Adobe Inc. shares rallied in the extended session Wednesday after the software company topped Wall Street expectations for the quarter and hiked its outlook, while anticipating its acquisition of interactive-design platform Figma will close by the end of the year.
Adobe ADBE, +0.08% shares rose 5% after hours, following a less than 0.1% gain to close the regular session at $333.61.
Adobe reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $1.25 billion, or $2.71 a share, compared with $1.27 billion, or $2.66 a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted earnings, which exclude stock-based compensation expenses and other items, were $3.80 a share. Revenue rose to a record $4.66 billion from $4.26 billion in the year-ago quarter for a seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year gains.
Analysts had forecast $3.68 a share on revenue of $4.62 billion, based on Adobe’s forecast of $3.65 to $3.70 a share on revenue of $4.6 billion to $4.64 billion.
In digital media, Adobe said annualized recurring revenue, or ARR, came in at $410 million, while analysts had forecast $376.1 million. ARR is a metric often used by software-as-a-service, or SaaS, companies to show how much revenue the company can expect based on subscriptions.
The company also forecast second-quarter earnings of $3.75 to $3.80 a share on revenue of $4.75 billion to $4.78 billion, and new digital media ARR of about $420 million, while the Street was looking for $3.76 a share on revenue of $4.75 billion and $388.7 million in ARR, according to FactSet.
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Adobe also raised its forecast to earnings of $15.30 to $15.60 a share for the year, with net new digital media ARR of $1.7 billion. A quarter ago, Adobe forecast full-year earnings of $15.15 to $15.45 a share on revenue of $19.1 billion to $19.3 billion, and net new digital media ARR of $1.65 billion, which had been slightly lower than Street estimates at the time.
Analysts had estimated $15.29 a share and ARR of $1.66 billion.
Adobe also said it still expects its $20 billion acquisition of privately held Figma to close by the end of the year despite a recent report the U.S. Department of Justice was planning to launch a lawsuit against the deal.
“We have completed the discovery phase of the U.S. DOJ second request and are prepared for next steps, whether that is an approval or a challenge,” Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s chairman and chief executive, told analysts on a conference call. “Adobe remains confident in the facts underlying the case, and based on current process timing, we believe the transaction continues to be on track for a close by the end of 2023.”
Over the past 12 months, Adobe shares are down 25%, compared with a 10% fall in the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF IGV, -0.20%, an 11% decline in the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.70%, and a 15% drop in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +2.77%.
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