Tableau plummets as much 40 pct after earnings

Tableau Software on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Tableau Software reported quarterly earnings and revenue that easily beat analysts' expectations on Thursday.

But shares plunged as much as 40 percent in after-hours trading. The company warned in its earnings release that it was unlikely to realize the benefit of certain tax assets.

The company also reported a GAAP net loss for the quarter was $41.3 million, or 57 cents per share, compared to a GAAP net income of $20.7 million, or 27 cents per share, for the same period last year.

The company posted fourth-quarter earnings per share of 33 cents, compared to 42 cents a share in the year-earlier period. Revenue for the quarter came in at $201 million, against the comparable year-ago figure of $143 million.

Analysts had expected Tableau to report earnings of about 16 cents a share on $201 million in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

Tableau's market cap was $5.9 billion at the close.

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