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Why Shares of Splunk Jumped Today

By Timothy Green – Nov 22, 2019 at 7:15AM

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The software company reported impressive numbers, and it raised its guidance for the full year.

What happened

Shares of Splunk (SPLK -0.73%) surged on Friday after the data analytics company reported its third-quarter results. Splunk beat analyst estimates for both revenue and earnings, and it boosted its revenue guidance for the full year. The stock was up about 7.2% at 11:45 a.m. EST after being up as much as 10% earlier in the day.

So what

Splunk reported third-quarter revenue of $626.3 million, up 30.2% year over year and $21.1 million higher than the average analyst estimate. Software revenue was up 40% to $454 million.

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Non-GAAP (adjusted) earnings per share came in at $0.58, up from $0.38 in the prior-year period and $0.04 better than analysts were expecting. Splunk lost $0.38 per share on a GAAP basis, flat from the prior-year period.

"Splunk continues to show the world how our Data-to-Everything Platform is uniquely positioned to bring data to every question, decision and action," said Splunk CEO Doug Merritt.

Now what

Splunk expects to generate about $780 million of revenue in the fourth quarter, along with a non-GAAP operating margin of 23%. For the full year, Splunk now sees revenue of $2.35 billion, up from a previous outlook of $2.3 billion. The company kept its expectations for a 14% non-GAAP operating margin unchanged.

Including Friday's rally, shares of Splunk are up about 30% since the beginning of the year.

Timothy Green has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Splunk. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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