Why Shares In Kofax Limited Plummeted

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Kofax-logoWhat: Shares of Kofax (LSE: KFX) dived in early trade after the software provider revised down its full-year revenue and earnings guidance. Several deals, totalling approximately $6m, weren’t completed in the expected timeframe, and the revenue is expected to be collected when the deals are closed during the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2015. The share price tumbled 17% on news.

So what: The chief executive of Kofax, Reynolds C. Bish, said that he is “disappointed with these results”. Kofax reported revenue of $78.2m for the year ended June 2013, and offered a cautiously optimistic outlook for the following year, with revenue growth driven by new software licences. At the time the firm expressed that trading volatility was always going to be a risk.

Now what: The long-term financial model, based on low double-digit revenue growth, and an adjusted EBITDA margin of over 20%, remains unchanged. The board is “confident in our business strategy and future”. Shares in Kofax trade at 18 times forecast earnings and there is no dividend — the board, rather, would prefer to invest in growing the business.

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Mark does not own shares in Kofax.