Why Canaccord Thinks Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE:VEEV) Weakness Is Opportunity To Accumulate Shares


Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE:VEEV) shares are down 21% today after the company released its fourth-quarter earnings, and announced its plans to acquire Qforma CrowdLink, a leading global solution provider for key opinion leader (KOL) data and services for life sciences’ brand, medical, and market access teams.

However, Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis sees the price dislocation as an opportunity to add to positions, as he would expect VEEV shares to advance at least as fast revenue growth in 2015. The analyst reiterated a Buy rating on the stock with a $36 price target, which represents a potential upside of 30% from where the stock is currently trading.

Davis stated, “Veeva continued to execute well in Q4, making strides in each of its three core business lines. This firm embodies the ideal qualities of a vertical cloud model – extremely efficient use of S&M spend (i.e., low cost per ARR dollar), recurring margins north of 50%, and best-in-class dollar retention, at nearly 140%. It seems that investors have likewise caught on to this, as VEEV shares trade at a revenue multiple surpassed only by the likes of WDAY and SPLK in the software universe. When you trade at premium valuation, there is an expectation of flawless execution. Last night was better than expected on nearly every line item; however, unguided cash flow came in light of estimates, driven entirely by the timing of collections on renewals.”

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Richard Davis has a total average return of 6.3% and a 58.6% success rate. Davis has a -8.4% average return when recommending VEEV, and is ranked #501 out of 3504 analysts.

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