Salesforce Reports Impressive Fourth Quarter Earnings Alongside Positive Guidance

Salesforce’s fourth-quarter earnings beat the expectations of analysts. After reporting its results on Tuesday, the cloud-based software company’s stock soared more than 3 percent in extended trading.

Salesforce reported earnings of 84 cents per share, adjusted, compared to the expectation of 74 cents that analysts had, according to Refinitiv. Revenue for the quarter was $7.33 billion, surpassing the $7.24 billion that analysts had projected for the quarter, according to Refinitiv.

According to its statement, the company saw revenue increase 26 percent for the quarter which ended on the 31st of January.

For guidance, the company expects revenue to come in between $7.37 billion and $7.38 billion. According to a Refinitiv poll by analysts, revenue is expected to come in at $7.26 billion for the current quarter. The company also updated its guidance for the 2023 fiscal year. It now expects revenue of $32.1 billion from an earlier stance of $32 billion. Analysts projected $31.78 billion in revenue for the 2023 fiscal year.

The company’s fourth-quarter also had other highlights. Bret Taylor, who joined Salesforce in 2016 through Salesforce acquisition of software startup Quip, was promoted to co-CEO alongside Marc Benioff. He formerly held the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to the after-hours move, the company has dropped 15% so far this year, underperforming the S&P 500, which is down about 10%. Co-CEO Marc Benioff said that enterprise software stocks have experienced a “precipitous fall” while on an earnings call. “We’ve seen it happen many times over the last 20, 30 years. It’s not unprecedented, but it does happen”, he said.

On Tuesday, the company also mentioned that it is focusing on integrating its products with Slack. Back in 2020, Salesforce purchased Slack, a business chat app, for $27.7 billion. It added that it expects $1.5 billion in sales from Slack in its fiscal 2023.

The company has no plans on any (big) acquisition and will be placing all of its focus on Slack, it said.

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