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UiPath shares tank 30% after company announces CEO shakeup

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  • UiPath co-founder Daniel Dines will assume the CEO job, replacing his onetime co-CEO Rob Enslin after just months on the job.
  • Shares plunged more than 30% on the news, which came alongside lowered guidance.
  • Dines founded UiPath in 2005 and brought in Enslin to help grow and mature the company's operations.

UiPath shares plunged more than 30% on Wednesday after the software company said CEO Rob Enslin is resigning effective June 1, and being replaced by co-founder Daniel Dines, who stepped down as co-CEO on Jan. 31.

"I am convinced that UiPath will continue to define what's possible for our customers and partners in the AI and automation market," Enslin said, adding his decision to resign came "after much reflection."

Dines co-founded UiPath in 2005 with Marius Tirca. The company makes software which automates repetitive and "menial" tasks, but its stock has suffered under Enslin's sole leadership. Shares are down 26% year to date, after the company debuted in 2021 in one of the largest U.S. software initial public offerings ever.

The company reported fiscal first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, with revenue growing 16% year over year to $335 million, better than the LSEG consensus estimate of $333 million. UiPath also beat on the bottom line, with adjusted earnings per share of 13 cents versus LSEG's estimate of 12 cents per share.

UiPath's loss per share improved to 5 cents compared to 6 cents in the year-ago period.

Finance chief Ashim Gupta also warned that sales cycles for larger, multiyear deals were elongating and that customers were subjecting UiPath to "increased deal scrutiny," and that those factors along with the leadership reshuffle weighed on its updated full-year guidance.

The company lowered its guidance for full year revenue. It now expects revenue to fall between $1.405 billion and $1.41 billion, compared to its prior-quarter guidance of $1.55 billion to $1.56 billion.

Enslin joined UiPath from Google Cloud. He was heralded by Dines at the time as an executive with "the right balance of experience and skills" and an operations background to grow UiPath, leaving Dines free to focus on "culture, vision and product innovation."

Dines' decision to bring in an operations executive was one that many founders have made. For example, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg did something similar in the case of former Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, a move that is credited with galvanizing the company into maturity.

Enslin did not have the same effect. UiPath shares, barring a brief post-IPO bump, have never traded above their debut price. The stock is down nearly 76% from its May 2021 IPO.

— CNBC's Ari Levy contributed to this report.

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