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Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH) Beats Expectations in Strong Q2, Provides Optimistic Full-Year Guidance

StockStory - Tue Jul 25, 2023

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Supply chain optimization software maker Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH) reported Q2 FY2023 results topping Consensus expectations, with revenue up 20.4% year on year to $231 million. Manhattan Associates made a GAAP profit of $39.6 million, improving from its profit of $30.8 million in the same quarter last year.

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Manhattan Associates (MANH) Q2 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $231 million vs analyst estimates of $216.7 million (6.62% beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $0.88 vs analyst estimates of $0.72 (22.2% beat)
  • The company lifted revenue guidance for the full year from $860 million to $890 million at the midpoint, a 3.49% increase
  • Free cash flow of $39.6 million, down 31.9% from the previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 52.9%, down from 53.8% in the same quarter last year

Boasting major consumer staples and pharmaceutical companies as clients, Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH) offers a software-as-service platform that helps customers manage their supply chains.

Software is eating the world, and while a large number of solutions such as project management or video conferencing software can be useful to a wide array of industries, there are industries that have very specific needs. Whether it is life-sciences, education or banking, the demand for so called vertical software, addressing industry specific workflows, is growing, fueled by the pressures on improving productivity and quality of offerings.

Sales Growth

As you can see below, Manhattan Associates's revenue growth has been over the last two years, growing from $166.1 million in Q2 FY2021 to $231 million this quarter.

Manhattan Associates Total Revenue

This quarter, Manhattan Associates's quarterly revenue was up a very solid 20.4% year on year, above the company's historical trend. However, its growth did slow down compared to last quarter as the company's revenue increased by just $10 million in Q2 compared to $22.9 million in Q1 2023. While we'd like to see revenue increase by a greater amount each quarter, a one-off fluctuation is usually not concerning.

Ahead of the earnings results announcement, the analysts covering the company were expecting sales to grow 6.38% over the next 12 months.

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Cash Is King

If you've followed StockStory for a while, you know that we emphasize free cash flow. Why, you ask? We believe that in the end, cash is king, and you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills. Manhattan Associates's free cash flow came in at $39.6 million in Q2, down 23.3% year on year.

Manhattan Associates Free Cash Flow

Manhattan Associates has generated $188.4 million in free cash flow over the last 12 months, an impressive 22.3% of revenue. This high FCF margin stems from its asset-lite business model and strong competitive positioning, giving it the option to return capital to shareholders or reinvest in its business while maintaining a cash cushion.

Key Takeaways from Manhattan Associates's Q2 Results

Sporting a market capitalization of $11.9 billion, more than $153.3 million in cash on hand, and positive free cash flow over the last 12 months, we believe that Manhattan Associates is attractively positioned to invest in growth.

This was a classic "beat and raise" quarter for the company. We enjoyed seeing Manhattan Associates exceed analysts' revenue and non-GAAP EPS expectations this quarter. We were also glad that its full-year revenue and non-GAAP EPS guidance were raised and both came in higher than Wall Street's expectations. Zooming out, we think this was an impressive quarter that should delight shareholders. The market was likely expecting more, however, and the stock is down 2.01% after reporting, trading at $189.45 per share.

Manhattan Associates may have had a good quarter, but does that mean you should invest right now? When making that decision, it's important to consider its valuation, business qualities, and what's happened in the latest quarter. We cover this and more in our full company report, and it's free.

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The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned in this report.