Cloud Stocks: Adobe Adds AI Capabilities To Creative Cloud

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Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) recently reported its quarterly results that outpaced market expectations. The company continues to drive product innovations, especially within its creative cloud segment to drive growth.

Adobe’s Financials

Adobe’s fourth-quarter revenues grew 14% to $4.53 billion, ahead of the market’s estimates of $4.52 billion. Adjusted EPS of $3.60 also beat analyst estimates of $3.50.

By segment, revenues from the Digital Media segment grew 14% to $3.3 billion with Creative revenue growing to $2.68 billion and Document Cloud growing to $619 million. Revenues from the Digital Experience segment were $1.15 billion.

Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) grew to $13.97 billion, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $576 million. Creative ARR grew to $11.6 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $2.37 billion.

Adobe ended the year with a record annual revenue of $17.61 billion, up 15% and non-GAAP EPS was $13.71. Digital Media segment revenue was $12.84 billion, with Creative and Document Cloud at $10.46 billion and $2.38 billion, respectively. Revenue from the Digital Experience segment was $4.42 billion.

Adobe expects to end the first quarter with revenues of $4.6-$4.64 billion and non-GAAP EPS of $3.65-$3.70. The market was looking for revenues of $4.62 billion and an EPS of $3.61.

For the year 2023, Adobe expects revenues of $19.1 billion and non-GAAP EPS of $15.15-$15.45. The market forecast revenues of $19.18 billion and an EPS of $15.18. 

Unlike other software companies that have slowed down hiring, Adobe plans to stick to its growth strategy and continue to hire but at a disciplined and measured pace.      

Adobe’s AI Focus

Recently, Adobe announced its partnership with the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) which will allow it to use Adobe Experience Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud to modernize digital experiences for all of its residents. The partnership will allow Illinois to provide more equitable access to state services and unify digital services, allowing the state to gain a better understanding of residents’ needs and deliver critical resources efficiently.

Recently, Adobe released new AI capabilities that maximize creativity and precision across Creative Cloud apps and Adobe Express. The new AI-powered features in Adobe Express and Creative Cloud will allow designers to tap into their creativity, instead of spending time on other repetitive tasks. Creative Cloud users are already using AI-powered features powered by Adobe Sensei to automate complex and repetitive tasks.

It announced innovations in Photoshop that will make the image editing application smarter, more collaborative, and easier to use across surfaces. Share for Review, currently in the Beta stage, enables users to collaborate on projects without leaving Photoshop and makes editing images in a browser more powerful. The Photoshop desktop app adds new features powered by Adobe Sensei AI that include selection improvements to improve the accuracy and quality of selections and a one-click Delete and Fill tool to remove and replace objects in images with a single action.

Photoshop and Lightroom AI image-editing features have seen significant adoption in the recent past. These services were used over 1.3 billion times in the past year and are helping power mundane Photoshop tasks by simplifying complexity and accelerating time-consuming processes.

To continue to drive collaboration, Adobe released new workflows that will empower creators to meet the growing content demands across multiple platforms. It introduced new share-for-review collaboration capabilities in Photoshop and Illustrator. By incorporating stakeholder feedback, these tools will become more powerful in their ability to deliver successful projects. Designers will be able to easily and seamlessly manage what they share with stakeholders during the review process.

Adobe’s stock is currently trading at $328.71 with a market capitalization of $152.82 billion. It touched a 52-week high of $582.88 in December last year. It was trading at a 52-week low of $274.73 in September.

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