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Adobe (ADBE) Q1 Earnings Top, Coronavirus Weighs on Guidance

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Adobe Inc. (ADBE - Free Report) reported first-quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP earnings of $2.27 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.22. The figure decreased 0.9% sequentially but increased 32.7% on a year-over-year basis.

Adjusted revenues jumped 19% year over year to $3.09 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.5%.

This upside was driven by strong demand for the company’s Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud products, along with growing subscription for cloud application.

Though the company’s fiscal first-quarter results topped expectations, its shares were down 9.6% due to lower-than-anticipated guidance for the fiscal second quarter due to headwinds related to coronavirus.

Management stated that the growing coronavirus crisis could delay enterprises booking decisions, reduce marketing spending and delay consulting service implementations. Consumers are reducing spending of late, which could affect the company’s top line in the fiscal second quarter.

Adobe Systems Incorporated Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


Top Line in Detail

Adobe reports revenues in three categories — subscription, product, and services & support.

Subscription revenues came in at $2.83 billion (accounting for 91.4% of its total revenues), up 22.6% on a year-over-year basis.

Product revenues totaled $143 million (4.6% of revenues), down 16.4% year over year.

Services &support revenues came in at $123 million (4% of revenues), decreasing 1.6% year over year.

Segment Details

The company operates in two reportable segments — Digital Media and Digital Experience.

Digital Media - This segment generated revenues of $2.17 billion, which increased 22% on a year-over-year basis. The segment comprises Creative Cloud and Document Cloud. Digital Media ARR came in at $8.73 billion. Strength in mobile and overall web traffic drove the Digital Media business.

In the segment, though the COVID-19 situation did not impact the overall business, the company witnessed weakness in China.

Creative Cloud (CC) generated $1.82 billion in revenues, reflecting 22% year-over-year growth. In addition, Creative ARR was up $329 million from the prior-year quarter to $7.58 billion. Growth drivers in the quarter were strong net new subscriptions across user segments and geographies. Product introductions, growth in emerging markets, solid demand for online video creation and improving average revenue per user across key offerings were other positives.

Document Cloud (DC) generated $351 million revenues, up 24% from the year-ago quarter. Moreover, Document ARR came in at $1.15 billion. This was driven by strong customer acquisition, and expanding portfolio of PDF mobile and web applications. Key wins in the quarter included Equifax, Gannett, Shell and Cummins.

Digital Experience - This segment generated revenues of $858 million, up 15% on a year-over-year basis. The segment includes Adobe Experience Cloud. Experience Cloud subscription revenues were $739 million in the fiscal first quarter, up 21% year over year.

Operating Details

Gross margin was 85.4%, which expanded 70 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis.

Adobe incurred operating expenses of $1.66 billion, reflecting a 13.5% year-over-year increase. As a percentage of total revenues, sales & marketing and research &development expenses decreased from the prior-year quarter, while general & administrative costs increased.

As a result, adjusted operating margin was 30.3%, reflecting an increase of 360 bps year over year.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

At the end of the fiscal first quarter, cash and short-term investment balance was $4.17 billion, slightly down from $4.18 billion in the prior quarter. Trade receivables were $1.39 billion, down from $1.53 billion recorded in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Cash generated from operations was $1.32 billion versus $1.38 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter. During the reported quarter, the company repurchased 2.4 million shares.


For second-quarter fiscal 2020, Adobe projects total revenues to be $3.175 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $3.22 billion. Adobe expects year-over-year revenue growth of 19% and 12% from Digital Media and Digital Experience segments, respectively.

Based on a share count of 486 million, management expects GAAP and non-GAAP earnings of $2.10 and $2.35 per share, respectively. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at $2.34 per share.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, Adobe carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Inc. (STMP - Free Report) , eBay Inc. (EBAY - Free Report) and Atlassian Corp. (TEAM - Free Report) . While and eBay sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Atlassian carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth for, Atlassian Corp. and eBay is currently projected at 15%, 22.3% and 11.3%, respectively.

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