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Salesforce Benefiting From Compounding Effect As Profitability Finally Following Top-Line

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Raimo Lenschow of Barclays reaffirmed his Overweight rating on salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) following strong quarterly results, driven by healthy 31 percent billings growth.

But, investors are concerned with guidance of just about 7 percent billings growth for the first quarter, when the company faces tough comps.

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That said, Lenschow believes the underlying fundamentals remain unchanged and growth will return to its normal trajectory following the first quarter.

“In this respect, we would use any weakness as a buying opportunity as Salesforce continues to grow healthy at scale and is now also starting to deliver better margins and cash flow,” Lenschow wrote in a note.

The analyst is also pleased with the fact that margins and cash are starting to follow solid topline, representing a compounding effect. The company’s guidance is looking for 125-150bp margin increase.

“We think CRM is truly a unique asset in the industry, the company has reached a scale that creates a huge barrier of entry for large enterprise players like Oracle and SAP. This is something that next generation vendors like Workday Inc (NYSE: WDAY) have not yet achieved,” Lenschow added.

At last check, shares of Salesforce rose 2.88 percent to $83.69. The analyst has a price target of $89.

Latest Ratings for CRM

DateFirmActionFromTo
Jan 2021Credit SuisseMaintainsOutperform
Jan 2021Piper SandlerDowngradesOverweightNeutral
Dec 2020B of A SecuritiesReinstatesBuy

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