The company, however, also reported another net loss, and with its sky-high valuation, its stock remains a risky bet.
Splunk makes software that helps companies analyze Web data, a fast-growing field. The company was founded in 2003, and it went public 2012. While its revenue has been growing fast, it has struggled to reach profitability. That struggle may last considering that tech giants IBM (IBM) - Get Report and Oracle (ORCL) - Get Report offer competing analytics software.
On Friday, shares of Splunk were down 2% to $68.23. The stock has fallen 28% during the past 12 months. Check out the chart, which looks at Splunk's stock and its margins, as well as at the margins and the stocks for Salesforce (CRM) - Get Report and Workday (WDAY) - Get Report , two other companies that offer cloud-based software and services.
Late on Thursday, Splunk reported a net loss of $57.1 million, or 47 cents a share, for its fiscal fourth quarter ended on Jan. 31, compared with a net loss of $32.6 million, or 30 cents a share, a year earlier. On a non-GAAP basis, earnings were $11.5 million, or 9 cents a share, which topped analysts' estimates.
Revenue rose 48% to $147.4 million, also higher than analysts' estimates.
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