Bentley (BSY) To Report Earnings Tomorrow: Here Is What To Expect

Jabin Bastian /
2023/05/08 4:20 am EDT

Infrastructure design software provider Bentley Systems (NASDAQ:BSY) will be announcing earnings results tomorrow before market open. Here's what to look for.

Last quarter Bentley reported revenues of $286.9 million, up 7.18% year on year, beating analyst revenue expectations by 2.17%. It was a solid quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin and a decent beat of analyst estimates.

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This quarter analysts are expecting Bentley's revenue to grow 8.4% year on year to $298.7 million, slowing down from the 24.1% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Adjusted earnings are expected to come in at $0.21 per share.

Bentley Total Revenue

Majority of analysts covering the company have reconfirmed their estimates over the last thirty days, suggesting they are expecting the business to stay the course heading into the earnings. The company missed Wall St's revenue estimates twice over the last two years.

Looking at Bentley's peers in the software as a service segment, some of them have already reported Q1 earnings results, giving us a hint of what we can expect. Manhattan Associates delivered top-line growth of 23.5% year on year, beating analyst estimates by 10.2% and Shopify reported revenues up 25.3% year on year, exceeding estimates by 5.06%. Manhattan Associates traded flat on the results, Shopify was up 21.2%. Read our full analysis of Manhattan Associates's results here and Shopify's results here.

There is still much uncertainty in the markets. The Federal Reserve's hawkish stance on rates, meant to tame inflation, remains a key market narrative. There is an added wrinkle now with troubles in the banking sector, triggered by Silicon Valley Bank's fairly sudden and surprising collapse. Given these, the question is whether higher rates (which dampen economic activity) and potentially less lending from the overall banking sector will trigger a recession. While some tech stocks have recovered year-to-date, most are still well off their 52-week highs. Bentley is up 1.4% over the last month, and is heading into the earnings with analyst price target of $46.8, compared to share price of $42.6.

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