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Splunk (SPLK) Beats Q3 Earnings Estimates on Solid Revenues

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Splunk Inc. (SPLK - Free Report) reported solid third-quarter fiscal 2024 results, with the bottom and the top lines beating the respective Zack Consensus Estimate. The company’s expense-control strategy and focus on improving operational efficiency supported the bottom line. Splunk is witnessing healthy traction in the cloud business accounting for the bulk of total annual recurring revenues (ARR). The company reported higher revenues year over year, driven by rising customer engagements, continuous innovation and a robust product portfolio.

Net Income

On a GAAP basis, the company incurred a net income of $96.9 million or 55 cents per share against a net loss of $32.6 million or a loss of 20 cents per share in the prior-year quarter. The improved performance was primarily attributable to top-line growth.

Non-GAAP net income in the reported quarter was $283.5 million or $1.55 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 43 cents.

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Revenues

Total revenues in third-quarter fiscal 2024 increased to $1,067.4 million from $929.8 million in the prior year. The top line surpassed the consensus estimate of $1,028 million. The revenue growth was driven by positive demand trends in cloud services, cybersecurity and observability domains. Backed by its enterprise scale and unified product portfolio, Splunk witnessed significant customer additions and several project wins in the public and private sectors.

Cloud services revenues rose to $469.4 million from $374 million in the year-ago quarter. The uptick was propelled by rising demand for its cloud services. License revenues were $429.4 million, up from $383.6 million. Net sales from Maintenance and services decreased to $172.2 million from $168.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Total ARR was $4 billion, up 15% year over year. The company had 851 customers with an ARR of more than $1 million at the end of the third quarter. Cloud ARR increased 26% year over year to $2 billion.

Other Details

Gross profit increased to $857.4 million from $728 million in the prior-year quarter. Non-GAAP gross margin from cloud services reached an all-time high of 74.6%, surpassing management’s expectations. Non-GAAP operating income aggregated $331.6 million compared with $198.4 million in the prior-year period, with respective margins of 31.1% and 21.3%.

Cash Flow & Liquidity

During the first nine months of fiscal 2024, Splunk generated $587 million net cash from operating activities compared with $173.6 million in the year-ago period. As of Oct 31, 2023, the company had $928 million in cash and cash equivalents with $3,104.9 million in long-term debt.

Splunk currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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