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Comparing Adobe, Autodesk, and Salesforce’s R&D Expenses in 3Q15

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Nov. 27 2015, Published 5:07 p.m. ET

Adobe’s R&D expenses remained constant YoY in 3Q13 and 3Q14

In 3Q15, Adobe’s (ADBE) expenses for research and development (or R&D) increased to $219 million from $212 million in 3Q14 and $209 million in 3Q13.

Research and development expenses allocated comprised 17.98% of total revenues in 3Q15. In comparison, they comprised 21% and 21.09% of total revenues in 3Q13 and 3Q14, respectively.

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Salesforce’s R&D expenses decreased as a percentage of revenues YoY in 3Q15

In 3Q15, the expenses for Salesforce (CRM) in research and development increased to $239 million from $195 million in 3Q14 and $171 million in 3Q13.

Research and development expenses allocated comprised 13.96% of total revenues in 3Q15. In comparison, they comprised 15.89% and 14.08% of total revenues in 3Q13 and 3Q14, respectively.

Autodesk’s R&D expenses were 33% of revenues in 3Q15

In 3Q15, the expenses for Autodesk (ADSK) in research and development have increased YoY (year-over-year) to $198 million from $184 million in 3Q14. These expenses increased in comparison to R&D expenses of $149 million in 3Q13.

Research and development expenses allocated comprised 33% of total revenues in 3Q15. In comparison, they comprised 26.84% and 29.77% of total revenues in 3Q13 and 3Q14, respectively.

Research and development is an important component of the application software sector. All firms invest heavily in R&D in order to innovate and offer a new products and services to customers.

Autodesk comprises 2.84% of the iShares North American Tech-Software ETF (IGV) and 0.39% of the iShares US Technology ETF (IYW).

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