Yesterday, Open Text Corp
Open Text is a leader in enterprise content management (ECM for short). In other words, the company allows workers to collaborate and integrate knowledge across an organization. And the applications are quite broad: managing the paper-intensive processes of clinical trials, corporate governance (especially the new Sarbanes-Oxley rules), engineering document management, corporate training, and so on.
The company reported that last quarter's net income came to $9 million or $0.16 cents per share. This was a big miss; the Street expected earnings of $0.28 cents per share.
However, sales were particularly strong, increasing 98% to $105 million.
The company expects the weakness to continue and provided new guidance: Next quarter's revenues are expected to range from $87 million to $93 million and earnings from $0.07 cents to $0.12 cents a share. Consensus was for $0.24 cents a share on $98 million in revenues.
A big part of the strategy for growth for Open Text has been acquisitions. A major deal was for Ixos, which helped expand the company's product offerings. In fact, this week Open Text announced the $24 million purchase of the Vista Plus Suite from Quest Software
However, it appears that the enterprise software market is still weakening -- as indicated by the guidance of Open Text. Consequently, we may see other enterprise software players warn.
Fool contributor Tom Taulli does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned.