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Salesforce Shares Saw A Decline By 20% Since 2004

Salesforce’s stock saw its worst day in almost 20 years yesterday, when it closed down 20%.

TakeAway Points:

  • Following the company’s presentation of lower-than-expected fiscal first-quarter results on Wednesday, Salesforce shares plummeted 20% on Thursday.
  • Analysts claimed that during Salesforce’s first quarter, more general macroeconomic issues “returned with a fury.”
  • Despite the failure, a lot of analysts are upbeat about the company’s potential gains from using generative AI.

Salesforce Shares see 20% Decline on worst day

Salesforce’s stock had its worst day in almost two decades as of Thursday, when it finished 20% lower. July 4, 2004, the day the stock plunged 27% just days after the company went public, is the worst trading day in company history.

The decline follows Salesforce’s announcement on Wednesday of fiscal first-quarter results, which, for the first time since 2006, failed to meet Wall Street’s revenue projections. It provided less guidance than anticipated as well.

According to LSEG, the cloud software provider said that sales for the quarter rose 11% to $9.13 billion, falling short of the $9.17 billion experts had predicted.

Salesforce First Quarter

Salesforce projects adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter of between $2.34 and $2.36 on revenue of between $9.2 billion and $9.25 billion. In response to $9.37 billion in revenue, analysts polled by LSEG predicted adjusted earnings per share of $2.40.

During Salesforce’s first quarter, according to Citi analysts, broader macroeconomic challenges “returned with a fury.” The success of Salesforce was also impacted by modifications to its go-to-market strategy and issues with execution, they noted, while other software companies had also experienced a dip during this period.

The analysts lowered their price target for the stock from $323 to $260.

“With slowing growth, a lack of de-risked estimates and more active M&A, we are comfortable on the sidelines awaiting improving growth or more evidence of Data Cloud/GenAI momentum/monetization,” the Citi analysts wrote in a note Thursday.

However, the report stated that other firms took a more optimistic position.

Experts Analysis of Saleforce Shares

The analysts at Goldman Sachs maintained their buy recommendation on the shares, characterising Salesforce as a “high-quality software franchise.” Although they noted that they thought lowering interest rates, the end of the election cycle, and generative artificial intelligence would act as growth accelerators, the company will still need to win back investors’ trust.

Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note Wednesday that Salesforce is “an under-appreciated Gen-AI winner.” They also see room for “meaningful margin expansion to take place,” the note said.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley stated that it is difficult to look at Salesforce’s performance without feeling “slightly disturbed” about the company’s growth. Nonetheless, they think generative AI will help the business, especially in 2019. Experts still rated the stock as overweight.

“While the quarter was a disappointment and likely reduces investor conviction in a near-term rebound in growth, the evidence suggests impacts are more cyclical than secular,” they wrote in a note Thursday.

About Salesforce

Salesforce is a cloud-based software provider that gives companies the tools they need to identify more prospects, close more deals, and give their clients better service.

Salesforce, Inc. is a famous American cloud-based software company that provides CRM services.  For support, sales, and marketing teams worldwide, Salesforce is a well-liked CRM solution. 

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