In an exciting development, shares of Atlassian Corp. raced 16.2% higher after hours on Thursday following the workplace-collaboration cloud software developer's optimistic forecast for fiscal first-quarter sales. The company expects sales in the range of $950 million to $970 million, exceeding FactSet's estimates of $954 million.
A Promising Outlook
Anticipating a surge in demand, Atlassian is confident about its future financial performance. Despite a slowdown in IT spending over the past year, the company projects a 25% to 30% growth in cloud revenue for the full year.
Fourth Quarter Results
In the fourth quarter, Atlassian reported a net loss of $59 million or 23 cents per share. However, this should be juxtaposed against the net loss of $90.6 million or 36 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Undeterred by the loss, Atlassian saw its revenue rise by an impressive 24% to $939.1 million, compared to $759.8 million in the prior-year quarter.
Adjusted Earnings Beat Expectations
After accounting for stock-based compensation, amortization, and income tax adjustments, Atlassian's adjusted earnings reached an impressive 57 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected adjusted earnings of 44 cents per share. Moreover, the company generated a total revenue of $914.8 million, surpassing market expectations.
In conclusion, Atlassian Corp.'s positive outlook for the first quarter, along with its strong performance in the fourth quarter, demonstrates its resilience and potential for growth in the workplace-collaboration software industry.