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To many investors, the idea that Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK) stock is cheap seems ludicrous. Splunk's guidance calls for negative operating cash flow this year. And Splunk stock trades at roughly eight times its sales (excluding its net cash) and 50 times analysts' average 2020 earnings per share estimate.Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Splunk stock hardly seems like a value play. But it does look at least inexpensive compared with its peers. Its price-sales ratio is one of the lowest of any company whose revenues are growing at a 30%+ clip.In recent quarters, Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY) and Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC) posted similar revenue increases as SPLK. WDAY trades at over 11 times its revenue, and PAYC's price-sales ratio is 17. Other software companies are growing at rates similar to SPLK and have higher valuations.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut why is SPLK stock trading at a discount to some of its peers and why has that situation persisted? SPLK stock has gained roughly 20% over the past year, but that figure is skewed by timing. Splunk stock actually sits below where it was after its fiscal Q2 results which were released back in August 2018.There are interesting arguments for why the relatively low valuation of Splunk stock has created a buying opportunity. There are also interesting arguments as to why SPLK stock deserves the discount. Overall, I'd lean towards the bullish argument. But investors who are considering buying Splunk stock need to consider multiple points. * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy (With Brands You Can Find In Your Kitchen) The Case for Splunk StockSplunk stock is not necessarily cheap. Its valuation is still higher than that of the average stock, and for good reason.Splunk's log-management offerings are a direct play on Big Data. And the company's growth has been impressive. Its revenue increased 41% in fiscal 2017 and jumped 38%+ in the following two years. Its sales are expected to increase roughly 28% in FY20.Meanwhile, as noted earlier, SPLK stock has stalled out, trading sideways for the last 13+ months. That performance, combined with the company's revenue and profit growth, has caused the multiples of Splunk stock to fall. And bulls would argue that some of the relative weakness has come from a misunderstanding surrounding the company's cash flow guidance.After all, Splunk stock fell after its Q2 results partly because of its cash flow guidance. Splunk's guidance went from $250 million to -$300 million, a seemingly huge change. But bulls would argue that the shift was caused by the company's transition to a subscription model. That transition creates uneven sales growth, meaning the guidance change indicates little, if any, alteration of Splunk's long-term cash flow.That guidance overshadowed a strong report, as SPLK's software revenue jumped 46% year-over-year. The bull case is that the company's growth outlook remains intact, while short-term concerns have moved SPLK stock to a lower and more attractive valuation.Wall Street analysts seem to agree; their average price target on SPLK stock is about 25% above its current price. Last month, Raymond James said the company's new pricing model could boost Splunk stock in the near-term. The Case Against SPLK StockThe bull case on SPLK is intriguing, and I wouldn't be surprised to see SPLK stock break out at some point. But the shares pose some risks as well.For one, SPLK might well be cheap on a relative basis, but that doesn't guarantee that the shares will rise. Eight times revenue, even with Splunk's attractive gross margins, still prices in quite a bit of growth. Moreover, Splunk stock lost about a third of its value during last year's Q4 stock-market selloff. If the stock market tumbles again, SPLK stock will fall further.The other considerable risk is on the competitive front. Splunk is the leader in log management, but it has some tough competitors. Elastic (NYSE:ESTC), for example, offers an open-source ELK Stack which allows customers to build their own log management systems, as opposed to buying them from Splunk.Datadog (NASDAQ:DDOG), which recently launched its IPO, is another competitor. Datadog offers a unified platform that includes log management, but also infrastructure, cloud, and application-performance monitoring. DDOG is trading at roughly 20 times its revenue, suggesting that investors are bullish on its outlook.Both Datadog and Elastic have posted stronger revenue growth than Splunk of late, although both are doing so from lower revenue bases than SPLK. Hope for a Better Entry Point?For software-as-a-service (SaaS) investors, then, SPLK probably is at the top of the list. Its valuation might be questionable, but it is quite attractive relative to what investors have been willing to pay for growth stocks in recent years.But I'm not sure Splunk stock quite gets to the point of being compelling for those investors who aren't focused on growth stocks.SPLK is facing risks. The shares probably can grow into their forward price-earnings multiple of 40+. But it only takes one earnings miss for competitive risks to move to the forefront of investors' minds.Given the performance of Splunk stock over the past 12+ months, it does seem worth staying on the sidelines and hoping for a better entry point. SPLK probably is cheap, but it's a little too cheap. And there are reasons why it could get even cheaper.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. 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(Bloomberg) -- Cisco Systems Inc. approached software company Datadog Inc. in recent weeks with a takeover offer significantly higher than the $7 billion valuation it aimed for in its initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.Datadog rebuffed the advance to pursue a stock listing because it felt it could be worth more as a public company over time, according the people, who requested anonymity because the talks were private. Talks between Cisco and Datadog are no longer active and Datadog is committed to going public, they said.A representative for Cisco declined to comment. Datadog couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.Cisco rose less than 1% to $49.72 at 10:12 a.m. in New York trading, for a market value of about $211 billion. Several rivals to Datadog also gained, including New Relic Inc., up 5.8%, Splunk Inc., which rose 3.9% and Elastic NV, which rose 3.1%.Datadog raised $648 million in its U.S. IPO Wednesday, selling 24 million shares for $27 each after marketing them at $24 to $26. The listing values Datadog at $7.83 billion.Software companies that power business processes have delivered some of this year’s best IPO debuts thanks to high margins and solid revenue. Zoom Video Communications Inc. and Crowdstrike Holdings Inc. have doubled in value since they began trading and are among the ten best performing offerings this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.In 2017, Cisco succeeded in buying a company on the eve of its IPO. It acquired AppDynamics Inc. for $3.7 billion right before the data analytics company was set to price its listing.(Updates share prices in fourth paragraph, details about IPO in fifth.)\--With assistance from Crystal Tse.To contact the reporters on this story: Liana Baker in New York at email@example.com;Gillian Tan in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org;Ian King in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alan Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org, Liana Baker, Matthew MonksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Enterprise software has been one of the most notable bright spots in the tech world. Just look at some of the recent IPOs which have soared in value from companies like Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM) and Elastic (NYSE:ESTC) But even mature firms, like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), have rejuvenated their businesses.Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com And then there is IBM (NYSE:IBM). The company whiffed on the cloud. It also whiffed on mobile. And even in AI (artificial intelligence) - in which IBM has invested for a long time - the results have been mixed.The irony is that IBM should have been a huge beneficiary of these trends. It has a trusted brand, a global footprint (it has 60 datacenters across the world) and a massive customer base. But unfortunately, the company did not adapt quickly enough.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars The Good News for IBM StockDespite all its problems, IBM is still healthy from a financial standpoint, as it continues to generate substantial cash flows. The company also has incredibly talented employees.More importantly for IBM stock, the company has made critical moves to restructure its operations. Specifically, it has eliminated jobs and unloaded non-core assets, while also retooling its software to keep up with the competition.But I think the most consequential point is that the company has been willing to make big bets, as shown by its $34 billion mega-acquisition of Red Hat.True, there is a good deal of irony in this deal. When Linux and other open-source software platforms emerged in the 1990s, IBM's reaction was to fight back - and hard.But it was a losing battle. Open-source software has become a critical part of companies' arsenals. So with the Red Hat deal, IBM has become the leader of the space.There are clear benefits to open-source software. Specifically, adoption of it can be rapid because the technology is free and it's continuously being updated by developers.Red Hat has been able to leverage its technology to create an extensive platform that enables a hybrid cloud environment. Because of security, privacy and regulatory concerns, larger companies need to combine different, i.e. hybrid, options when it comes to the cloud. For example, they can utilize a mix of private and public clouds. Among the companies that provide public cloud infrastructure are Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) and MSFT. As a result of this need for flexibility, the flexibility of the open-source model, for the most part, has proven to be spot-on.As part of IBM, Red Hat will benefit from the tech giant's tremendous distribution capabilities. What's more, the cloud opportunity is still massive. IBM believes that the typical enterprise has only transitioned 20% of its data to the cloud.Here's what the Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst of research firm IDC , Frank Gens, said about the acquisition of Red Hat: "As organizations seek to increase their pace of innovation to stay competitive, they are looking to open source and a distributed cloud environment to enable a new wave of digital innovation that wasn't possible before. Over the next five years, IDC expects enterprises to invest heavily in their journeys to the cloud, and innovation on it. A large and increasing portion of this investment will be on open hybrid and multicloud environments that enable them to move apps, data and workloads across different environments."In other words, the deal has the potential to generate growth for IBM and should help make Big Blue a major player in cloud computing. That should definitely be positive for IBM stock. The Bottom Line On International Business Machines StockI can understand why there is lots of skepticism regarding the bull case on IBM stock. Consider that, over the past five years, IBM stock price has fallen 2%.But I think the Red Hat deal will be a game changer that will get IBM stock back on track. In fact, investors are already more upbeat on the shares, as IBM stock price has jumped 25% this year.There will likely be bumps in the road for IBM stock, as acquisitions are never easy. But with the dividend yield at 4.56% - one of the highest in the tech world - and the forward price-earnings ratio standing at only 10.5, IBM does look interesting.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars * 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts * 5 Goldman Sachs Stocks to Buy with Over 20% Upside Potential The post IBM Stock: It's All About Red Hat appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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(Bloomberg) -- WeWork’s IPO prospectus lacks the information needed to create a financial model of the company, according to an analyst who specializes in new listings.The We Co., which is expected to raise about $3.5 billion in what would be 2019’s second-biggest initial public offering, must have put in a great effort to conceal the unit economics underlying the coworking space provider, said Triton Research Inc. Chief Executive Officer Rett Wallace.“The prospectus is a masterpiece of obfuscation,” he said in an interview. “If the underlying facts were positive, why would a company go to so much trouble to prevent you from understanding them?”Using what it calls an obfuscation index as one component of its ratings, Triton has built a strong track record predicting the winners and losers among technology IPOs. Since January 2018, listings that won an above-average score from Triton have risen about 92% from their offering prices, nearly triple the return of those scoring below average.IPOs with the highest Triton scores include standouts Elastic NV, Smartsheet Inc. and Anaplan Inc., while post-listing duds such as Sonos Inc., Dropbox Inc. and Lyft Inc. rank among the low scorers.Triton sees high levels of obfuscation in WeWork’s filing. For example, the company stops counting sales and marketing expenses at a given location once it’s been open for two years -- but the spending doesn’t actually stop after that. Instead, it counts as an operating expense, Triton said.A representative for New York-based WeWork declined to comment.Opening DatesWeWork’s filing doesn’t disclose the dates of when its locations opened or when the spending at a given location will switch into the operating expense bucket, according to Wallace. Like some government agencies, WeWork labels some compensation as investments.“When you make it impossible for people to have data-driven conviction, then everything is just sentiment,” Wallace said. “Sentiment can come and go, especially in a volatile tape like this.”Read more: WeWork IPO May Polarize Wall Street Into Warring Camps, MKM SaysThe lack of disclosure becomes even more apparent when contrasted with other IPO filings that are more direct, he added.“When companies fight you on understanding the basic proposition of the mousetrap, it’s always bad. People who have good mouse traps say, ‘This is the thing: You put the cheese in, the trap is designed to never break your thumb, and it catches mice nine times out of ten.’”Read more: WeWork IPO Shows It’s the Most Magical Unicorn: Shira OvideTo contact the reporter on this story: Drew Singer in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brad Olesen at firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael HythaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
As we said before, cloud stocks are the stocks to buy these days. From accessing your photos on your phone to performing complex data analysis at work, hardly a day goes by that you aren't harnessing the power of the cloud. Cloud computing has taken both the enterprise and consumer world by storm. Plenty of money has been made by investors playing the trend.However, it isn't just the big boys like Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) or Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) that are winning in the cloud. There are plenty of smaller cloud stocks as well.It's in those smaller cloud stocks where future gains can be had. Many of the smaller cloud stocks feature double-digit revenue growth and operate in some necessary niches. Moreover, the growth is showing no signs of slowing as many of the addressable markets for these smaller cloud players are massive. Adding in the buyout potential from larger software stocks and you have a recipe for long-term gains.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now When it comes to the cloud, think smaller is better. With that, here are five more cloud stocks to buy with wonderful potential. Cloud Stocks to Buy: Blackline Inc (BL)Cloud stocks work best when they tackle a boring segment of the business, remove redundancies and simplifying processes. Nothing could be more boring than accounting. And one of the most tedious and time-consuming processes in accounting continues to be the month-end close.That's where Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) firm BlackLine (NYSE:BL) comes in.Right now, most accounting departments collect data on a monthly or quarterly basis and then process it. Transactions are recorded, reconciliations are made, and the journal entries are posted. It creates this blitzkrieg of long hours and sleepless nights each month.BL's software is revolutionizing that arduous process. It collects data in real-time and then automatically processes it accordingly. This eliminates the workload and allows accountants to focus on bigger picture things.It's no wonder why BL's sales and customer numbers are surging. Last quarter alone, Blackline managed to score 106 new customers to reach a total of 2,813. Meanwhile, revenues jumped 26% year-over-year. And this isn't just a one-off thing. BL has had several quarters in a row of new customer and sales growth. Its process works and is helping the firm move quickly towards profitability.The best part is that the addressable market is huge. There are plenty of companies -- both big and small -- that will benefit from Blackline's software. Given the long-term potential, BL could be one of the best cloud stocks to buy for today and tomorrow. HubSpot (HUBS)These days, it can be hard for businesses and services to score new customers. Inbound marketing firm HubSpot (NASDAQ:HUBS) is making that process of acquiring new customers and keeping existing ones a breeze.HUBS offers a suite of cloud tools that allow businesses to connect with customers. This includes creating content, sending out emails, social media functions, blogs, marketing automation, and even SEO tools. Its sales and services hubs allow its users the ability to track future potential customers as well as take care of them once they are on board. And it turns out, HubSpot's platform is very good. More than 60,500 customers -- including names like Subaru and Doordash -- use it.The key for HUBS is its business model. The firm uses what's called a "freemium" model. This allows a business to use some features of HubSpot's platform gratis. However, extras and additional capabilities require a monthly subscription. The idea is that firms will like what they see and then stick around. And they do: HUBS features retention rates near 100%, while subscription revenues jumped more than 34% last quarter. Clearly, HubSpot's model is working and it should continue to work. * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now The firm is profitable and features nearly $1 billion in cash on its balance sheet. This reduces the risk in shares. When it comes to cloud stocks, HUBS is providing a much-needed service to a growing client base and it's doing it right. Veeva Systems (VEEV)Given the numerous regulations that govern healthcare, cutting through the clutter can be very hard. It takes a deft hand to dot all the I's and cross all the T's. One misstep and the FDA won't approve a drug, or you'll end up getting sued by a patient.Because of this Veeva Systems (NASDAQ:VEEV) is quickly becoming a giant among the cloud stocks.VEEV produces various applications for the life sciences and biotech industry, drug producers, as well as hospitals. These solutions include everything from collecting trial data during drug development to customer management tools for pharmaceutical companies. From development to commercial processes, VEEV really does it all in healthcare.Because of the necessity of Veeva's products, the firm's customer list reads like a who's who of biotechs and big pharma. This includes top customers like Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Takeda, which use VEEV's products across a variety of lines. The best part is they pay some big bucks to do that.During its last reported quarter, total revenues jumped 25%, while key subscription revenues gained more than 27%. That's helped Veeva see its profits jump 62% year-over-year. What's nuts is that VEEV still has plenty of more opportunities to add additional customers and expand. Upselling and new products keep customers coming back for more. Veeva's future profit potential is very good indeed.For investors, VEEV is a prime example of how cloud stocks can successfully win in niches. Zuora Inc (ZUO)Source: Shutterstock You've probably noticed that you're paying a lot more in subscriptions these days rather than outright ownership. From music and software to even your morning coffee, we're shelling out plenty of monthly checks to run our lives. Heck, even most of the cloud stocks on this list run on a subscription model. From a business point of view, this reoccurring revenue provides plenty of stable cash flows to build upon.Helping other companies transition to this subscription economy is Zuora (NASDAQ:ZUO).ZUO provides SaaS applications that are designed get firms into the subscription mindset. This includes automating recurring billing, collections, quoting, and revenue recognition. Where Zuora differentiates itself is that its software is complimentary to Financial Accounting Standards Board rules. The problem is switching from standard invoicing to subscriptions is difficult when it comes to accounting practices and recognizing revenues over the life of a contract. The cloud stock's Zuora Billing and Zuora RevPro products allow this to happen with ease and provide real data-driven insight as to what's happening.Given that some analysts think even your dishwasher will be run via a subscription in future, ZUO has plenty of potential. It just might take a bit to get there. The stock has struggled recently as it recognizes its sales staff. However, the firm continues to see swift revenue growth from its operations. * 10 Stocks to Buy on the Trade War Dip This is one cloud stock to buy now for gains later. Elastic N.V. (ESTC)Source: Shutterstock Everyone would love to go back and buy Google (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) stock when it first IPO'd. With the cloud, we finally have our chance. This is courtesy of Elastic N.V. (NASDQ:ESTC).ESTC is like Google in that it also operates a search engine. However, the firm doesn't comb the internet for terms, it looks through the billions of data points companies generate each day. The part that's exciting is that Elastic's various products highlight this data via search terms and presents it in an easy-to-read interface. ESTC uses standard API protocols to comb through a firm's data. This allows users to really take a look at all the various vendors it uses to pull exactly what they need when they need it.ESTC's search capabilities can be expanded into applications for consumers as well. Uber (NASDAQ:UBER) uses Elastic's capabilities to match drivers and riders, while dating app Tinder uses it for a similar function. But the potential is there for both enterprise and consumer-facing applications to dig deep into data for desired outcomes.And like the early days of GOOG, ESTC is growing like a weed -- with revenues increasing at a rate of approximately 70% annually. This has come from both existing customers expanding their relationships with the firm as well as plenty of new additions to its umbrella.For investors, the addressable market and end use for ESTC's products are huge and we're still in the early innings. Given Google's massive long-term runup, Elastic could be a very fruitful investment.At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not own a position in any of the stocks mentioned. 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2019 has so far been the year of the big-name IPO, with Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack, and Beyond Meat all making plenty of headlines, observes Mike Cintolo, editor of Cabot Growth Investor.