TIBCO Software (
disappointed investors last week, missing revenue estimates and
reporting inline EPS numbers.
The big data company reported revenue of $237 million,
slightly below the $242 million expectation. EPS came in at $0.18
per share, meeting the analyst estimate for the first quarter.
have been weaker in recent quarters as businesses conserve cash.
In fact, the earnings growth rate of the information technology
industry for next quarter has been reduced to -3.6% from 1.4%.
Moreover, the $85 billion in government spending cuts will
further lower information technology sales in coming quarters
since the Federal government accounts for 9% of global IT
Analysts have already sliced their forecasts for TIBX following
the first-quarter earnings report. The 2013 EPS estimate dipped
to $1.08 from $1.21, while the 2014 estimate was reduced to $1.27
from $1.41. Curiously, 15 of 22 analysts rate TIBX a buy, up from
14 last month.
Naturally, the reduced forecast and missed estimates plunged TIBX
lower last week. Though the shares recovered from being down 20%,
the stock finished 12% lower for the week.
Despite the fall, TIBCO owners don't have too much to fear. The
$19 level has proven to be an area that can halt nearly any
decline (blue arrows). In fact, this support region has been a
turning point during three severe declines. So the current
decline - from $24 to $20 - should be easy to stabilize by
This chart shows the price of
shares along with an important support level to
Though a slowdown is expected for tech earnings, global IT
spending will likely approach $2.1 trillion this year. And
roughly 26% of that amount will go toward software systems - the
likes of which TIBX provides.
Moreover, vast amounts of data are being stored and created each
day. Companies have more access than ever to large amounts of
data, but they face the hurdle of collecting, processing,
connecting the dots and gleaning insights from it. TIBX helps
companies make use of data, and I expect that their business will
be healthy for a while, despite the near-term weakness.
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