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Salesforce Announces Solid Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

Q3 Results

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

  • Revenue of $7.84 Billion, up 14% Y/Y, up 19% Constant Currency (“CC”)
  • GAAP Earnings per Share (“EPS”) of $0.21 and Non-GAAP EPS of $1.40
  • Current Remaining Performance Obligation of $20.9 Billion, up 11% Y/Y, 15% CC
  • Fourth Quarter FY23 Revenue Guidance of $7.932 Billion to $8.032 Billion, up 8% to 10% Y/Y, 12% to 13% CC
  • Full Year FY23 Revenue Guidance of $30.9 Billion to $31.0 Billion, up 17% Y/Y, 20% CC
  • Full Year FY23 GAAP Operating Margin Guidance of ~3.8% and Non-GAAP Operating Margin Guidance of ~20.7%
  • Full Year FY23 Operating Cash Flow Guidance of ~16% growth Y/Y
  • Returned $1.7 Billion to shareholders in the third quarter in the form of share repurchases

“We had a solid quarter with revenue of $7.84 billion, up 14% year-over-year or 19% growth in constant currency, and record operating margin,” said Marc Benioff, Chair & Co-CEO, Salesforce. “We’re grateful to our customers for their commitment, especially as we help them succeed in this challenging environment. There’s never been a more important time for our customers to connect with their customers in a whole new way.”

“Our customers are tapping into the power of Customer 360 to gain faster time to value and reduce costs,” said Bret Taylor, Co-CEO, Salesforce. “We continued to drive profitable growth in the quarter, and we are closing more transformational deals and multi-cloud expansions.”

“We delivered another quarter of double-digit top and bottom line growth,” said Amy Weaver, President and CFO, Salesforce. “In this time of economic uncertainty, we remain committed to profitable growth and consistent operating margin expansion.”

Salesforce delivered the following results for its fiscal third quarter:

Revenue: Total third quarter revenue was $7.84 billion, an increase of 14% Y/Y, and 19% CC. Subscription and support revenues were $7.23 billion, an increase of 13% Y/Y. Professional services and other revenues were $0.60 billion, an increase of 25% Y/Y.

Operating Margin: Third quarter GAAP operating margin was 5.9%. Third quarter non-GAAP operating margin was 22.7%.

Earnings per Share: Third quarter GAAP diluted EPS was $0.21, and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $1.40. Mark-to-market accounting of the Company’s strategic investments benefited GAAP diluted EPS by $0.02 based on a U.S. tax rate of 25% and non-GAAP diluted EPS by $0.02 based on a non-GAAP tax rate of 22%.

Cash Flow: Operating cash flow for the third quarter was $0.31 billion, a decrease of 23% Y/Y. Free cash flow was $0.12 billion, a decrease of 52% Y/Y.

Remaining Performance Obligation: Remaining performance obligation ended the third quarter at $40.0 billion, an increase of 10% Y/Y. Current remaining performance obligation ended at $20.9 billion, an increase of 11% Y/Y, 15% CC.

Forward Looking Guidance

As of November 30, 2022, the Company is initiating its fourth quarter GAAP and non-GAAP EPS guidance, current remaining performance obligation growth guidance, and revenue guidance. The Company is updating its full year FY23 revenue guidance, GAAP and non-GAAP EPS guidance, GAAP and non-GAAP operating margin guidance, and operating cash flow guidance.

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 the tax effects of 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.

Management will provide further commentary around these guidance assumptions on its earnings call.

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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Further information on these and other factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included in the reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and in other filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.  These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Financials section of the Company’s website at

Salesforce, Inc. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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