Salesforce reports better-than-expected earnings and revenue, issues upbeat guidance

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Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc., pauses during a Bloomberg Television interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

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Salesforce topped analysts’ estimates for profit and revenue in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report. The stock jumped over 3% in extended trading.

Here’s how the company did:

  • Earnings: 84 cents per share, adjusted, vs. 74 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $7.33 billion, vs. $7.24 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Revenue increased 26% in the quarter, which ended on Jan. 31, according to a statement.

For the first quarter, Salesforce called for revenue of between $7.37 billion and $7.38 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected $7.26 billion in revenue.

The company’s updated guidance for the 2023 fiscal year is $32 billion to $32.1 billion in revenue. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv had been looking for $31.78 billion in revenue.

During the period, Salesforce promoted Bret Taylor to co-CEO alongside Marc Benioff, the company’s billionaire co-founder. Taylor joined Salesforce in 2016 through the acquisition of productivity software start-up Quip and quickly rose up the ranks to become chief operating officer.

Prior to the after-hours move, Salesforce has dropped 15% so far this year, underperforming the S&P 500, which is down about 10%.

Salesforce said on Tuesday that it is focused on integrating its products with Slack, a business messaging system it purchased for $27.7 billion in 2020, so it doesn’t expect to make any large purchases soon. Salesforce said it expected $1.5 billion in sales from Slack in its fiscal 2023.

“We don’t have plans for any material M&A in the near term. Slack is our focus,” Taylor said on a call with analysts.

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