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August 21, 2014
13:45 EDTCRM Earnings Preview: Analysts positive on Salesforce.com ahead of Q2 earnings
Salesforce.com (CRM) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce.com is a provider of enterprise cloud computer and social enterprise solutions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 12c on revenue of $1.29B. The consensus range is 11c-13c for EPS, and $1.28B-$1.30B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Salesforce.com reported first quarter EPS of 11c against estimates of 10c on revenue of $1.23B against estimates of $1.21B. Looking ahead, the company gave Q2 adjusted EPS guidance of 11c-12c and Q2 revenue of $1.29B. It also raised its full year 2015 EPS guidance to 49c-51c from 48c-50c, expecting 125bps-150bps of operating margin improvement during the year. Second quarter operating flow should grow approximately 10% year-over-year and FY15 operating cash flow should grow in the mid-20%. NEWS: Salesforce.com announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to create new solutions that connect the company's customer relationship management apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Salesforce.com also announced a strategic alliances with Philips (PHG) and Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGY) customer unit T-Systems. In July, Salesforce.com agreed to acquire a relationship intelligence platform RelateIQ. The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 and not expected to have an impact on the company's guidance for revenue or non-GAAP EPS in FY15. STREET RESEARCH: UBS analysts said Salesforce.com remains one of its top large cap growth ideas, with international expansion opportunities and local data centers could open up pent-up demand and further accelerate growth. Ahead of the Q2 earnings, Pacific Crest believes the company's weakness is a buying opportunity after checks indicate transaction volumes are good enough to provide an uptick. BofA/Merrill analysts also recommends investors buy Salesforce.com heading into the second half given expectations for respectable billings and accelerating income growth. Oppenheimer expects the company to report good Q2 results with Q3 and second half of FY14 targets to exceed 25%. UBS, however, said Q2 results are expected to be uneventful although it sees a solid second half of the year. The firm cited its foundation for continued 20%+ revenue growth into next year with product extensions and increasing investments in Europe. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce.com shares have gained more than 4.4% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Thursday afternoon trading ahead of the Q2 report, Salesforce.com shares are trading near the flat line at $55.38.
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August 20, 2015
18:44 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO says will be fourth largest software company by next year
Says continues to sign record number of large deals with key customers. Says has clear trajectory to $10B in revenue and expects to go through that as well. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:00 EDTCRMSalesforce says Q2 'best quarter ever' for company
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16:43 EDTCRMSalesforce reports Q2 subscription and support revenues $1.52B
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16:42 EDTCRMSalesforce reports deferred revenue on balance sheet of $3.03B as of July 31
Deferred revenue on the balance sheet as of July 31 was $3.03B, an increase of 29% year-over-year, and 33% in constant currency. Unbilled deferred revenue, representing business that is contracted but unbilled and off balance sheet, ended the quarter at approximately $6.2B, up 24% year-over-year.
16:26 EDTCRMSalesforce up 3.5% to $70.20 after raising FY16 outlook
16:10 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO says on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year
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16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce sees FY16 operating cash flow growth approximately 24%-25% YoY
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce raises FY16 adjusted EPS view to 70c-72c from 69c-71c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce sees Q3 adjusted EPS 18c-19c, consensus 18c
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16:05 EDTCRMSalesforce reports Q2 adjusted EPS 19c, consensus 18c
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15:41 EDTCRMSalesforce August 69 straddle priced for 8.1% movement into Q2
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14:42 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:17 EDTCRMSalesforce technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:32 EDTCRMEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up fractionally since last earnings report
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09:25 EDTCRMSalesforce August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Salesforce August call option implied volatility is at 116, September is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 59, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today.
August 19, 2015
08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
After conducting checks, Oppenheimer is more confident in Salesforce's business momentum. The firm thinks the company's business performed well at the end of Q2, as it closed a large number of big deals. Oppenheimer is upbeat on the outlook for Wave and says that a Fortune 500 company appears to be planning to increase its spending on the Salesforce1 platform. The firm says that the Fortune 500 company's decision has multiple positive implications for Salesforce. It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:31 EDTCRMSalesforce commercial business momentum moderating, says Jefferies
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August 18, 2015
10:58 EDTCRMSalesforce August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Salesforce August call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 59, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 20.
08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce dip post earnings should be bought, says Canaccord
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August 17, 2015
09:14 EDTCRMSalesforce checks decent heading into Q2 results, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said checks look decent for Salesforce.com heading into Q2 results. The firm expects difficult foreign exchange and macro headwinds but sees ongoing demand for Service Cloud with some large deals closing during the quarter. Brean Capital expects the shares to continue to perform well in the second half of the year and reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Salesforce.com shares.
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