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Why Box, Inc. Got Crushed Today

By Evan Niu, CFA – Dec 3, 2015 at 3:02PM

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Is it meaningful? Or just another move?

What: Enterprise cloud storage vendor Box (BOX -0.92%) got crushed Thursday, down by 9% at 3:00 p.m. EST after the company reported fiscal third quarter earnings Wednesday night. The results were mixed, but overall investors were not impressed.

So what: Revenue in the third quarter jumped 38% to $78.7 million, which was ahead of the market's expectations, but the adjusted net loss of $0.31 per share was worse than the consensus estimate. Box says that its customer base now includes 55% of the Fortune 500, and it has grown its paying customer base to 54,000 businesses. Total registered users are now up to 41 million, and billings rose 37% to $89.4 million.

Now what: Box also raised its full year guidance for the third consecutive time. Full-year sales for the current fiscal year are expected to be $299 million to $300 million, up from the prior guidance of $295 million to $297 million. Fourth quarter sales should be $81 million to $82 million.

Box continues to make progress diversifying away from just cloud storage and file-sharing, which is the right move since those types of services are quickly commoditized. The company is now moving into content management, and executing on three "key strategic objectives" to pursue this opportunity, according to CEO Aaron Levie. Box is investing in new enterprise content platforms like Box Governance, launching a new Box Platform offering that will enable content and collaboration, and expanding its partner ecosystem.

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