OpenText FY Q2 2023 Revenues Rise to $897 Million, Up 2.4 Percent YoY
by Daniel Newman and Michael Diamond | February 6, 2023

The News: OpenText recently reported its fiscal second quarter 2023 earnings were $897 million, up 2.4 percent (or 7.8 percent in constant currency) versus the prior year quarter period ending December 31, 2022. See the full earnings release from OpenText here.

OpenText FY Q2 2023 Revenues Rise to $897 million, Up 2.4 Percent YoY

Analyst Take: OpenText’s fiscal second quarter 2023 earnings grew 2.4 percent (7.8 percent in constant currency), or $897 million versus consensus estimates of $870 million. Also, the company posted second quarter earnings per share of $0.89, $0.11 higher than consensus estimates of $0.78.

Our view is the company remains in an excellent position as many organizations are in the process of digitally transforming themselves by identifying, connecting, unlocking, and protecting multiple silos of information from many entry points. OpenText positions its solutions as the connective tissue in helping companies achieve a more knowledge driven culture which ultimately drives competitive advantage — and it appears that messaging is resonating.

We observe OpenText continuing to do an excellent job of pursuing technology adjacencies that complement its existing platforms offering its robust partner ecosystem (e.g., MSPs, System Integrators, etc.) greater opportunities to up and cross-sell solutions into myriad departments. To be sure, on the cybersecurity front alone, OpenText has acquired many companies over the years such as Carbonite, Zix, Guidance Software, and Micro Focus, to name a few. In essence, based on the company’s acquisitive history, it makes sense the company will continue to double-down in the cybersecurity space in the future making further tuck-in acquisitions in the future.

To add more color, based on OpenText’s robust tools that help organizations unlock and fuse structured and unstructured data, this does come at a risk for organizations which means it must continue to invest in or acquire best-in-class tools to ensure all that intellectual capital remains inside company walls.

OpenText Q2 FY 23 Metrics

  • Revenues were $897.4 million, up 2.4 percent YoY.
  • Annual recurring revenues (ARR) represent 81 percent of total revenues.
  • Cloud Services & Subscriptions were $408 million, up 12 percent YoY.
  • Customer Support was $316.5, down 5.5 percent YoY.
  • License was $108 million, down 1.4 percent YoY.
  • Professional Services and Other were $64 million, down 4.8 percent YoY.
  • Non-GAAP gross margins were 76.0 percent vs. 76.4 percent, down 60 bps.
  • Non-GAAP based diluted EPS was $0.89 vs. $0.89 in the prior year quarter.

From cost optimization standpoint, OpenText remains committed to its $400 million cost reduction plan. More recently, at the end of January 2023, OpenText announced that it will reduce its global workforce by roughly 8 percent or 2,000 associates, which has an estimated cost of $70 million to $80 million. As we’re seeing across the board with other tech companies, OpenText plans to explore other areas to prune costs, such as redundant global facilities, automation, and procurement vendor consolidation with Micro Focus.

Wrapping it up, OpenText had a good quarter beating analyst estimates in revenues and earnings per share, which has been getting tougher for many companies due to the macroeconomic headwinds have challenged many. The company continues to grow its cloud revenues at an impressive clip and is committed to transforming itself by adding complementary acquisitions which adds greater levels of stickiness with its clients.

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About the Authors

Daniel Newman is the Chief Analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of The Futurum Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise. Read Full Bio

Michael Diamond is an industry analyst and foresight professional with 25 years of experience in the IT channel and market research industry. He is a route-to-market expert covering desktop and mobile devices, collaboration, contact center, ProAV, data center infrastructure, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Futurum Research, Michael worked for The NPD Group as the sole industry analyst covering indirect channels, cybersecurity, SMB and vertical market trends, data center infrastructure (e.g., enterprise storage, servers, networking), ProAV and PCs. He has been quoted by media outlets such as Bloomberg, Kiplinger, TWICE, OPI (Office Products International), Apple World today, Dark Reading, Enterprise Storage Forum, Credit-Suisse, Footwear News, CRN (Computer Reseller News), Channel Futures and Into Tomorrow.  Michael has presented at myriad events including The Channel Company’s Xchange, The Global Technology Distribution Council’s summit, SMB TechFest and more.