Salesforce Stock (NYSE:CRM)
Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) may enter a time of turbulence as it contends with activist investors attempting to overhaul the business-software giant’s board of directors. Moreover, Chief Executive Marc Benioff has been attacked for his reaction to the company’s intention to lay off 10% of its staff.
But, according to Kash Rangan, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, this does not imply that investors should sell their Salesforce stock.
Rangan maintained his buy recommendation on the Salesforce stock on Thursday. He boosted his price target to $310 per share, stating that the firm “is at an inflection point that may catapult it into the top echelons of highly valuable digital companies.” Rangan’s research report was published on Thursday.
After overcoming macroeconomic challenges and restructuring “hurdles,” Rangan sees a long-term “opportunity” for Salesforce, where he anticipates revenue growth to accelerate and operating margins to exceed 30%.
Rangan claimed that the “execution challenges” that Salesforce is dealing with prompted him to decrease his sales projection for the company’s fourth quarter by $140 million. Salesforce is scheduled to publish its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings in March. In addition, Rangan expressed his confidence that the actions being taken by the corporation “may lead to an improvement in efficiency over the next few years.”
CEO Marc Benioff has come under criticism for handling employee concerns about planned layoffs at Salesforce, which might result in eliminating as many as 7,000 positions. After speaking for two hours on the layoffs at a business meeting, Benioff said the attempt failed because he was trying to “explain the incomprehensible.” He subsequently left for a 10-day “digital detox” trip to French Polynesia.
However, there have been rumors that Salesforce and activist investor Elliott Management, which is said to be drafting a slate of directors to nominate at the Salesforce stock annual shareholders meeting, would soon strike an agreement to avoid a proxy war.
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