LONDON — German enterprise software group SAP saw its market valuation fall by 25 billion euros ($30 billion) on Monday as shares collapsed by over 17% following disappointing third-quarter results.
The company, which slashed its revenue and profit forecast for 2020, saw its market cap fall from 125 billion euros to 100 billion euros and it is on track for its worst trading day in 12 years.
SAP said coronavirus lockdowns would affect demand for its business relations and customer management software well into 2021 as it announced that it plans to go all-in on cloud computing, competing with the likes of Oracle and Salesforce.
While customers pay considerable sums upfront for SAP’s on-premise software packages, they pay very little upfront for cloud subscriptions, with the bulk of the payments coming down the line, SAP said. As a result, the company is abandoning medium-term profitability targets and it warned that it will take longer than expected to recover from the pandemic.
“As the CEO of SAP, I have to be focused on the long-term value creation of this company,” SAP Chief Executive Christian Klein told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.
“So I cannot trade the success of our customers and the significant revenue potential of SAP against short-term margin optimization.”
SAP now expects to almost triple its cloud revenues to over 22 billion euros by 2025, Klein said.
However, this switch to focus on cloud computing will bring the company’s 2023 operating margin down by approximately four to five percentage points.
“We will stay committed to our profitable growth with over 11.5 billion euros of operating profit in 2025, which includes a double digit profit growth from 2023 onwards,” said Klein.
JPMorgan cut its price target for SAP to 120 from 160 euros, and downgraded the stock to “neutral” from “overweight.”