ADBE stock surged in after-hours trading on December 12, 2019, after the company reported.
Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 ended Nov. 29, 2019. Adobe reports Q4 adjusted EPS of $2.29 versus the consensus estimate of $2.26. The company reports Q4 revenue of $2.99B versus the consensus estimate of $2.97B. Creative revenue grew to $1.74 billion and Document Cloud revenue was $339 million. Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $8.40 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $539 million. Creative ARR grew to $7.31 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $1.09 billion. Digital Experience segment revenue was $859 million, representing 24 percent year-over-year growth.
In its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.99 billion, which represents 21 percent year-over-year growth. In fiscal year 2019, Adobe achieved record annual revenue of $11.17 billion, which represents 24 percent year-over-year growth.
“Adobe’s phenomenal performance in Q4 capped a record fiscal 2019 with revenue exceeding $11 billion,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “Adobe’s vision, category leadership, continuous product innovation and large and loyal customer base position us well for 2020 and beyond.”
“Adobe delivered another year of strong revenue growth and expanding profitability resulting in record earnings,” said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We are bullish about our opportunities and our ability to continue to deliver strong top- and bottom-line growth.”
On December 11, 2019, BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman raised his price target on Adobe to $350 and kept his Outperform rating, also boosting his FY20 EPS veiw by 12c to $9.75. The analyst contends that the company may reach 45% margins in FY23 barring additional M&A, with next year likely to see more margin upside than revenue upside. Bachman further states that Adobe shares are “reasonably, if not attractively, valued” with an enterprise value to revenue / revenue growth rate plus free cash flow margin multiple of 0.21-times, which is below the 0.3-times multiple average among its growth software peers.
Also on December 11, 2019, Cowen analyst J. Derrick Wood raised his price target on Adobe to $305 from $295 ahead of Q4 results on December 12. The analyst said his Digital Media partner survey showed an up-tick in growth performance during Q4 which bolstered his confidence in the company’s ability to execute. He believes some of the upside is already in the shares as the company recently raised its guidance. Wood reiterated his Outperform rating on Adobe shares.
On December 9, 2019, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss raised his price target on Adobe shares to $410 from $340 as he believes the durable earnings power of the more mature Digital Media segment appears undervalued given investors fears about the company’s other segment that accounts for the majority of revenues, namely and Digital Experience. However, he thinks improving and more consistent execution in Digital Experience could remove a weight from the stock’s multiple, Weiss tells investors. He keeps an Overweight rating on Adobe shares.