Posted on Monday, Dec 14th 2020
Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) recently reported its quarterly results that outpaced market expectations. The company continues to drive acquisitions and product innovations to address
a $147 billion total addressable market opportunity. Adobe’s Financials
Adobe’s fourth quarter revenues grew 14% to $3.42 billion, ahead of the market’s estimates by 1.91%. Adjusted EPS of $2.81 also beat analyst estimates of $2.25.
By segment, revenue from the Digital Media segment grew 20% to $2.50 billion with Creative revenue growing to $2.08 billion and Document Cloud growing to $411 million. Revenue from the Digital Experience segment was $877 million.
Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) grew to $10.18 billion exiting the quarter, a q-o-q increase of $548 million. Creative ARR grew to $8.72 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $1.46 billion.
Adobe ended the fiscal year 2020 with a record annual revenue of $12.87 billion, up 15% and non GAAP EPS was $10.10. Digital Media segment revenue was $9.32 billion, with Creative and Document Cloud at $7.74 billion and $1.50 billion, respectively. Digital Experience segment ended the year with $3.40 billion driven by 17% growth in subscription bookings.
Adobe expects to end the first quarter with revenues of $3.04 billion with non GAAP EPS of $2.23. The market was looking for revenues of $3.51 billion with an EPS of $2.60.
For the year 2021, Adobe expects revenues of $15.15 billion and non GAAP EPS of $11.20. Revenue from Digital Media is expected to grow 19%, Digital Experience is expected to grow 19%, and Digital Experience subscription is expected to grow 22%.
Adobe’s Workfront Acquisition
During the quarter, Adobe announced the acquisition of Utah-based Workfront for an estimated $1.5 billion. Workfront is a leading work management platform for marketers that has over 3,000 customers with over million users. Workfront has extensive integration capabilities that allow it to meet the different needs of companies of all sizes. It has been a longstanding partner with Adobe and has a strong product synergies, a growing base of over 1,000 shared customers, and APIs that enable a seamless connection to Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud.
Adobe plans to leverage the acquisition to provide efficiency, collaboration, and productivity gains to marketing teams that are challenged with work management solutions. The acquisition of Workfront will help brands with access to a single system which has the capabilities to support planning, collaboration, and governance, allowing them to unlock organizational productivity.
Workfront was privately held prior to the acquisition. It had raised $375 million from five rounds of funding from investors including Susquehanna Growth Equity, W Capital Partners, AB Private Credit Investors, Greenspring Associates, JMI Equity, Atlas Peak Capital, Sorenson Capital, and Scott Cunningham. Its financial details were not disclosed.
Adobe estimates its total addressable market in 2023 at $147 billion. The Adobe Experience Cloud is the biggest segment of the market accounting for $85 billion. This is broken up into $26 billion for customer data and insights, $44 billion for content and commerce and $15 billion for customer journey management, which includes products like campaign and email marketing. The Creative Cloud market is its second big opportunity with $41 billion split almost evenly between creative pros such as Creative Cloud apps and the broader communicator and consumer segments such as Spark and Premiere Rush. Document Cloud is its smallest segment with a $21 billion opportunity split roughly evenly between visitor acquisition and the document services platform.
With a growing range of products and services, Adobe is hopeful of being able to cross $15 billion in revenues in the coming year, still leaving a huge market opportunity ahead of it.
Adobe’s stock is currently trading at $475.91 with a market capitalization of $228.3 billion. It touched a 52-week high of $536.88 in August. It was trading at a 52-week low of $255.13 in October last year.
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