Blackbaud Shares Popped: What You Need to Know


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What: Shares of Blackbaud (NAS: BLKB) soared as much as 23% before closing up nearly 14%. Nonprofits gobbled up the company's software during the second quarter as both revenue and earnings beat estimates.

So what: Blackbaud booked $0.27 in non-GAAP earnings, up 23% year over year, on $93.4 million in revenue. Analysts were expecting $0.25 and $91.6 million, respectively, according to data compiled by Yahoo! Finance.

Now what: In a statement, CEO Marc Chardon credited growth to good execution and a stable market for the company's wares. He's probably right. Blackbaud has nailed EPS targets to the penny in three of the past five quarters and beaten estimates the other two times. Judging by today's action, investors seem to think that's predictability worth paying for. Do you agree? Disagree? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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