WDAY Stock Overview
Workday, Inc. provides enterprise cloud applications in the United States and internationally.
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Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||US$159.50|
|52 Week High||US$307.81|
|52 Week Low||US$134.10|
|1 Month Change||-0.25%|
|3 Month Change||7.76%|
|1 Year Change||-38.15%|
|3 Year Change||-8.50%|
|5 Year Change||46.82%|
|Change since IPO||227.58%|
Recent News & Updates
Workday: Priced For The Illusion Of Safety
Summary Workday's Analyst Day attempts to describe its path to $10 billion in revenues. However, Workday fails to provide concrete details on how long it will take to get to $10 billion of revenues. What Workday does highlight is that once it gets to $10 billion in revenues, its stock-based compensation will moderate as a percentage of revenues. According to my estimates, the stock is priced at 29x next year's non-GAAP operating profits, before taxes and interest. For a company that's clearly growing at 20% CAGR, paying this premium leaves WDAY stock somewhat fully priced. Investment Thesis Workday (WDAY) has a lot going for it, but one thing stands out above the rest. This is no longer a high-growth business. Meanwhile, investors continue to crowd into the stock as they perceive the safeness of Workday's blue-chip status. Workday's recent Analyst Day dangles a carrot for investors that it will reach $10 billion in revenues. But Workday fails to contextualize when. For my part, I contend that paying 29x next year's operating profits for a business that's evidently growing at 20% CAGR is simply too much and doesn't afford investors enough margin of safety. No Longer a High Growth Business WDAY revenue growth rates The graph above speaks for itself. We are facing a company that is clearly growing at 20% CAGR and no faster. Indeed, it's now a good number of years since Workday was a high-growth company. And while the bull case here is that Workday is highly entrenched in the workplace and will be able to continue to raise prices in an inflationary environment, I question just how much of that thesis has already been priced in. What's Next for Workday Workday is a human resources, finance, and planning solutions platform. Workday's platform is used by over half of the Fortune 500. This is really a blue-chip company servicing the leading blue-chip enterprises. WDAY investor day The main problem facing Workday is succinctly summarised above. What we can see here is that the majority of its growth is coming from its ability to expand and cross-sell to its customer base. WDAY investor day Again, you can see this from another angle. The number of products per customer continues to be the driving force here, rather than a significant uptick in customers. Hence, I argue that this means that Workday is saturating the reach of its platform with potential customers. Let's Discuss Workday's Profitability Profile The graphic that follows is from Workday's Investor Day too. It is a signal to investors that SBC expense is something that Workday is mindful about. WDAY Investor Day What you see highlighted above is that once Workday reaches $10 billion in revenues, its SBC will moderate. Needless to say that to go from $5 billion in revenues to $10 billion is a long way away. In fact, it's interesting to note that even though Workday highlights to investors its non-GAAP margins in Q2 2023 reached 20%, its clean GAAP margins were negative 2%. A substantial discrepancy. WDAY Stock Valuation - 29x Next Year's non-GAAP Earnings Let's make some assumptions. We know that Workday is guiding for approximately $6.2 billion in revenues this year. And if we assume that Workday continues to grow its revenues at 20% CAGR into next year, it's likely that revenues reach $7.5 billion. WDAY Investor Day Next, if we assume 20% as Workday's non-GAAP operating margins next year, emphasized in the slide above, that would put its operating profits at approximately $1.5 billion. Then, on top of that, we should consider around 10% dilution to its diluted number of shares outstanding. Altogether the stock is priced at 29x not this year's but next year's non-GAAP operating profits. A figure that comes before taxes and interest. The problem with Workday's valuation is that it's not entirely cheap for what's on offer. That being said, let's be honest, tech has seen a dramatic re-rating lower of multiples across the board. And with Workday priced at 5x next year's revenues, it's essentially an interest rate bet at this point. If interest rates continue to move higher, we should expect further compression in the multiple. While if interest rates somehow positively surprise investors by stabilizing quicker than many expect, there could be some multiple expansion driving the stock higher. The Bottom Line To be clear, there's a lot to like about Workday. It's a steady-as-you-go company, that's not going to provide investors with much in the way of negative surprises.
|WDAY||US Software||US Market|
Return vs Industry: WDAY underperformed the US Software industry which returned -28.6% over the past year.
Return vs Market: WDAY underperformed the US Market which returned -18.8% over the past year.
|WDAY Average Weekly Movement||5.7%|
|Software Industry Average Movement||8.7%|
|Market Average Movement||6.9%|
|10% most volatile stocks in US Market||15.6%|
|10% least volatile stocks in US Market||2.9%|
Stable Share Price: WDAY is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 6% a week.
Volatility Over Time: WDAY's weekly volatility (6%) has been stable over the past year.
About the Company
Workday, Inc. provides enterprise cloud applications in the United States and internationally. The company’s applications help its customers to plan, execute, analyze, and extend to other applications and environments, and to manage their business and operations. It offers a suite of financial management applications, which enable chief financial officers to maintain accounting information in the general ledger; manage financial processes; identify real-time financial, operational, and management insights; enhance financial consolidation; reduce time-to-close; promote internal control and auditability; and achieve consistency across finance operations.
Workday, Inc. Fundamentals Summary
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Earnings & Revenue
|WDAY income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||US$1.58b|
Last Reported Earnings
Jul 31, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||-0.77|
|Net Profit Margin||-3.46%|
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