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Wall Street Is As Bullish As Ever On Salesforce

Wayne Duggan

Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE: CRM) shares dipped 3.5% after the company reported third-quarter revenue and earnings ahead of consensus analyst expectations on Tuesday. Revenue performance obligation (RPO) growth guidance of 21% for the fourth quarter came up short of consensus expectations of 23%.

The negative market reaction comes after the stock has underperformed the S&P 500 overall this year. Salesforce has been aggressively spending to grow its business, acquiring Tableau for $15.3 billion and soending $1.35 billion on ClickSoftware so far this year.

Several Wall Street analysts have weighed in on Salesforce. Here’s a sampling of what they’ve had to say.

Still A Top Stock Pick

Bank of America analyst Kash Rangan said Salesforce offers a rare bullish combination of organic revenue growth, margin expansion and acquisition synergies.

“The fundamental strength of Salesforce.com’s business, vision, FY24E revs guidance, commitment to OM+, sales execution, clear disclosures and quality of 3Q20 results don’t jive with -10% vs NASDAQ YTD,” Rangan wrote in a note.

Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis said Salesforce remains his top large-cap core holding recommendation.

“Valuation is a measure of risk, and since we can’t predict when investors will experience another inevitable bout of panic, it makes sense to stick to super high-quality companies at reasonable valuations – and Salesforce is at the top of that list,” Davis wrote.

Baird analyst Rob Oliver said third-quarter numbers reinforce Salesforce as a top stock pick.

“Salesforce.com reported a strong 3Q20 (October) quarter which was highlighted by current RPO growth +28% yr-yr (+22% ex-Tableau) and an acceleration in the two largest clouds (Sales Cloud +15% yr-yr and Service Cloud +24% yr-yr),” Oliver wrote.

Conservative Guidance

Wedbush analyst Steve Koenig said Salesforce’s demand trends are strong, and management is executing its strategy well.

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“We expect sales momentum to continue in FY20, driven by large deal activity and continued multi-product traction,” Koenig wrote.

Mizuho analyst Gregg Moskowitz said Salesforce’s third-quarter numbers were impressive and its fourth-quarter guidance appears to be conservative.

“Our checks clearly point to healthier organic growth, and as a result we expect that CRM will post solid upside to this forecast,” Moskowitz wrote.

Ratings And Price Targets

  • Bank of America has a Buy rating and $200 target.
  • Canaccord Genuity has a Buy rating and $185 target.
  • Baird has an Outperform rating and $185 target.
  • Wedbush has an Outperform rating and $192 target.
  • Mizuho has a Buy rating and $195 target.

Benzinga’s Take

Given Salesforce pre-announced full-year results at Dreamforce, so expectations for the earnings report were high. It’s rare that so few analysts have anything bad to say about a company, so investors should take Wednesday’s modest sell-off with a grain of salt.

Salesforce stock traded around $155.83 per share at time of publication.

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Dec 2019 Maintains Outperform
Nov 2019 Maintains Outperform

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