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Salesforce (CRM) Shares Fell 6.97% Despite Upbeat Q1 Results

Analyst Team trader
Updated 2 Jun 2023

The Salesforce Inc (NYSE: CRM) share price fell 6.97% after releasing its financial results for the first quarter of 2023. The cloud services company generated revenues worth $7.41 billion, marking a significant increase of 24% year-over-year and 26% in constant currency.


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The company attributed most of its sales to subscription and support services, contributing $6.86 billion of its total revenues, marking a 24% year-over-year increase. In addition, revenues from professional services and other avenues were $0.56 billion, indicating a 30% increase from last year.

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The company lost value after recording the smallest increase in quarterly revenues since 2010, that is, in 13 years. The firm blamed weak demand from financial services companies and tech firms for the weaker results. 

Many businesses have taken measures to cut their spending on cloud services amid a challenging economic environment created by the high interest rates and inflation that have seen consumer demand plummet this year. 

Analysts remained optimistic about Salesforce due to its push towards AI-enabled services that could generate more revenues for the company combined with its existing data offering (Tableau) and its ability to integrate into the existing data stacks owned by companies. 

On a positive note, the company was able to ward off a potential proxy fight after Elliott Investment Management said it would not move forward with its director nominations. The company also registered higher capital expenditures than expected. 

Salesforce shares dropped despite reporting an earnings and revenue beat and lifting its full-year earnings guidance. In addition, the company’s capital expenditures rose to $243 million, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $205 million. 

Marc Benioff, Co-CEO, Salesforce, said: “We had another great quarter, delivering $7.4 billion in revenue, up 24% year-over-year. There is no greater measure of our resilience and the momentum in our business than the $42 billion we have in remaining performance obligation, representing all future revenue under contract. While delivering incredible growth at scale, we’re committed to consistent margin expansion and cash flow growth as part of our long-term plan to drive both top and bottom line performance.”

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Salesforce (CRM) share price. 

The Salesforce (CRM) share price fell 6.97% to trade at $207.70, from Friday’s closing price of $223.38. 


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