Snowflake stock gains as company sees ‘signs of stabilization but not recovery’

Snowflake Inc. broke from its pattern of outlook cuts Wednesday afternoon as it kept its forecast for the full year steady, and its shares moved higher in the aftermarket.

“Our forecast assumes that our largest customers will continue to be a growth headwind,” Chief Financial Officer Michael Scarpelli said on the earnings call. “We are seeing encouraging signs of stabilization but not recovery.”

The company reported a fiscal second-quarter net loss of $227 million, or 69 cents a share, compared with a loss of $223 million, or 70 cents a share, in the year-prior period. On an adjusted basis, Snowflake

earned 25 cents a share, whereas the FactSet consensus was for 10 cents a share.

Revenue increased to $674 million from $497 million, while analysts were looking for $662 million. Snowflake generated $640 million in product revenue.

Snowflake’s stock rose 4% in Wednesday’s extended session.

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Snowflake had a net retention rate of 142% in the fiscal second quarter, compared with 151% in the fiscal first quarter.

Chief Executive Frank Slootman said in a release that Snowflake was benefiting from the frenzy around artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“Snowflake as the global epicenter of trusted enterprise data is well positioned to enable the growing interest in AI/ML,” he said. “Enterprises and institutions alike are increasingly aware they cannot have an AI strategy without a data strategy.”

For the fiscal third quarter, Snowflake expects $670 million to $675 million in product revenue. The FactSet consensus was for $675 million.

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For the full fiscal year, Snowflake expects $2.6 billion in product revenue, consistent with its prior forecast. In keeping the outlook steady, the company broke its pattern of recent guidance cuts.

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