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Analyst: Autodesk's Price Increase Is A Long-Term Positive

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Analyst: Autodesk's Price Increase Is A Long-Term Positive

Barclays analyst Saket Kalia maintains his Overweight rating on Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), saying the biggest takeaway from the quarterly print was the planned increase in maintenance prices by about 38 percent over the next three years.

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The analyst said the increases are not only higher, but earlier than his expectations, and would drive more conversions to the new model. The price increase for maintenance will be 5 percent from May 7, then another 10 percent in FY 2019 and another 20 percent in 2020.

“Customers would trade in their perpetual license and lock in a subscription fee for three years that would be 60 percent less than if they had bought a new subscription from scratch,” Kalia wrote in a note.

The analyst models about 30 percent of the 2 million subscribers to convert in FY 2018, 50 percent in 2019 and 15 percent in 2020.

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Meanwhile, the company reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results, but provided a mixed outlook for the first quarter and FY 2018:

  • Autodesk reported fourth-quarter adjusted EPS $(0.28) versus $(0.34) estimated.
  • Sales came in at $479 million versus the estimated $473.6 million.
  • Autodesk sees first-quarter adjusted EPS $(0.27)–$(0.21) versus the estimated $(0.13).
  • Sales are guided $460 million–$480 million versus the estimated $496 million.
  • Autodesk sees fiscal-year 2018 adjusted EPS $(0.73)–$(0.56) versus $(0.56) estimate.
  • Sales $2 billion–$2.05 billion versus estimated $2.03 billion.

Kalia said FY 2018 outlook was hurt by consumer products that were upfront revenues now being de-emphasized.

“Looking past that, we think the conversion will prompt investors to look at FY 2020E FCF of ~$1.4 billion, which underpins our $105 PT,” Kalia added.

At last check, shares of Autodesk were down 2.08 percent to $85.50.

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Latest Ratings for ADSK

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Jul 2020OppenheimerUpgradesPerformOutperform
Jul 2020Morgan StanleyMaintainsEqual-Weight
Jun 2020KeyBancMaintainsOverweight

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