Salesforce.com Reports $1.4 Billion 2010 Revenue Growth
Salesforce.com reported fiscal 2010 revenue of $1.3 billion as it continues to benefit from the rapid expansion of the on-demand enterprise software market. Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff said Salesforce.com's portfolio of cloud sales, service, application development products and its new Chatter business collaboration platform should allow his company to enjoy strong growth for years to come.Salesforce.com continued to reap rewards from the rapid growth of the enterprise cloud software business as it reported record full year revenue for fiscal 2010 of $1.3 billion, a 21 percent year-over-year increase.
Furthermore, Benioff claimed that its growth was achieved in part through competitive sales successes over its major competitors in the CRM software market, Oracle - Benioff's former employer, Microsoft and SAP.
Benioff said the company is looking forward to "massive" growth opportunities in future years because it has diversified it Web-based software portfolio way beyond its original sales force automation applications to what it is calling its Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, which is a range of customer service applications and analytics, along with the Custom Cloud, which are tools for rapidly building new applications and customizing existing ones.All three of these product areas produced "exceptional growth" during the previous year and represent the company's "three pillars of growth" in the years ahead along with its Force.com application development platform, he said.
The company has also started a private beta of its Chatter business collaboration platform in February, but Benioff said that won't contribute significantly to revenue growth until it goes into production later this year. When it goes into production it will represent an important fourth pillar of future growth for the company.
With these products in place it means "every business, of every size and every industry with access to the Internet through any device is now" a prospective Salesforce.com customer, Benioff said. For its fourth fiscal quarter, Salesforce.com reported $354 million in revenue, an increase of 22 percent and operating cash flow totaled $92 million, up 21 percent over the year ago quarter. This generated earnings per share of 16 cents per share up 41 percent over the year ago quarter. For the full fiscal year Salesforce.com produced earnings per share of 63 cents per share up 82 percent over fiscal 2009 with operating cash flow totaling $271 million up 18 percent over the previous year.
Deferred revenue, or revenue in the pipeline from continuing subscriptions and licenses, an important measure in the software industry, totaled $704 million, a 19 percent year-over-year increase.