Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Is Workday Inc (WDAY) Overvalued?

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You could make the case that while Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY) likes to operate under the radar, investors are starting to pay attention. Since its initial public offering back in October, the price has gone up 28%. That’s a steady increase. But it leads one to wonder if Workday, in its current $60 price range, is a bit overvalued.

The company is getting more institutional investor interest. InsiderMonkey reports that Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAYis now part of at least 20 hedge fund portfolios, up from none in the third quarter of 2012 after its IPO. We all know that institutional investment will cause a stock price to go up, so in this respect, more attention is obviously good for Workday.

But, that might just be why the stock has performed so well as of late. Since the end of 2012, Workday’s stock price appreciated 15%. When you consider the attraction it is receiving from larger funds, one could consider that it is entirely possible that the stock’s overall performance can be attributed to institutional interest.

But, can that interest really be the entirety of Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY)’s overall stock performance? Let’s take a look at the performance of the company itself. Workday has only produced operating losses since it has gone public. Its operating costs have risen sharply in the past year. Of course, since the company recently had an IPO, it has been able to raise cash, and revenue seems to be increasing as the company attracts more customers to its services.

Any investor should be wary of a company with losses like this. It seems that investor confidence in Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY) lies in the fact that it is part of a new wave of companies that provide cloud-based software to enterprise, aiming to overtake the likes of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL).

Workday and other cloud-powered companies, like Service Now, are sure to be a thorn in Oracle’s side over the next few years. While Oracle preaches to the cloud crowd with new solutions, many believe that they are performing and act of “cloud washing”. This is when a company takes an existing product and adds “cloud” to it, even though it’s really just the same product.

I would be wary of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL)’s stock. The company makes a lot of money from enterprises, and it seems like some of their customers are fed up with their pseudo cloud marketing and high prices. Their revenue has been dropping bit by bit as they continue to battle companies like Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY).

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