Cloud Stocks: DocuSign Exploring Unprecedented Digital Signature Offerings

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The global pandemic may have resulted in an emergency shift to remote working conditions, but after a year, these changes are now becoming more permanent. Organizations globally are continuing to invest in digital transformation initiatives and the digital signature industry is benefiting from this transition. DocuSign (Nasdaq: DOCU) recently announced its fourth-quarter results that surpassed market expectations.

DocuSign’s Financials

Revenues for the fourth quarter grew 57% to $430.9 million, ahead of the market’s estimates of $408 million. Billings grew 46% to $534.9 million. On an adjusted basis, net income was $0.37 per share, compared with the market’s expectations of $0.22 per share.

By segment, Subscription revenues grew 59% to $410.2 million. Professional services and other revenue grew 23% to $20.7 million.

For the fiscal year 2020, DocuSign’s revenues grew 49% to $1.5 billion and EPS was $0.90.

For the first quarter, DocuSign forecast revenues of $432-$436 million, compared with the Street’s revenue forecast of $411.8 million with an EPS of $0.23. DocuSign expects to end the year with revenues of $1.963-$1.973 billion, ahead of the market’s revenue forecast of $1.87 billion and an EPS of $1.08.

DocuSign’s Growth

DocuSign’s use cases are no longer restricted to private enterprises. Its services are also seeing strong adoption within the government sector. Last year, DocuSign’s solutions were used by the State of New York to authorize unemployment insurance claims remotely instead of having individuals come to an unemployment office. But what started as a supposedly shorter engagement is now transitioning to a more permanent offering with the State evaluating other opportunities with DocuSign.

One such use case could be digital notaries through DocuSign. Notarizations traditionally have been in-person services that have not yet transitioned to remote ones. DocuSign does have a solution called eNotary, currently in beta testing for banking customers. DocuSign plans to release the product in a limited capacity this quarter and is hopeful that customers like the State of New York will look forward to this service.

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