Earnings results often give us a good indication of what direction the company will take in the months ahead. With Q2 now behind us, let’s have a look at Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) and its peers.
Companies need to be able to interact with and sell to their customers as efficiently as possible. This reality, coupled with the ongoing migration of enterprises to the cloud drives demand for cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) software that integrate data analytics with sales and marketing functions.
The 5 sales software stocks we track reported a mixed Q2; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 2.44%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 1.12% under consensus. There has been a stampede out of high valuation technology stocks as raising interest encourage investors to value profits over growth again, but sales software stocks held their ground better than others, with share price down 2.08% since the previous earnings results, on average.
Weakest Q2: Salesforce (NYSE:CRM)
Launched in 1999 from a rented one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco by Marc Benioff and his three co-founders, Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) is a software as a service platform that helps companies access, manage and share sales information.
Salesforce reported revenues of $7.72 billion, up 21.7% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a weak quarter for the company, with guidance for both the next quarter and full year missing analysts' expectations.
“We had another strong quarter, with revenue of $7.7B growing 22% year-over-year and 26% in constant currency, showing yet again the durability of our business model,” said Marc Benioff, Salesforce Chair and Co-CEO.
Salesforce delivered the weakest performance against analyst estimates, slowest revenue growth, and weakest full year guidance update of the whole group. The stock is down 15.3% since the results and currently trades at $152.92.
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Best Q2: ZoomInfo (NASDAQ:ZI)
Founded in 2007 as DiscoveryOrg and renamed after a merger in 2019, ZoomInfo (NASDAQ:ZI) is a software as a service product that provides sales departments with access to a database of prospective clients.
ZoomInfo reported revenues of $267.1 million, up 53.5% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 5.3%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with an exceptional revenue growth and a solid beat of analyst estimates.
ZoomInfo achieved the strongest analyst estimates beat, fastest revenue growth, and highest full year guidance raise among its peers. The company added 140 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually to a total of 1,763. The stock is up 12.8% since the results and currently trades at $42.60.
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Started in 2006 by two MIT grad students, HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) is a software as a service platform that helps small and medium-size businesses sell, market themselves, and get found on the internet.
HubSpot reported revenues of $421.7 million, up 35.7% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 3.02%. While the stock was up on the results, it was a weak quarter for the company, with guidance for both the next quarter and full year missing analysts' expectations.
The stock is down 17.9% since the results and currently trades at $291.40.
Read our full analysis of HubSpot's results here.
Founded in 2006 by three Danish friends who got tired of implementing complex old-school solutions, Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) is a software as a service platform that makes it easier for companies to provide help and support to their customers.
Zendesk reported revenues of $407.2 million, up 27.9% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a strong top line growth.
The stock is up 1.87% since the results and currently trades at $76.50.
Zendesk has agreed to be acquired by a group of buyout firms led by Hellman & Friedman and Permira in an all-cash transaction that values Zendesk at approximately $10.2 billion
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Founded in Chennai, India in 2010 with the idea of creating a “fresh” helpdesk product, Freshworks (NASDAQ: FRSH) offers a broad range of software targeted at small and medium sized businesses.
Freshworks reported revenues of $121.4 million, up 37.4% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 2.95%. It was a slower quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
The company added 573 enterprise customers paying more than $5,000 annually to a total of 16,212. The stock is up 8.18% since the results and currently trades at $15.06.
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