Most investors paying attention to Web stocks today are paying attention to Groupon
All of which is keeping headline watchers from paying closer attention to NetSuite
We've seen this before from NetSuite. This time, adjusted earnings came in at $0.05 a share, a penny better than estimates and last year's performance. Revenue improved 23% to $61 million, also ahead of projections, while cash from operations grew 79% year over year for the nine-month period ended in September. Management also raised its 2011 revenue outlook to $235.2 million to $235.7 million, $1 million better than last quarter's guidance and above Wall Street's average projection, according to data compiled by Yahoo! Finance.
The implication? More customers are signing contracts that require up-front cash payments, a commitment that should frighten competitors such as SAP
Clearer skies for cloud computing
As I see it, NetSuite is supplying half the software needed to successfully manage a business, with an emphasis on manufacturing, inventory, product design, accounting, and other back-end functions not seen by customers.
Fair enough. What matters is that businesses are taking to cloud-computing alternatives at a high rate. Or at least high enough that NetSuite is able to put up numbers attractive to the Big Money investors who used to ignore this stock. No longer.
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