Workday Shares Spike Following Third-Quarter Earnings Report

Times are good at Workday (NYSE:WDAY). Following the company’s third-quarter earnings report, shares have risen over 13 percent as of the afternoon of November 30. So what went so right for the enterprise cloud solution? Here’s a breakdown of the quarter.

  • Total revenue was $743.2 million, up 33.8 percent year over year
  • Subscription revenue was $624.4 million, up 34.7 percent year over year
  • Subscription revenue backlog was $5.9 billion, up 31.0 percent year over year
  • The company also raised guidance for the fourth quarter.

“We had a great third quarter and continue to see significant momentum across our suite of products,” said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. “We extended our market leadership in HCM, welcoming more Fortune 500 customers to the Workday community, and accelerated adoption of Workday Financial Management as more finance organizations move to the cloud.

“As we look to the remainder of fiscal 2019, we are confident that our commitment to customer satisfaction and product innovation, coupled with our strong company culture, will continue to deliver meaningful growth and customer success.”

Workday shares have jumped 43 percent this year as of Thursday’s close. Like similar software solutions, Workday is benefiting from companies moving to the cloud. Workday is best known for its HR products, but also provides financial management products. The company’s numbers come two days after a similarly upbeat report from another popular cloud software company, Salesforce.

In light of recent success, future looks bright as well.

“We’re pleased with our strong performance in Q3, which resulted in accelerated growth across our core business metrics and gives us great momentum heading into year-end,” said Robynne Sisco, co-president and chief financial officer at Workday. “The strength in our business is allowing us to raise our fiscal 2019 outlook and we now expect subscription revenue of $2.375 to $2.377 billion, or growth of 33 percent. We continue to prioritize investing in long-term growth initiatives, while delivering solid operating and cash flow margins over time.”

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Wall Street analysts reacted with a showering of upgrades and positive notes. RBC Capital analyst Ross MacMillan raised its share target from $159 to $170 and called the earnings report a “strong quarter with accelerating ACV bookings across both HCM and FM.” Morgan Stanley maintained its “overweight” rating and raised its target from $154- to $165 per share.

Joel Cheesman

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. In 2005, Cheesman founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and US News and World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to Jobing.com. He was employed by EmployeeScreenIQ, a background check company. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.