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Dan Romanoff

Dan Romanoff, CPA, is a senior equity research analyst on the technology, media, and telecommunications team for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers software.

Before Joining Morningstar in 2019, Romanoff spent 12 years in buy-side equity research covering the technology and telecommunications sectors, most recently at Holland Capital Management. Prior to that, he spent five years in sell-side equity research as an associate analyst at UBS and a senior analyst at Credit Suisse covering various areas within technology, including hardware, software, and semiconductors. Romanoff also has worked as an auditor and in valuation services for major public accounting firms.

Romanoff holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a Master of Business Administration in finance, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds the Certified Public Accountant and Accredited in Business Valuation designations.

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Microsoft remains impressive in its ability to drive both growth and margins at scale and we think there is more to come on both fronts. We see results as reinforcing our thesis centering on the proliferation of hybrid cloud environments and Azure, as the firm continues to use its on-premises dominance to allow customers to move to the cloud easily and at their own pace.

Non-GAAP operating margin was strong at 19.8%, flat compared to last year but more than 200 basis points ahead of our model. We remain more constructive than ever on the company's long-term margin potential, including 100 basis points of annual expansion, given management's recent focus and strong results in the face of the Slack acquisition.

Although we expect increasing cloud penetration and an evolving product suite to lead to healthy long-term growth, we are maintaining our fair value estimate for Splunk at $164 per share due to near-term cloud transition-related top-line pressures.