Why Splunk Stock Is Sinking Today

Why Splunk Stock Is Sinking Today

Splunk Inc SPLK shares are trading lower Thursday after multiple analysts cut price targets on the stock following the company's earnings results. 

Splunk reported better-than-expected financial results Wednesday night, but lowered its total annual recurring revenue and cloud ARR expectations after some of the company's customers decided to opt for shorter contracts.

What Happened: Splunk said second-quarter revenue grew 32% year-over-year to $799 million, which beat average analyst estimates of $747.55 million, according to Benzinga Pro. The cloud software company reported quarterly adjusted earnings of 9 cents per share, which beat average analyst estimates for a loss of 35 cents per share.

Customers with total ARR greater than $1 million were up 24% year-over-year to 723 customers. 

Splunk expects third-quarter revenue to be between $835 million and $855 million versus the estimate of $834.82 million. Full-year revenue is expected to be between $3.35 billion and $3.4 billion versus the estimate of $3.33 billion.

Total ARR is expected to be approximately $3.65 billion for the full year, which is down from previous expectations of $3.9 billion. Cloud ARR is expected to be approximately $1.8 billion, which is down from the previous forecast of $2 billion.

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Analyst Assessment: Several analysts adjusted price targets on the stock following the company's quarterly results.

  • Credit Suisse analyst Phil Winslow maintained Splunk with an Outperform and lowered the price target from $180 to $150.
  • RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg maintained Splunk with an Outperform and lowered the price target from $143 to $139.
  • Mizuho analyst Gregg Moskowitz maintained Splunk with a Neutral and lowered the price target from $120 to $115.
  • Cowen & Co. analyst J. Derrick Wood maintained Splunk with a Market Perform and lowered the price target from $110 to $95.
  • Deutsche Bank analyst Brad Zelnick maintained Splunk with a Hold and lowered the price target from $125 to $117.
  • Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss maintained Splunk with an Equal-Weight and raised the price target from $128 to $133.

SPLK Price Action: Splunk has a 52-week high of $150.79 and a 52-week low of $84.63.

The stock was down 9.78% at $99.57 at time of publication.

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