Salesforce’s stock is up 7% after beating Wall Street’s expectations

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce
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Salesforce’s stock popped 7% in after market trading Thursday after the cloud software company topped Wall Street expectations and delivered a rosy forecast for the current quarter.

Its revenue for this quarter increased 22% from this time last year.

Salesforce also raised its guidance for the entire year to $16.9 billion. Previously, it was $16.10 to $16.25 billion. On the earnings call, co-CEO and chairman Marc Benioff cited Salesforce’s acquisition of Tableau as one reason for its raised guidance.

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“The trust our customers have in us to drive their digital transformations is reflected in our strong quarterly results across our clouds and regions,” Keith Block, co-CEO of Salesforce, said in a statement.

Here’s what Salesforce reported:

  • EPS (adjusted): $0.66. Analysts forecasted $0.47.
  • Revenue: $4 billion. Wall Street expected $3.95 billion.
  • EPS (next quarter): $0.65 to $0.66. Analysts predicted $0.61.
  • Revenue (next quarter):$4.44 billion to $4.45 billion. Wall Street expected $4.25 billion.

Just July, Salesforce announced a partnership with Chinese cloud and e-commerce giant Alibaba. Analysts said this would give Salesforce more business opportunities in China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

“We’re excited about our new relationship with Alibaba,” Block said on the earnings call.