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Salesforce Announces Strong First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

Q1 results

Raises FY23 GAAP Operating Margin Guidance to ~3.8% and Non-GAAP Operating Margin Guidance to ~20.4%

  • First Quarter Revenue of $7.41 Billion, up 24% Year-Over-Year, 26% in Constant Currency
  • Current Remaining Performance Obligation of $21.5 Billion, up 21% Year-Over-Year, 24% in Constant Currency
  • First Quarter Operating Cash Flow of $3.68 Billion, up 14% Year-Over-Year
  • Initiates Second Quarter FY23 Revenue Guidance of $7.69 Billion to $7.70 Billion, up ~21% Year-Over-Year
  • Updates Full Year FY23 Revenue Guidance to $31.7 Billion to $31.8 Billion, up ~20% Year-Over-Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 31, 2022 – Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced results for its first quarter fiscal 2023 ended April 30, 2022.

“We had another great quarter, delivering $7.4 billion in revenue, up 24% year-over-year,” said Marc Benioff, Co-CEO, Salesforce. “There is no greater measure of our resilience and the momentum in our business than the $42 billion we have in remaining performance obligation, representing all future revenue under contract. While delivering incredible growth at scale, we’re committed to consistent margin expansion and cash flow growth as part of our long-term plan to drive both top and bottom line performance.”

“Our financial results once again demonstrate the strength and durability of our business model as we continue to see strong demand from customers across the entire Customer 360 portfolio,” said Bret Taylor, Co-CEO, Salesforce. “Salesforce has become even more strategic and relevant to our customers as we are providing them with the agility and resilience they need to drive growth and efficiency in these uncertain economic times.”

“Our portfolio of products remains well-positioned to serve our broad set of customers,” said Amy Weaver, President and CFO, Salesforce. “We have been able to deliver strong growth while also driving disciplined decision-making, enabling us to expand our operating margin guidance for the full year.”

Salesforce delivered the following results for its fiscal first quarter:

Revenue: Total first quarter revenue was $7.41 billion, an increase of 24% year-over-year, and 26% in constant currency. Subscription and support revenues for the quarter were $6.86 billion, an increase of 24% year-over-year. Professional services and other revenues for the quarter were $0.56 billion, an increase of 30% year-over-year.

Operating Margin: First quarter GAAP operating margin was 0.3%. First quarter non-GAAP operating margin was 17.6%.

Earnings per Share: First quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.03, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.98. Mark-to-market accounting of the company’s strategic investments benefited GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.01 based on a U.S. tax rate of 25% and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.01 based on a non-GAAP tax rate of 22%.

Cash: Cash generated from operations for the first quarter was $3.68 billion, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities ended the first quarter at $13.50 billion.

Remaining Performance Obligation: Remaining performance obligation ended the first quarter at approximately $42.0 billion, an increase of 20% year-over-year. Current remaining performance obligation ended the first quarter at approximately $21.5 billion, an increase of 21% year-over-year, 24% in constant currency.

As of May 31, 2022, the company is initiating its second quarter GAAP and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share guidance, second quarter current remaining performance obligation growth guidance, and second quarter revenue guidance. As of May 31, 2022, the company is updating its full year FY23 revenue guidance, full year FY23 GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share guidance, full year GAAP operating margin guidance, and full year non-GAAP operating margin guidance. As of May 31, 2022 the company is reiterating its full year FY23 operating cash flow guidance.

Management will provide further commentary around these guidance assumptions on its earnings call, which is expected to occur on May 31, 2022 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time.

Our guidance assumes no change to the value of the company’s strategic investment portfolio as it is not possible to forecast future gains and losses. In addition, the guidance below is based on estimated GAAP tax rates that reflect the company’s currently available information, and excludes forecasted discrete tax items such as excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation. The GAAP tax rates may fluctuate due to future acquisitions or other transactions.

For additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures see the reconciliation of results and related explanations below.

Quarterly Conference Call

Salesforce plans to host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. (PT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss its financial results with the investment community. A live webcast and replay details of the event will be available on the Salesforce Investor Relations website at


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