On the public market, C3.ai has had a rough time.
Dreamstime C3.ai, a company that makes software that uses artificial intelligence, gave disappointing guidance for the July quarter and for the full fiscal year, which ends in April 2023.
For the quarter that ended on April 30, 2022, C3.ai (ticker: AI) made $72.3 million in revenue, which was up 38% from the same time last year and just ahead of the consensus estimate on Wall Street, which was $71.3 million. This made the company’s full-year sales go up by 38 percent to $252.8 million, which was a little more than the company’s guidance range of $251 million to $252 million.
C3.ai had a non-GAAP loss of 21 cents per share for the quarter. This was less than the loss of 29 cents per share that was expected by the market. The company lost 55 cents per share, according to generally accepted accounting principles. At the end of the year, there were still $477.4 million in performance obligations, which is 62% more than a year ago.
Guidance wasn’t as good as what Wall Street expected, which led to the selloff. For the July quarter, C3.ai thinks sales will be between $65 million and $67 million, which is a long way below the $74.4 million that the Street thinks sales will be. The company thinks its revenue for fiscal year 2023 will be between $308 million and $316 million, which is less than what Wall Street expected, which was $333.9 million.
C3.ai, which was started by Tom Siebel, one of the first software entrepreneurs, has had a rough time on the public market. When the company went public for the first time in December 2020, each share was priced at $42 and trading began at $100. A few weeks later, the stock went as high as $183.90 during the day, but it has been slowly going down ever since. This is because the market has become much less willing to pay high premiums for high-growth companies that are losing money.
Thursday before the market opened, the stock was down 24.4% to $14.03. By Wednesday’s close, the stock had dropped 40 percent since the beginning of the year.