- Snowflake shares plunged on Thursday after the company's fourth-quarter earnings showed slowing revenue growth.
- The company also guided for slowing growth in product revenue, a segment that makes up a significant share of its overall sales.
Fourth-quarter sales grew 101% year over year to $383.8 million, which was a slowdown from the previous quarter, when revenue growth reached 110%, according to the Wednesday report. Still, it beat analysts' revenue expectations of $372.6 million.
Snowflake guided for product revenue growth between 79% to 81% in the fiscal first quarter, slightly above consensus estimates of 78% product revenue growth. In the fiscal fourth quarter, product revenue increased by 102%.
Product revenue makes up a significant share of Snowflake's overall revenue. It reflects the use of its service for storing and running queries on a variety of data.
For the 2023 fiscal year, Snowflake called for 65% to 67% product revenue growth. Wall Street was expecting growth of 66%, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet.
The guidance reflects headwinds from upcoming platform improvements that "reduce customer query costs in the short-term but aim to stimulate broader consumption longer-term," Piper Sandler analysts wrote in a note to clients on Thursday.
Credit Suisse analysts said the platform improvements will be a near-term headwind, but pointed to other upgrades on the horizon, like improved workload scheduling, that could be positive catalysts for the company.
"Although the upside to FQ4 and forward guidance was less than investors have come to expect from Snowflake, we continue to view Snowflake as a true pioneer in cloud-native data analytics and believe the company will play an increasingly important role across the entire data value chain — with increased workload applicability due in part to the aforementioned platform enhancements," the analysts wrote.
-- CNBC's Jordan Novet contributed to this report.