The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 30 (Q1), Splunk beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly. Non-GAAP loss per share grew. GAAP loss per share dropped.
Gross margins shrank, operating margins shrank, net margins increased.
Splunk reported revenue of $57.2 million. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for net sales of $53.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 54% higher than the prior-year quarter's $37.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at -$0.06. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.06 per share. Non-GAAP EPS were -$0.06 for Q1 compared to -$0.04 per share for the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS were -$0.16 for Q1 versus -$0.71 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 88.3%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -27.4%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -28.2%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $62.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.03.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $273.1 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.01.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 52 members out of 97 rating the stock outperform, and 45 members rating it underperform. Among 37 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 17 give Splunk a green thumbs-up, and 20 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Splunk is outperform, with an average price target of $43.00.
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