Workday Warns of ‘Elevated Sales Scrutiny’ in Warning for Software

(Bloomberg) — Workday Inc. shares fell the most in more than four years after the software maker cut its full-year subscription revenue forecast and said customers were more cautious with the orders.

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Subscription sales will reach $7.73 billion in the fiscal year ending in January, up from an earlier forecast of $7.78 billion, the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company said Thursday. Subscription revenue is a key metric for Workday, which provides software for business tasks, such as workforce management.

The stock fell 13% to $227.06 as of 10:36 a.m. in New York, the biggest intraday decline since March 2020. The stock is down 18% this year.

“Our updated subscription revenue guidance reflects the increased sales scrutiny and lower customer growth we experienced during the quarter,” Chief Financial Officer Zane Rowe said in a statement.

CEO Carl Eschenbach, who took over as sole CEO in February, is seeking growth by expanding sales abroad and entering new sectors in the United States.

For the fiscal first quarter, subscription sales rose 19% to about $1.82 billion, in line with the average analyst estimate. Earnings, excluding certain items, were $1.74 per share. Analysts on average expected $1.58, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“Clearly, the in-line results and downgraded outlook were below what investors were looking for,” Kirk Materne, an analyst at Evercore ISI, wrote in a note after the results were released.

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