Here's How Much a $1000 Investment in Splunk Made 10 Years Ago Would Be Worth Today
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Image: Bigstock Zacks Equity Research December 26, 2022 SPLK Trades from $1 You follow Tale of the Tape - edit You follow Zacks Equity Research - edit Read MoreHide Full Article For most investors, how much a stock's price changes over time is important. Not only can it impact your investment portfolio, but it can also help you compare investment results across sectors and industries.FOMO, or the fear of missing out, also plays a role in investing, particularly with tech giants and popular consumer-facing stocks.What if you'd invested in Splunk (SPLK - Free Report) ten years ago? It may not have been easy to hold on to SPLK for all that time, but if you did, how much would your investment be worth today?Splunk's Business In-DepthWith that in mind, let's take a look at Splunk's main business drivers. San Francisco, CA-based Splunk Inc. provides software solutions that enable enterprises to gain real-time operational intelligence by harnessing the value of their data. The company's offerings enable users to investigate, monitor, analyze and act on machine data and big data, irrespective of format or source, and helps in operational decision making.The company's flagship offering, Splunk Enterprise, is primarily a machine data platform. It can collect and index petabytes of machine data on a daily basis. Splunk Enterprise also enables users to interactively explore, analyze and visualize data stored in sources such as Hadoop and Amazon S3.Splunk Cloud delivers the benefits of Splunk Enterprise deployed and managed reliably and scalably as a service. Splunk Light provides log search and analysis, which are designed, priced and packaged for small IT environments.The company's premium solutions include Splunk Enterprise Security (ES), Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) and Splunk User Behavior Analytics (UBA). These solutions address emerging security threats and information and event management (SIEM), monitor health and key performance indicators of critical IT, and detect cyber-attacks and insider threats in business operations, respectively.Splunk complements the aforementioned services with few add-ons, including Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit (MLTK), Splunk App for AWS, Splunk DB Connect and Cisco Firepower App for Splunk.Splunk generated revenues of $2.67 billion in fiscal 2022. License and Cloud Services contributed 39.5% and 35.3% of total revenues in the fiscal, respectively. Maintenance and services revenues accounted for the rest.Splunk Enterprise customers pay license fees generally based on their estimated peak daily indexing capacity needs. The company also generates revenues from enterprise adoption agreements (EAAs). Splunk Cloud customers pay an annual subscription fee based on the combination of the volume of data indexed per day and the amount of data stored.The company faces significant competition from the likes of Oracle, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, among others.Bottom LinePutting together a successful investment portfolio takes a combination of research, patience, and a little bit of risk. For Splunk, if you bought shares a decade ago, you're likely feeling really good about your investment today.According to our calculations, a $1000 investment made in December 2012 would be worth $2,880.49, or a 188.05% gain, as of December 26, 2022. Investors should keep in mind that this return excludes dividends but includes price appreciation.The S&P 500 rose 168.84% and the price of gold increased 4.03% over the same time frame in comparison.Analysts are forecasting more upside for SPLK too. Splunk's performance is gaining traction from healthy customer engagement, evident from the consistently high net retention and competitive win rates alongside solid momentum with large orders overall. The company is improving the resilience and security of its critical system and driving efficiencies within its own internal operation. Also, business transition from perpetual licenses to subscription or renewable model is expected to benefit it in the long run. The company's top line is benefiting from high demand for its cloud solutions. However, the transition to a renewable model from a perpetual license model is hurting its cash-flow generation ability due to lower upfront payment. Management expects sluggish on-premise business to hurt growth in the near term. Stiff competition and leveraged balance sheet are further concerns. The stock is up 8.06% over the past four weeks, and no earnings estimate has gone lower in the past two months, compared to 11 higher, for fiscal 2023. The consensus estimate has moved up as well. growth-investing growth-investors growth-stocks high-growth