Adobe revenue, profit forecast miss estimates, shares slip

Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:46pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc's lower-than-expected revenue and profit forecast for the current quarter overshadowed a strong rise in net subscriptions for its Creative Cloud software suite, sending its shares down 3.5 percent in extended trading.

The company also said on Thursday that David Wadhwani, head of its digital media, was leaving to pursue a CEO opportunity.

Adobe has been switching to web-based subscriptions from traditional licensed software to help attract more predictable recurring revenue.

Recurring revenue had reached 73 percent of total revenue, Chief Financial Officer Mark Garrett said in a statement.

The company said it added 684,000 Creative Cloud net subscriptions in the quarter ended Aug. 28, compared with the 640,000 net additions that analysts had expected, according to research firm FactSet Street Account.

Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator and Indexing, is the biggest of the company's cloud businesses. The other two are Marketing Cloud and Document Cloud.

Adobe said it had 5.3 million Creative Cloud subscriptions at the end of the third quarter.

Bryan Lamkin, who currently leads Document Cloud, will lead the combined digital media business, which includes Creative Cloud, the company said.

Adobe raised its full-year annualized recurring revenue forecast for the digital media to $2.95 billion from $2.93 billion.   Continued...

 
Adobe company logos are seen in this picture illustration taken in Vienna July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger