Salesforce stock falls over 5% on earnings and sudden departure of co-CEO Bret Taylor

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Salesforce cofounder and co-CEO Marc Benioff speaks during the grand opening of the Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in San Francisco, Calif., Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
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Salesforce reported earnings and revenue on Wednesday that beat analyst expectations. It also announced that co-CEO Bret Taylor is stepping down. CEO and Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff will the be sole person in charge of the company.

Salesforce stock fell over 6% in extended trading.

Here’s how the company did versus Refinitiv consensus estimates for the quarter ending in October:

  • EPS: $1.40, adjusted, versus $1.21 expected by analysts
  • Revenue: $7.84 billion versus $7.82 billion expected by analysts

Salesforce said it expected between $7.9 billion to $8.03 billion in revenue in the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, lower at the midpoint than analyst expectations of $8.02 billion in sales in the fourth quarter. The company also said it would take a $900 million hit in sales because of foreign currency effects.

Salesforce’s total revenue increased 14% year-over-year. Last quarter, Salesforce trimmed its year-end estimates for both revenue and earnings, citing a weaker economic cycle. It reaffirmed those estimates on Wednesday.

Salesforce said that its operating cash flow came in at $313 million for the quarter, which was a decrease of 23% year-over-year.

Subscription and support revenue, which includes the company’s flagship Sales Cloud software and comprises the majority of the company’s sales, came in at $7.23 billion, which was up 13% year-over-year.

The Platform and Other category that includes Slack reported $1.51 billion in sales, an 18% increase year-over-year.

Salesforce spent $1.7 billion on share repurchases during the quarter, the company said.

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