Posted on Tuesday, Apr 11th 2017
Technology startup Nutanix went public last October. After the initial surge post listing, the stock hasn’t seen many good days. Last month as the lockup period on the shares expired, the stock fell even further. It does still retain a Billion Dollar Unicorn status, albeit at reducing valuations.
Nutanix’s second quarter revenues grew 77% to $182.2 million, compared with the market expectations of $178.3 million. Loss per share came in at 66 cents. Adjusted loss of $0.28 per share was better than the Street’s forecast of a loss of $0.35 per share.
By segment, product revenues grew 71% over the year to $138.5 million, and support and other services revenues grew 103% to $43.7 million. Billings grew 59% to $227.4 million. It added 900 new customers during the quarter.
Nutanix expects revenues of $180-$190 million for the third quarter with a loss of $0.48-$0.45 per share. The loss forecast was significantly higher than the Street’s expectation of a loss of $0.35 per share. The market had estimated revenues of $187.4 million for the third quarter.
Nutanix’s Growing Competition
A report published by Gartner last year estimates the hyperconverged integrated systems market to have grown 79% to be worth $2 billion in 2016. The industry is expected to grow 24% to $5 billion by 2019. Nutanix is the market leader with nearly 50% market share followed by SimpliVity, which comes in a distant second with 20% market share. The rest of the market is very fragmented.
While Nutanix may be the leader, competition in the industry is heating up. Earlier this year, SimpliVity was acquired by HPE. This will help put HPE’s bigger channel behind SimpliVity’s offerings. It is expected to help combine HPE’s infrastructure, automation, and cloud management software with SimpliVity’s software-defined data management platform to help deliver the industry’s only built-for-enterprise hyperconverged offering. Last year, Cisco had expanded its offering in the form of the HyperFlex Systems portfolio that has already been shipped to more than 1,100 customers since launch. Dell has also completed its acquisition of EMC, a move that many believed would hurt Nutanix.
But Nutanix is not very concerned and continues to count on its partnerships and certifications to help maintain its lead. Certifications from Oracle, SAP, and Citrix are helping it push AHV deeper into the enterprise. Its increasing number of new customers are driven by its partnership with Dell-EMC and Lenovo. Dell-EMC is integrating Nutanix software on its PowerEdge servers, and Lenovo in integrating the software on its System x servers. Nutanix believes that despite Dell-EMC’s move to improve front-end compensation for selling that company’s VxRail offering, Dell-EMC is also continuing to do well with Nutanix because it is the only “brand that works at scale“.
The market is not all convinced. Some believe that the SimpliVity acquisition may have stirred Cisco’s desire to make it big in the market and Nutanix may be a viable candidate for acquisition.
Last month, the 180 day lockup period on the insider holding of the Nutanix stock ended. The sell-off following the expiration resulted in the stock falling 8% in a day. It is currently trading at $18.28 with a market capitalization of $2.7 billion. It had fallen to a 52-week low of $17.07 earlier this month. It had listed in October last year at $16 and had climbed to its high of $46.78 shortly thereafter.
More investigation and analysis of Unicorn companies can be found in my latest Entrepreneur Journeys book, Billion Dollar Unicorns. The term Unicorn was coined in a TechCrunch article by Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures.
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