September 21, 2012- Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) forecast sales and profit for their fiscal fourth-quarter that fell heavily short of what they should have been as analysts failed to include consideration of new services the company now provides.
The San Jose, California-based company revealed in a statement yesterday that its current quarter, ending on the 30th of November, will amount to an estimated profit varying between $1.075 billion to $1.125 billion. This has considerably fallen short of what analysts had been expecting at $1.21 billion, says data compiled by Bloomberg. Share predictions also suffered from what analysts initially predicted with shares being anywhere between 53 cents and 58 cents, quite far from the expected 67 cents they were meant to be.
This primary reason given behind this short fall is due to the manner by which Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen is attempting to push the world’s largest design software provider into offering more of its well renowned services through the web. Narayen is also pushing to make software more available on mobile devices such as tablets. It has also began offering its customers the Creative Suite via a subscription service rather than the one time software purchase users were used to buying.
“The shift to subscription pricing is going to result in lower reported revenue,” said Josh Olson, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co. “But it’s ultimately a good thing because the goal is to get to a more stable revenue model.”