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Salesforce shares after hitting price highs and raising forecasts

24 September 2021
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Salesforce shares after hitting price highs and raising forecasts

The state of the company's stock

Salesforce (CRM) stock rose 7 percent on Thursday after the company raised its sales forecast for 2022 and 2023. Several analysts have raised their target prices on Salesforce stock.

Salesforce (CRM) shares, up 24.86% since the start of 2021 and 35.25% in the past six months, rose sharply by 7.2% on Thursday, hitting a one-year price high.

Salesforce's revenue statistics from 2018 show a perfect quarter-on-quarter growth pattern with a rate of 20%-35%.

In the last reported quarter, the company reported a new record and crossed the $6 billion milestone in total revenues for the period from May to July.

Salesforce raises forecasts

The revenue forecast for the financial year 2022, which ends on 31 January 2022, has been raised from a range of $26.2bn to $26.3bn to $26.25bn to $26.35bn.

Salesforce's revenue forecast for fiscal 2023 is between $31.65bn and $31.80bn, above analysts' average estimate of $31.52bn.

Salesforce and Slack

On July 21, Salesforce completed the largest deal in its history, acquiring Slack, maker of remote team collaboration and web conferencing software, for $27.7 billion.

Today, Salesforce calls Slack its digital headquarters and encourages all of its customers to take advantage of the software as it is integrated into Salesforce's platforms.

The acquisition of Slack also enables Salesforce to compete more with Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT) and SAP SE (SAP).

In the final month of the summer, Salesforce had told analysts that Slack's acquisition would have a negative impact on business margins. But in July, the company announced that 2023 the operating margin for the year is about 20%, above market analysts' expectations of 19.2%. Salesforce Chief Financial Officer Amy Weaver told analysts that Slack's acquisition has boosted the company in many respects and that strong results could boost the business margin slightly.

Salesforce has the world's number one digital cloud platform for customer relationship management (CRM), which is in high demand as companies shift to selling through digital channels. Salesforce is also a leader in artificial intelligence technology, workflow automation and the collection, integration and analysis of data from disparate sources.

Market experts also cite Salesforce as one of the main beneficiaries of the growing work-from-home trend.

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