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Expect Range-Bound Trading In Splunk Following Q3 Report

Expect Range-Bound Trading In Splunk Following Q3 Report

Barclays expects range-bound trading in Splunk Inc (NASDAQ: SPLK) as solid quarterly results were partially offset by lower-than-expected short-term deterred revenue.

Solid Print

Splunk had a solid Q3 print, with revenue and EPS both topping consensus estimates, revenue growth of 40 percent and billings growth of 37 percent. But, short-term deterred revenue came in slightly below consensus mainly due to tough comps.

“While we like the ongoing healthy growth, we believe investors will continue to struggle given the many moving parts around revenue and billings; hence we expect the shares to continue to be range bound and maintain our Equal Weight rating,” analyst Raimo Lenschow wrote in a note.

Management commented that large cloud orders closed in the quarter impacted variability in cloud results as average order size for seven figure orders were down approximately $500,000.

Run Rate And A Look Forward

Further, Lenschow said the increased cloud run rate is impacting margins despite improvements in the underlying cloud profitability.

Lenschow has a price target of $56 on Splunk shares, which currently rose 3.98 percent to $59.66. About 5.21 million shares changed hands on Wednesday versus its three-month average of 1.60 million shares.

At last check, Splunk shares were up 2.91 percent at $59.05.

Latest Ratings for SPLK

Dec 2020Daiwa CapitalInitiates Coverage OnNeutral
Dec 2020RosenblattInitiates Coverage OnBuy
Dec 2020Credit SuisseMaintainsOutperform

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