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3 Reasons Salesforce.com Stock Is a Buy After Q2 Earnings

Shares of customer relationship management (CRM) leader Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) are rallying back toward their all-time high set last autumn.

The cloud software giant posted financial results that handily beat its own expectations for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 (the three months ended July 2021), and CEO Marc Benioff and his team had plenty of good news to report on continued long-term momentum. This top cloud stock remains a buy in my book following the earnings update for three reasons.

1. The core business is still going strong

Salesforce’s revenue increased 23% year over year to $6.34 billion — its first-ever quarter with over $6 billion in sales. Leading the charge with a more than 24% year-over-year increase to $1.88 billion was the largest of its four reporting segments, the “platform and other” unit, primarily made up of data management outfits MuleSoft and Tableau.

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Momentum is picking up, primarily because of the recent tie-up with Slack as well as the purchase of IT consulting firm Acumen Solutions, announced late in 2020. Slack and Acumen are expected to contribute $530 million and $200 million in revenue, respectively, during the second half of this year.

Those are big numbers, but considering Salesforce overall is forecasting full-year revenue to be at least $26.2 billion (a 23% annual increase, and up from previous guidance for as much as $26 billion), it’s Salesforce’s existing core business that is still driving results higher right now.

In all, the increase in the revenue forecast implies Salesforce’s existing business will haul in some $260 million more than previously thought. Even when backing out recent takeovers, Salesforce is still growing at a high teens percentage rate, putting it on track to reach Benioff’s goal of $50 billion in sales by fiscal year 2026 (which corresponds to calendar year 2025).

2. Slack is the new “digital HQ” for many organizations

As good as Salesforce’s core business growth has been, there is still a fair amount of criticism for the Slack takeover. At some $28 billionpaid out in a combination of cash and new Salesforce stock, it’s by far Salesforce’s largest purchase in a long string of takeovers that have augmented the CRM leader’s operations over the past two decades.

But Slack will be the biggest ever not just because of the price tag (management said stand-alone Slack sales grew 39% year over year in Q2, implying it brought in about $300 million in revenue). Salesforce has wasted no time making Slack the operating system for its Salesforce 360 CRM software suite.

With remote work and cloud-based operations now cemented in place as part of the new business normal, having Slack at the core of the Salesforce platform is a big deal. As Benioff and his team referred to it on the earnings call, Slack — as well asZoom Video Communications (NASDAQ: ZM)– are the new “digital HQ” for many organizations these days.

Rather than commute to the office, many workers now make a far shorter trip to their home office and immediately log in to Slack to start their day. Slack is thus helping Salesforce land new customer deals and expand on existing ones. A long list of new and expanded relationships mentioned on the earnings call include IBM (NYSE: IBM), PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), Coinbase Global (NASDAQ: COIN), and Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD).

Price tag aside, I expect Slack will feature prominently in the years ahead as Salesforce increasingly goes toe-to-toe with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) as a leading enterprise software firm.

3. A value-generation machine for stakeholders

Even when factoring in all the costs associated with Salesforce’s acquisition-heavy strategy, this is still a highly profitable outfit. It raised its expected operating profit margin for full-year fiscal 2022 to a range of 14% to 15% (from the previous 12% to 13%). Excluding acquisition-related expenses, free cash flow generated through the first half of this year was $3.23 billion, up 75% from the same period last year and good for a free cash flow profit margin of 26%.

Of course, a common argument that’s made is that Salesforce issues lots of new stock to pay for its expansion. As usual, I counter with this metric:An incredible growth in free cash flow per outstanding share over the last decade. Even when taking Slack into account, Salesforce continues to deliver incredible profit growth for shareholders.

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At about 48 times trailing-12-month free cash flow, I say Salesforce stock is still a fantastic buy. This cloud computing leader is growing at a brisk pace, highly profitable, and quickly going from a CRM software niche to the very fabric of operations for thousands of organizations around the globe. Salesforce remains a great company to make a core holding in your portfolio.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the official recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. Were motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

Why Amazon, Nvidia, and Salesforce Stocks Popped Today

What happened

Shares of Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) were up 2%, 2%, and 5%, respectively, as investors rotated back into high-quality growth stocks.

So what

Barron’s highlighted Amazon’s attractive growth prospects — in e-commerce, cloud computing, digital advertising, logistics, and healthcare — in a bullish report on Friday. Moreover, with Amazon’s share price treading water over the past year, Barron’s writers Eric Savitz and Max Cherney noted that Amazon’s current market capitalization could arguably be justified by the value of Amazon Web Services alone.

“Growth at Amazon Web Services is accelerating, and revenue from the unit could hit an annualized $100 billion by 2023,” Savitz and Cherney said. “Valuing that business at, say, 15 times sales (most cloud application companies fetch higher valuations than that), gives you a market cap of $1.5 trillion, meaning that investors are getting Amazon’s e-commerce business and its nascent advertising business almost for free.”

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And on Monday, Barclays analyst Raimo Lenschow reiterated his buy rating on Salesforce’s stock and boosted his price forecast on its shares from $285 to $291. If he’s correct, shareholders could enjoy gains of roughly 12% from the stock’s current price near $260.

Investors are likely looking ahead to Salesforce’s earnings report on Wednesday. Analysts are also keen to hear about the cloud software giant’s progress with its integration of popular messaging platform Slack Technologies, which it acquired for nearly $28 billion in July.

Meanwhile, investors continued to bid up shares of Nvidia following its impressive earnings report on Wednesday. The semiconductor titan saw its revenue surge 68% year over year to $6.51 billion, while its adjusted net income soared 92% to $2.6 billion.

Now what

Amazon, Salesforce, and Nvidia are some of the best businesses on the planet. Although their stocks can sometimes go out of favor among traders, it’s typically only a matter of time until investors are reminded of their powerful competitive advantages, massive growth opportunities, and sterling financial performances. Thus, today’s gains could be just the start of far larger upward moves in these tech titans’ stock prices in the year ahead.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the official recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. Were motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.