Intuit Inc. ( INTU Quick Quote INTU - Free Report) reported first-quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP earnings of 41 cents per share, beating than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 26 cents. Moreover, the figure was much higher than management’s guided range of 23-25 cents per share. The bottom line also improved 41% on a year-over-year basis. Further, this tax preparation-related software maker’s revenues grossed $1.17 billion, up 15% from the year-ago quarter’s adjusted revenues. The top line also outpaced the consensus estimate of $1.12 billion. Strong momentum in Online ecosystem revenues and growth in the Consumer business drove revenues.
Quarter in Detail Segment wise, Small Business and Self-Employed Group revenues jumped 15% year over year to $1 billion. This rise was primarily driven by solid growth in customers for QuickBooks Online, which led to a 41% year-over-year surge in accounting revenues. Online ecosystem revenues rose 35% to $501 million. Robust growth in U.K. subscribers enabled the company to hold the top position in terms of countrywide cloud accounting subscribers. Within QuickBooks Online payroll, a mix-shift to Intuit’s full-service offering, which is priced 75% higher than self-service, was a tailwind. Moreover, within QuickBooks Online payments, continued uptick in customer base and an increase in charge volume per customer aided revenue growth in this area. Online Services revenues grew 27%. The company recently launched a revenue streams dashboard to help customers easily compare revenues across products and services to better understand their business performance. A sturdy traction from the company’s lending product QuickBooks Capital was a positive as well. Additionally, the company’s QuickBooks Online Advanced solution, which is targeting the midmarket, seems promising. Desktop ecosystem revenues inched up 1% year over year to $545 million during the quarter. QuickBooks enterprise customers within Desktop ecosystem consistently grew at double-digit pace. In the fiscal first quarter, revenues from Consumer Group improved 11% year over year to $100 million while the same from Strategic Partners Group grew 15% to $19 million, boosted by a 6% rise in professional tax revenues. TurboTax Live is likely to be accretive to the company’s Consumer business going ahead. Operating Results The company posted non-GAAP operating income of $29 million, up 26% year over year. Operating margin expanded 100 basis points year over year to 11%. Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Intuit exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.63 billion compared with $2.12 billion sequentially. Long-term debt was $373 million compared with $386 million in the prior quarter. Cash used in operational activities was $127 million as of Oct 31, 2019. Outlook The company reiterated its guidance for fiscal 2020. Revenues are projected in the range of $7.44-$7.54 billion. Non-GAAP earnings per share are anticipated between $7.5 and $7.6. Non-GAAP operating income for the full fiscal is expected in the band of $2.52-$2.57 billion. For the full fiscal, Small Business and Self-Employed group is expected to grow 12-14% year over year whereas the Consumer Group is anticipated to increase 9-10%. Also, Strategic Partner Group is predicted to rise 1-2%. For the second quarter of fiscal 2020, the company envisions revenue growth of 11-13% within $1.67-$1.69 billion. It expects non-GAAP earnings in the $1-$1.03 per share bracket. This estimate accounts for a shift of marketing investments in Consumer Group into the fiscal second quarter. Intuit expects Online Ecosystem revenues to soar more than 30% in the forthcoming quarters. Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider Intuit currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Alteryx, Inc. AYX, Cirrus Logic, Inc. CRUS and Fortinet, Inc. FTNT, all flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here Long-term earnings growth rate for Alteryx, Cirrus Logic and Fortinet is currently pegged at 39.85%, 15% and 14%, respectively. The Hottest Tech Mega-Trend of All Last year, it generated $24 billion in global revenues. By 2020, it's predicted to blast through the roof to $77.6 billion. Famed investor Mark Cuban says it will produce ""the world's first trillionaires,"" but that should still leave plenty of money for regular investors who make the right trades early. See Zacks' 3 Best Stocks to Play This Trend >>