5 Salesforce Analysts Break Down Q1 Beat: 'Executing On Improving Growth And Margins'

5 Salesforce Analysts Break Down Q1 Beat: 'Executing On Improving Growth And Margins'

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Shares of Salesforce.com, inc. (CRM) jumped 5.43% on Friday after the company reported accelerating growth in the first quarter and issued impressive full-year guidance.

On Thursday afternoon, Salesforce reported first-quarter EPS of $1.21 on revenue of $5.96 billion. Both numbers topped consensus analyst estimates of 88 cents and $5.89 billion, respectively. Revenue was up 23% from a year ago. Salesforce reported $1.75 billion in revenue in its Platform and Other segment, up 28%. The company’s core Sales Cloud segment delivered $1.39 billion in revenue, up 11%.

Looking ahead, Salesforce guided for second-quarter EPS of between 91 cents and 92 cents on revenue of between $6.22 billion and $6.23 billion, beating analyst expectations on both fronts.

The company also exceeded full-year fiscal 2022 guidance expectations, calling for between $3.79 and $3.81 in EPS and between $25.9 billion and $26 billion in revenue on the year.

Salesforce Analysts On Growth, Margins

Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss said Salesforce is executing on improving growth and margins. “Salesforce reported cRPO growth of 23% YoY to $17.8 billion, well ahead of consensus estimates of $17.3 billion (+19.3% YoY),” Weiss wrote.

Raymond James analyst Brian Peterson said bears may criticize the low-quality earnings beat, but he is encouraged that Salesforce’s recent acquisitions are driving more large deal activity. “We're cognizant that investors continue to ask for margin expansion, although it's hard to find a more compelling risk/reward in software for a company delivering 20%+ growth at this scale,” Peterson wrote.

Piper Sandler analyst Brent Bracelin said Salesforce’s record first-quarter operating margin of 20.2% was impressive, and its updated guidance for 19% organic revenue growth this year was a particularly bullish development. “This material uptick from the initial outlook of 17% reaffirms that enterprise adoption of the CRM multi-cloud strategy is resonating with enterprise customers,” Bracelin wrote.

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