Open Text Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know


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What: Shares of Open Text (NAS: OTEX) fell more than 19% in early trading and remain down more than 9% after reporting worse-than-expected fiscal fourth quarter results. A Susquehanna analyst also downgraded the stock.

So what: Revenue rose 19% to $285.4 million while adjusted profit grew 11% to $1.05 per share. Non-GAAP operating margins plunged more than 6 percentage points, causing profits to dip well below the $1.12 a share the Street was expecting.

Now what: The result prompted Susquehanna to cut its rating from "neutral" to "negative" and reduced its price target, The Wall Street Journal reported. Color me skeptical. With the Web pushing reams of new digital information our way, content management has rarely been as important as it is now. Meanwhile, the stock trades about in line with the long-term earnings growth analysts expect. Do you see an opportunity in the selloff? Will you short Open Text? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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