Cloud Stocks: HubSpot Expands Content Offering Through Acquisition

According to a recent Grand View Research report, the global digital marketing software market is expected to reach $151.8 billion by 2027, growing at an annualized rate of 17.4% from 2020. Inbound marketing specialist HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS) recently reported its fourth-quarter results that surpassed market expectations.

HubSpot’s Financials

HubSpot’s fourth-quarter revenues grew 35% to $252.1 million, ahead of the Street’s forecast of by 6.6%. Non GAAP EPS of $0.40 beat the market’s estimate of $0.23.

By segment, Subscription revenues grew 36% to $244.3 million, and Professional services and other revenues dropped 9% to $7.7 million.

Among other operating metrics, its customer base grew 42% to over 103,994. Total average subscription revenue per customer dropped 3% to $9,785.

For the full year of 2020, HubSpot announced revenues of $883 million and an EPS of $1.32.

HubSpot forecast revenues of $260-265 million for the first quarter of 2021 with an EPS of $0.28-$0.30. The market was looking for revenues of $242.86 million with an EPS of $0.26. HubSpot expects to end the year 2021 with revenues of $1.16-$1.17 billion and an EPS of $1.51-$1.59. The market was looking for revenues of $1.05 billion for the year with an EPS of $1.34.

HubSpot’s Acquisition

Recently, HubSpot announced its agreement to acquire San Francisco-based The Hustle. Founded in 2015 by John Havel and Sam Parr, The Hustle is a media company that produces podcasts, newsletters, and premium research. The Hustle was started with the mission to help give business builders the information needed to make an impression on the world and change how media companies operate.

Its daily email was started in 2016 and it now provides more than 1.5 million readers access to topical stories and perspectives. Its subscription platform Trends and podcast My First Million give entrepreneurs insights, data, and best practices to help scale their companies. HubSpot hopes to leverage the acquisition to provide its customers with new ways to get access to content on a large number of topics through diverse media. With the acquisition, HubSpot will be able to provide access to educational, business, and tech-related content in its customers’ preferred format.

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