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The Reveal Of Salesforce's Big Bid For LinkedIn Makes This Analyst Nervous

The Reveal Of Salesforce's Big Bid For LinkedIn Makes This Analyst Nervous - Salesforce.com Inc NYSE:CRM

Patrick Walravens of JMP maintained a Market Perform rating on salesforce.com, inc. CRM 1.22% with an unchanged $92 price target ahead of the company's Q2 earnings print on August 31.

Walravens is expecting Salesforce's year-over-year billings estimate to now be $1.903 billion, an increase from the $1.887 billion he previously expected.

Walravens did state that while Salesforce's willingness to bid $27 billion to acquire LinkedIn "makes us nervous," he remains positive on the stock for several reasons: 1) checks suggest the company continues to experience "strong business momentum," 2) the company remains the "leading" CRM vendor, 3) a "reasonable" valuation at 24x CY17 EV/free cash flow.

On the negative front, Walravens said Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn "may have caused some ripple effects" within the Salesforce and LinkedIn development teams. The source added the product teams are "shell shocked they are getting sold to Microsoft…everything they were doing was about getting closer to salesforce.com and having a tighter integration."

Also, the analyst's due diligence suggests a Fortune 50 company is looking to replace its CRM system but Microsoft is the lead company to replace its vendor and prior losses to Microsoft's sales efforts prove to be "quite disappointing."

DateFirmActionFromTo
Aug 2016OTR GlobalDowngradesPositiveMixed
Jul 2016Morgan StanleyMaintainsOverweight
Jul 2016CitigroupMaintainsBuy

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