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SaaS Valuation: What Price is Right?

Software as a Service has become the dominant model for new software ventures, and publicly traded SaaS companies are highly valued relative to peers. By analyzing performance, operating efficiency, and valuation data for over 100 software companies (SaaS & Enteprise Software), this research note reviews SaaS valuation benchmarks, provides a formula for valuing SaaS companies today, and helps answer key questions like: Are SaaS companies over-valued today, and if so, by how much? What are the key valuation drivers for software companies (SaaS and Enterprise Software) today?, and how should executives, investors, and SaaS buyers evaluate SaaS companies today?

Valuations of leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies continue to set stock market records. Technology enterpreneurs, executives and investors are faced with critical questions of how to properly position their companies for optimal valuation. Should SaaS companies be focused on growth or profitability? Does size matter? What operational levers can generate the highest impact on valuation and stock market performance? What characteristics separate the best-in-class software firms from the average? Are the current multiples sustainable? What companies or segments of the SaaS sector are undervalued and why? This research report focuses on the key issues related to valuation, operating and market performance benchmarks of SaaS and Enterprise Software companies. Includes data on over 100 publicly trading software firms such as (CRM), SuccessFactors (SFSF), Taleo (TLEO), Kenexa (KNXA), Concur (CNQR), Intuit (INTU) and many others. Contains a detailed analysis of factors that drive valuation for SaaS firms, including a simple formula for valuing SaaS companies.
- Introduction
- Current Valuation & Growth Data
- Impact of Revenue Growth on Valuation
- Factors Influencing SaaS Valuation
- a Formula for valuing a SaaS company
- Does Size Matter
- Valuations by Market Cap Size
- SaaS vs Enterprise Software Growth trend analysis
- Analysis of key financial results of SaaS companies
- Enterprise and SaaS operating results by market cap class
- efficiency of SaaS businesses
- which SaaS companies are over/under valued?
- Bottom Line
Companies Mentioned
- Aci Worldwide Inc.
- Adobe Systems Incorporated Autodesk Inc.
- Advent Software Inc.
- Ansys Inc.
- Ariba Inc.
- Asiainfo-Linkage Inc.
- Athenahealth Inc.
- Aspen Technology Inc.
- Blackboard Inc.
- Actuate Corporation
- Blackbaud Inc.
- Bmc Software Inc.
- Bsquare Corporation
- Broadvision Inc.
- Ca Inc.
- Callidus Software Inc.
- Cadence Design Systems Inc.
- Cerner Corporation
- Clicksoftware Technologies Ltd.
- Concur Technologies Inc.
- Convio Inc.
- Compuware Corporation
- Salesforce.Com Inc.
- Csg Systems International Inc.
- Constellation Software Inc.
- Constant Contact Inc.
- Citrix Systems Inc.
- Commvault Systems Inc.
- Demandtec Inc.
- Digimarc Corporation
- Amdocs Limited
- Bottomline Technologies (De) Inc.
- Epicor Software Corporation
- Sourcefire Inc.
- Fortinet Inc.
- Guidance Software Inc.
- Healthstream Inc.
- Intralinks Holdings Inc.
- Informatica Corporation
- Interactive Intelligence Inc.
- Intuit Inc.
- Jda Software Group Inc.
- Kenexa Corporation
- Magma Design Automation Inc.
- Liveperson Inc.
- Lawson Software Inc.
- Manhattan Associates Inc.
- Medassets Inc.
- Mediware Information Systems Inc.
- Mentor Graphics Corporation
- Merge Healthcare Incorporated
- Microsoft Corporation
- Microstrategy Incorporated
- Netsuite Inc.
- Novell Inc.
- Netscout Systems Inc.
- Nuance Communications Inc.
- Opnet Technologies Inc.
- Openwave Systems Inc.
- Oracle Corporation
- Open Text Corporation
- Pdf Solutions Inc.
- Parametric Technology Corporation
- Progress Software Corporation
- Pros Holdings Inc.
- Deltek Inc.
- Pervasive Software Inc.
- Qlik Technologies Inc.
- Quest Software Inc.
- Quality Systems Inc.
- Radiant Systems Inc.
- Red Hat Inc.
- Renaissance Learning Inc.
- Rightnow Technologies Inc.
- Radisys Corporation
- Saba Software Inc.
- Sap Ag
- Scientific Learning Corporation
- Soundbite Communications Inc.
- Successfactors Inc.
- Smith Micro Software Inc.
- Synchronoss Technologies Inc.
- Synopsys Inc.
- Support.Com Inc.
- Sps Commerce Inc.
- Sciquest Inc.
- Srs Labs Inc.
- Ss&C Technologies Holdings Inc.
- Solarwinds Inc.
- Sxc Health Solutions Corp.
- Symantec Corporation
- Taleo Corporation
- Telenav Inc.
- Dealertrack Holdings Inc.
- Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.
- The Ultimate Software Group Inc.
- Vasco Data Security International Inc.
- Vmware Inc.
- Vocus Inc.
- Vital Images Inc.
- Xata Corporation
- Zix Corporation
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