By Jon Swartz
Box Inc. shares initially climbed 6% in the extended session Wednesday after the enterprise-content platform reported fiscal first-quarter results that illustrated hunger among large customers for work-collaboration technology that, in turn, exceeded Wall Street estimates. The shares subsequently cooled to a 0.5% gain.
Box /zigman2/quotes/208773138/composite BOX -2.59% reported a narrowing loss of $25.6 million, or 17 cents a share, compared with a loss of $36.8 million, or 25 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted earnings were 10 cents a share, compared with a loss of 3 cents a share a year ago. Revenue improved 13% to $183.6 million from $163 million a year ago.
Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected adjusted earnings of 5 cents a share on sales of $182 million.
“The quarter was about driving expansion in large enterprises, and they adopted it in a healthy way,” Box Chief Executive Aaron Levie told MarketWatch in a phone interview shortly after the results were announced. The company said it inked 40 deals of at least $100,000; in the same quarter a year ago, it was 33.
Box estimates fiscal-year revenue of between $760 million and $768 million. FactSet analysts are projecting $761 million.
Demand for Box’s cloud content-management solutions and remote-working software and services got a boost as more people worked from home. The company’s cloud content-management customers include Microsoft Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +0.76% , International Business Machines Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203856914/composite IBM +0.98% , Splunk Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203060494/composite SPLK -1.82% , Adobe Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200389143/composite ADBE +0.71% and Alphabet Inc.’s Google /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL +1.94% /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +1.85% .
Box shares are up 17% this year. The broader S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.45% is down 6% in 2020.