Autodesk tumbles on soft guidance, negative tone; analysts downgrade By

© Shutterstock Autodesk (ADSK) tumbles on soft guidance, negative tone; analyst downgrades

By Senad Karaahmetovic

Autodesk (NASDAQ:) delivered an in-line earnings report but soft guidance pushed shares lower in after-hours trading Tuesday. Moreover, the company slashed its full-year billings guidance.

Autodesk reported a Q3 of $1.70 on revenue of $1.28 billion, in line with the average analyst estimates. While revenue increased 14% year-over-year, the subscription net revenue came in at $1.19B, missing the estimate of $1.21B.

For this quarter, Autodesk said it expects EPS to come in at $1.80 (the midpoint), missing the $1.83 consensus. Revenue is seen between $1.303B and $1.318B, again below the $1.33B estimate.

ADSK lowered its full-year guidance for billings to a range of $5.57-5.67B from the prior $5.71-5.81B, and lower than the consensus of $5.73B. The adjusted operating margin is seen at 36%.

The company also announced its Board approved a $5B stock buyback program.

The company’s CFO, Debbie Clifford, said on the earnings call that clients are shifting towards annual contracts and are generally less interested in multi-year invoicing.

Mizuho analysts downgraded ADSK to Neutral from Buy with a $210 per share price target (down from $260).

“Given an increasingly uncertain operating environment, we find it difficult to continue recommending the name going into a more challenging FY24, and believe that a modest valuation discount to the broader enterprise software group is therefore justified,” they explained in a downgrade note.

Oppenheimer analysts said that lowered billings and free cash flow guidance are “unlikely to satisfy investor appetites.” The analysts cut the price target to $220 from the prior $255 per share.

“We expect pressure on shares with investors looking for modest upside following positive partner commentary and peer group earnings,” the analysts said in a note.

As of 07:35 ET (12:35 GMT), ADSK shares are down over 10%.