A Double Dose of Kenexa
Last week, Kenexa announced Q3 revenues and held its annual analyst relations meeting. Revenues for Q3 2011 were $75.7m, up 59% year-over-year. Subscription services were up 38% to $55m, professional services increased by 102% to $22.2m, and RPO was up 26% at $20m.
The top 80 customers averaged $1.6m in annualized revenues, up $.4m over Q3 2010. Sixty new “preferred partner” clients were added during the quarter (each with over $50k in annual spend), up 50% Y-o-Y. Three large client deals closed in the quarter including Baker Hughes and a life sciences company, all of which Kenexa won against multi-vendor partnerships with its breadth of talent management services available from a single vendor, a differentiating factor.
In addition to increasing its revenues and client base, Kenexa is integrating aquisitions, setting up new partnerships, and doubling down on the pace of new service developments and introductions. The integration of Salary.com is ahead of plan and some of the largest compensation deals in Salary.com’s history were just signed. Its new alliance with SkillSoft provides an enriched option for learning as part of an end-to-end talent management solution, adding to its coverage of one more key talent management base.
The latest “2x” service, Kenexa’s 2x Perform, was launched for early adopters. It is an integrated, enterprise-level performance management, succession, and compensation planning system. The new SaaS service joins the likes of 2x Brass Ring, 2x Onboard, and 2x Mobile. In 2012, 2x Perform will be expanded to all markets and 2x Assess will add to the growing survey and assessment product line. The feature and function basics are also a development priority with enhancements to the user experience underway.
We also heard live from several clients and while each had very different recruiting and talent challenges, each saw the same strengths in Kenexa. The right technology and service bells and whistles are there, but as one client said, “the technology makes you productive, the relationship makes you successful.” And it was the relationship aspects that each client highlighted including a focus on client success from the executives to the account teams. Part of Kenexa’s high revenue growth is coming from an increase in the number of services sold in new contracts and service additions by existing clients. How do you really know you have great customer satisfaction? When they trust you with a greater share of their wallet.
With good news on all fronts, the management team mood was expansive and the conversations wide-ranging at the analyst event. From the presence of four generations in the workforce and the shortage of talent when and where needed, to the global impact of the economic crisis in Greece, talent management ties in one-way or another to much of what we see happening around us. Expect to see Kenexa there, on the front lines, helping clients around the world create improved business results through the many elements of talent management.
Linda Merritt, Research Analyst, HRO, NelsonHall
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