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HR Software Stocks Q1 Recap: Benchmarking Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC)


Jabin Bastian /
2022/07/13 4:31 am EDT
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Looking back on HR software stocks' Q1 earnings, we examine this quarter’s best and worst performers, including Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC) and its peers.

HR software benefits from dual trends around costs savings and ease of use. First is the SaaS-ification of businesses, large and small, who much prefer the flexibility of cloud-based, web-browser delivered software paid for on a subscription basis than the hassle and expense of purchasing and managing on-premise enterprise software. Second is the consumerization of business software, whereby multiple standalone processes like payroll processing and compliance are aggregated into a single, easy to use platforms.

The 6 HR software stocks we track reported a decent Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 2.82%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 1.31% above consensus. Tech stocks have had a rocky start in 2022, but HR software stocks held their ground better than others, with share price down 6.26% since earnings, on average.

Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC)

Founded in 1998 as one of the first online payroll companies. Today, Paycom (NYSE:PAYC) provides software for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to manage their payroll and HR needs in one place.

Paycom Software reported revenues of $353.5 million, up 29.8% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 3%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin and a very optimistic guidance for the next quarter.

Paycom Software Total Revenue

The stock is up 3.77% since the results and currently trades at $300.

Read why we think that Paycom Software is one of the best hr software stocks, our full report is free.

Best Q1: Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY)

Founded by payroll software veteran Steve Sarowitz in 1997, Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY) is a provider of payroll and human resources software for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Paylocity reported revenues of $245.9 million, up 32.2% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.79%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin and a solid top line growth.

Paylocity Total Revenue

Paylocity pulled off the fastest revenue growth among its peers. The stock is down 6.83% since the results and currently trades at $176.13.

Is now the time to buy Paylocity? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Weakest Q1: Ceridian (NYSE:CDAY)

Founded in 1992 as an outsourced payroll processor and transformed after the 2012 acquisition of Dayforce, Ceridian (NYSE:CDAY) is a provider of cloud based payroll and HR software targeted at mid-sized businesses.

Ceridian reported revenues of $293.3 million, up 25% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.33%. It was a slower quarter for the company, with a decline in gross margin and decelerating customer growth.

Ceridian had the weakest performance against analyst estimates and weakest full year guidance update in the group. The company added 175 customers to a total of 5,609. The stock is down 20.1% since the results and currently trades at $48.58.

Read our full analysis of Ceridian's results here.

Asure Software (NASDAQ:ASUR)

Created from the merger of two small workforce management companies in 2007, Asure (NASDAQ:ASUR) provides cloud based payroll and HR software for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Asure Software reported revenues of $24.3 million, up 22.8% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 3.26%. It was an ok quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.

The stock is down 9.4% since the results and currently trades at $5.49.

Read our full, actionable report on Asure Software here, it's free.

Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX)

One of the oldest payroll service providers, Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) provides payroll and human resource (HR) solutions.

Paychex reported revenues of $1.14 billion, up 11.1% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 3.34%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a decline in gross margin and a slow revenue growth.

Paychex had the slowest revenue growth among the peers. The stock is down 4.23% since the results and currently trades at $114.75.

Read our full, actionable report on Paychex here, it's free.

The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned