Three months ago, the virtual computing pioneer delivered a fine fourth quarter that exceeded analyst expectations by every measure -- and the stock fell more than 5% the next day. Last night, first-quarter non-GAAP earnings of $0.48 per share on $844 million in revenue trounced Street targets by a wide margin, and shares jumped more than 12% in after-hours trading.
CEO Paul Maritz even invokes the spirit of tech trendsetter Apple
And so the thrill ride continues, this time at fresh multiyear highs.
VMware has gone back to strong price momentum after spending a quarter or so in timeout. The last report made me wonder whether Red Hat
After accounting for the first quarter's improved results, VMware now trades at "only" 58 times adjusted trailing earnings and around 100 times good old-fashioned GAAP earnings. That's still pricey, but far below the 125 times earnings seen in January. So maybe VMware is growing into its boots after all, but from the bottom up rather than by cutting expectations.
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