Splunk (SPLK - Free Report) is on an acquisition spree. After acquiring security startup Phantom Cyber in February 2018 and Rocana in October 2017, the company recently announced the acquisition of VictorOps, which is a leader in DevOps incident management, for $120 million in cash and stock.
The acquisition is expected to close during Splunk’s fiscal second-quarter 2018. The addition of VictorOps will enable Splunk address the needs of DevOps, which is a rapidly growing domain of software engineering.
Per Fortune, VictorOps generates notifications, pulls relevant parties into chat groups, presents pertinent documents and keeps detailed records as teams work through coding problems.
Per Splunk management, “The combination of machine data analytics and artificial intelligence from Splunk with incident management from VictorOps creates a ‘Platform of Engagement’ that will help modern development teams innovate faster and deliver better customer experiences.”
Acquisitions Driving Growth Trajectory
Splunk has focused on acquisitions to expand its portfolio. The buyout of Phantom Cyber helped it to bolster its cybersecurity offerings. Phantom’s products help automate work IT security operations.
Notably, the acquisitions of Caspida and Metafor Software (both in 2015) helped it to offer behavioral analytics products.
Rocana, on the other hand, develops analytics solutions for the IT market. Splunk also acquired SignalSense in fiscal 2018, which strengthened its cloud-based data collection and breach detection solutions portfolio.
The strong portfolio and expanding clientele have been primary drivers behind Splunk’s strong top-line growth in recent times. In the last reported quarter, revenues surged 37.4% year over year to $311.6 million and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $298 million.
Splunk added more than 460 new customers in the quarter. The company had 43 orders of $1 million or more, as compared with 35 in the year-ago quarter.
Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
Currently, Splunk has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Stocks worth considering in the same sector are Twitter (TWTR - Free Report) , Upland Software (UPLD - Free Report) and Attunity (ATTU - Free Report) . All the three stocks sport Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth for Twitter is currently pegged at 23.10%, while both Upland Software and Attunity is expected to grow at 20%.
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