) rose over 60% Y/Y in Q3, and its much-hyped NSX software-defined networking platform now has 250+ paying customers (up from just 100 a few months ago).
- A slew of enterprise tech names sold off on Monday in response to IBM's Q3 report. Big Blue's software sales fell 2% Y/Y in Q3, after rising 1% in Q2. CA, Citrix, and ServiceNow report after the bell.
Oct. 3, 2014, 2:40 PM
- With industry M&A speculation refusing to let up, e-commerce software vendor Demandware (DWRE +16.5%) and cloud customer support software vendor Zendesk (ZEN +15.6%) are posting double-digit gains amid a market rally. NetSuite (N +5.5%), Constant Contact (CTCT +5.3%), and ServiceNow (NOW +4.2%) are also doing well.
- Cloud software stocks rallied in September after SAP struck an $8.3B deal to buy Concur. Earlier this week, Oracle suggested it's looking to make fresh software acquisitions of its own.
- NetSuite maintains close ties to Oracle; Larry Ellison is by far the company's largest shareholder. SAP bought Demandware/NetSuite rival hybris last year.
- Meanwhile, Salesforce (CRM +3%) is getting a lift from SocGen and Sterne Agee, each of whom have launched coverage with Buy ratings. Earlier today, Salesforce unveiled a version of its Desk.com low-end cloud customer support platform that's aimed at retail SMBs.
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.
Aug. 28, 2014, 2:45 PM
- Workday (WDAY -4.7%) has received several target hikes after beating FQ2 estimates and upping its FY15 (ends Jan. '15) guidance. But there have also been some cautious notes focused on cloud HR/financial software giant's valuation.
- Citi observes Workday trades at 15x 2015E sales, and says it has trouble seeing upside catalysts at current levels. Goldman points out Workday is trading at 11x estimated enterprise value/billings even if its upside scenario plays out.
- Cantor (target raised to $121) sees several reasons to be bullish. Among them: The ramp of Workday's recently-launched recruiting product; the pending launch of Workday Student; an enterprise software upgrade cycle; strong international growth (echoes of Salesforce); and expected announcements at the November Workday Rising conference.
- Wedbush (target raised to $106) expects new big data/analytics products to be shown off at the conference. It also sees room for a fresh guidance hike in 3 months, though it thinks it might be smaller than yesterday's hike.
- Workday used its CC (transcript) to hike its FY15 billings guidance by $50M to $940M-$960M (above revenue guidance of $760M-$770M). FQ3 billings guidance is at $225M-$230M (above revenue guidance of $200M-$205M).
- Salesforce (CRM -2%) and several other cloud software names are following Workday lower. CSOD -3.3%. MKTO -3.3%. DWRE -2.2%. JIVE -1.6%. N -1.4%.
Aug. 6, 2014, 5:30 PM
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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
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