A tale of two companies: Domo’s stock skyrocketed 21%, while Cloudera’s stock dropped almost 20%. Here’s why Wall Street is paying close attention to both

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A tale of two companies: Domo’s stock skyrocketed 21%, while Cloudera’s stock dropped almost 20%. Here’s why Wall Street is paying close attention to both

Domo and Cloudera, two enterprise companies without much else in common, reported their quarterly financials on Wednesday — and saw dramatic stock moves the day after.

Cloudera, which makes software for analyzing large amounts of data, dipped $2.90, or almost 20%, on Thursday after reporting revenue well above Wall Street expectations but disappointing future guidance. Analysts were watching this quarter especially closely because it was the first report after Cloudera’s merger with rival Hortonworks.

Meanwhile, Domo, which helps businesses keep track of all of their metrics in one place, beat expectations on revenue and gave guidance that was in line with what analysts wanted to see.

Analysts told Business Insider that Cloudera’s tumble is a sign of the skepticism around its merger with Hortonworks, while they believe that Domo’s rising fortunes are a sign that its new sales strategy is working.

The Cloudera and Hortonworks merger

Cloudera beat Wall Street estimates on Wednesday, reporting revenues of $144.5 million, versus estimates of $121.1 million.

However, Cloudera estimated revenue for the next quarter of $187 million to $190 million, while analysts forecasted $189.9 million — right at the top of that range. For fiscal year 2020, Wall Street is expecting to see $851.87 million in revenues, which is also toward the top of Cloudera’s new estimates of $835 million to $855 million.

Cloudera and Hortonworks sealed the deal and officially merged in January, which means that investors were paying even closer attention to this report than normal, said Dan Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities. And when Cloudera reported disappointing guidance, it “fanned the flames of those worries.”

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“When you make an acquisition like this, these two companies combining, Hortonworks and Cloudera, in the first 3-6 months of an acquisition, everything needs to be flawless in the eyes of the Street in order to get confidence,” Ives told Business Insider. “They definitely stumbled over their shoelaces in terms of guidance. That’s really been the focus of investors.”

Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly.
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Ives said that it’s possible that Cloudera was just being conservative in its estimates, and Wall Street may be worried over nothing. He’s bullish on the merger of Cloudera and Hortonworks because it makes sense on paper and could be a major step forward — especially in an era where similar tools from the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are picking up steam.

However, he said Cloudera needs to execute much better next quarter to prove the naysayers wrong and show that the companies are successfully integrated.

“The knee-jerk reaction is a bit of an overreaction,” Ives said. “In order to see the stock move significantly higher, there’s a lot more wood to chop in terms of sales acquisition and proving to the Street that this is a 1+1=3 acquisition and not 1+1=1.5.”

A smarter sales strategy for Domo

As for Domo, it reported quarterly revenues of $39.4 million on Wednesday, beating Wall Street’s predictions of $37.75 million. It also forecast revenues of $40 million to $41 million for the next quarter, compared with Wall Street’s estimates of $40.4 million, putting its guidance right in line with expectations.

For the full fiscal year 2020, Domo predicts revenues of $173 million to $174 million, compared with Wall Street estimates of $173.86 million, also in line with expectations.

Domo’s beat proves that its new sales plan is working, J. Derrick Wood, managing director at Cowen, said. Domo is a client of Cowen, according to the firm’s disclosures.

Before, Domo was selling to all sorts of businesses, from small- and medium-size ones to major enterprises. It spent its resources on research and development to build its platform, but the company wasn’t selling and showcasing its products correctly, he said.

This quarter, Domo finally realized that its platform is best-suited for larger enterprise customers, Wood said. As a result, Domo coalesced over building a strategy targeting these types of companies, learned to effectively sell to enterprises, and hired new sales leadership.

“One thing they did was embrace the CIO in the sales cycle,” Wood told Business Insider. “They can sell to marketing, they can sell to finance, but embracing the CIO at the same time was getting them to help customers realize the full potential of the platform and the endless use case possibilities around the platform.”

When Domo first went public last June, some experts warned investors to stay away, citing its high spend on sales and marketing, among other factors. But now, investor confidence in Domo appears to be growing.

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Wood said Domo will continue to be promising. He said the analytics market looks encouraging, and if Domo keeps up with its strategy, it “absolutely can be successful” and accelerate its revenue growth. He said Domo is already planning to grow its sales team.

“We think all these vendors can be very successful and Domo has a very unique platform with a lot of technology investment, so the product is there,” Wood said. “It’s just a matter of figuring out how to sell it and how to take it to market. That’s the key to unlocking success and growth and market share. That’s where we’re seeing early signs of improvement.”

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