Workday Shares Rise as Earnings Crush Estimates

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Updated Aug. 26, 2021 5:23 p.m. ET / Original Aug. 26, 2021 4:58 p.m. ET

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*** ONE-TIME USE *** An worker works astatine the Workday Inc. bureau successful San Francisco, California, U.S., connected Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

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Workday shares are trading higher precocious Thursday aft the cloud-based supplier of endeavor HR and fiscal software posted better-than-expected results for its fiscal 2nd 4th ended July 31. 

For the quarter, Workday (ticker: WDAY) reported gross of $1.26 billion, up 19% from a twelvemonth ago, and somewhat up of the Street statement estimation of $1.24 billion. Subscription gross was $1.11 billion, up 20%, and up of the company’s guidance range of $1.095 cardinal to $1.097 billion. Non-GAAP profits were $1.23 a share, good up of statement astatine 78 cents. Under mostly accepted accounting principles, the institution earned 41 cents a share.

Workday says its backlog present stands astatine $10.5 billion, up 23% from a twelvemonth ago. Operating currency travel successful the 4th jumped to $198.5 million, from $157.2 cardinal successful the comparable year-earlier quarter.

“This 4th was 1 of our strongest successful institution history,” Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri said successful a statement. “Our lawsuit assemblage has grown to much than 55 cardinal users and much than fractional of the Fortune 500 person selected Workday.”

Workday successful precocious trading has rallied 3.4%, to $255.25. In the regular session, the banal was up 0.3% to $246.76.

For the October quarter, Workday sees subscription gross ranging from $1.156 to $1.158 billion, up of the Street statement astatine $1.113 billion. Workday sees full-year subscription gross of betwixt $4.5 cardinal and $4.51 billion, up of the Street statement forecast of $4.44 billion. The institution besides said it present sees a afloat twelvemonth non-GAAP operating borderline of 21%, up from a erstwhile forecast of 18% to 19%.

Write to Eric J. Savitz astatine eric.savitz@barrons.com

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