Adobe Stats, Fun Facts, & Predictions (2023)

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Adobe is a tech company specializing in software used for creating and editing content, including photography, graphics, animation, illustration, and video. It is most famous for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Adobe Statistics (Top Picks)

  • Annual revenue: $15.79 billion (+22.7%)
  • Annual net income: $4.82 billion (-8.37%)
  • Total assets: $27.24 billion (+13.5%)
  • Number of employees: 25,988 (+15.4%)
  • US employees: 52% (13,500)
  • Female employees: 33.8%
  • Creative Cloud users: 22 million
  • Number of acquisitions: 55

    About Adobe

    • Description: Adobe is a tech company specializing in software used for creating and editing content, including photography, graphics, animation, illustration, and video. It is most famous for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • Founded: December 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnock.
    • Corporate HQ: San Jose, California, USA.
    • Incorporated: October 1983 in California; reincorporated in Delaware May 1997.
    • Initial public offering: August 20, 1986, at a split-adjusted share price of US$0.17.
    • Employees: More than 26,000 worldwide.
    • Stock symbol: ADBE (NASDAQ)
    • Chairman and CEO: Shantanu Narayen

    Source: (Adobe Facts)

    Finances

    Adobe’s annual net income, revenue, total assets, and growth history from 2015 to 2021 and forecast from 2022 to 2024. In 2021, Adobe’s annual revenue reached $15.79 billion, annual net income $4.82 billion, and total assets $27.24 billion.

    Net Income vs Revenue vs Total Assets

    Annual Net Income

    Adobe’s annual net income hit $4.82 billion in 2021, a surprising 8.37% decrease from 2020, due to the change in the provision for income taxes and the increase in operating expenses.

    If the otherwise positive trend continues, the annual net income will reach $5.87 billion in 2022 and $7.45 billion in 2024.

    Fiscal YearAnnual Net IncomeGrowth
    2015$0.63 billion
    2016$1.17 billion+85.71%
    2017$1.69 billion+44.44%
    2018$2.59 billion+53.25%
    2019$2.95 billion+13.90%
    2020$5.26 billion+78.31%
    2021$4.82 billion-8.37%
    2022$5.87 billion+21.78%
    2023$6.67 billion+13.38%
    2024$7.45 billion+11.80%
    Adobe’s annual net income and its growth. Growth is not adjusted for inflation.

    Annual Revenue

    Adobe reported annual revenue of $15.79 billion for the fiscal year 2021, representing 22.7% year-over-year growth. If growth remains relatively constant, Adobe Inc.’s annual revenue could reach $19.59 billion in 2022, $23.91 billion in 2023, and $28.72 billion in 2024.

    Fiscal YearAnnual RevenueGrowth
    2015$4.80 billion
    2016$5.85 billion+21.88%
    2017$7.30 billion+24.79%
    2018$9.03 billion+23.70%
    2019$11.17 billion+23.70%
    2020$12.87 billion+15.22%
    2021$15.79 billion+22.69%
    2022$19.59 billion+24.07%
    2023$23.91 billion+22.03%
    2024$28.72 billion+20.13%
    Adobe’s annual revenue and its growth. Growth is not adjusted for inflation.

    Total Assets

    Adobe’s total assets have been steadily increasing by 10-18% per year. In 2021, Adobe’s assets were worth $27.24 billion. If the trend continues, the assets will be worth $32.26 billion by the end of 2022 and $42.50 billion by the end of 2024.

    YearTotal AssetsGrowth
    2015$11.75 billion
    2016$12.70 billion+8.09%
    2017$14.54 billion+14.49%
    2018$18.79 billion+29.23%
    2019$20.76 billion+10.48%
    2020$24.28 billion+16.96%
    2021$27.24 billion+12.19%
    2022$32.26 billion+18.45%
    2023$37.45 billion+16.08%
    2024$42.50 billion+13.48%
    Adobe’s total assets and its growth. Growth is not adjusted for inflation.

    Source: (Adobe)(Sec.gov)

    Employee Count & Demographics

    Number of employees

    At the end of 2021, Adobe reported that it had 25,988 employees, up 15.4% from 22,516 a year earlier. Adobe’s headcount has steadily increased year over year since 2014. The only year in which the number decreased slightly was 2020 due to the global pandemic, which made it difficult to hire new employees.

    According to my projections, Adobe will employ more than 28,000 people in 2022 and nearly 36,000 in 2024.

    Number of employees
    Graphical representation of the number of Adobe Inc.’s employees by year.

    And the numbers:

    YearNumber of employees
    201412,499
    201513,893
    201615,706
    201717,973
    201821,357
    201922,634
    202022,516
    202125,988
    202228,185
    202435,977
    The number of Adobe Inc.’s employees by year.

    Nationality

    Adobe also reported several years in a row that 52% of all employees were in the United States and 48% in international locations. As a result, Adobe has around 13,500 employees in the US.

    Additionally, Adobe strives for diversity among its employees, thus employing people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background, or religious belief. In 2021, 10.9% of the US employees were part of the underrepresented minorities (“URMs”).

    Gender diversity

    Women make up 33.8% of Adobe’s global workforce.

    Source: (Sec.gov)

    Price per Share

    Inc. stock has gained 194,563 times its original value since 1986 (from $0.21/share to $420/share in 2022). Its value peaked at $699.54/share on November 29, 2021. The value of Adobe stock has declined during 2022, likely due to lower sales in Eastern Europe.

    Currently, Adobe Inc.’s market cap sits just above US$200 billion at 4.22 million shares.

    Source: (Google Finance)

    Number of Creative Cloud Users

    Adobe Creative Cloud was launched on April 22, 2012. By March 2013, it had raked together more than half a million users, increasing to 1.4 million by the end of the year. Since then, Adobe hasn’t released any numbers, so it was estimated that by the end of 2017, Creative Cloud had over 12 million active subscribers.

    Photutorial estimates that Creative Cloud reached 22 million active subscribers by the end of 2021. By the end of 2022, that number will have risen to 24.5 million, and by the end of 2024, it’ll be nearly 30 million.

    So, how many active users does Adobe Creative Cloud have right now? In the middle of 2022, Creative Cloud has around 23 million active users.

    Creative Cloud subscribers
    The number of active Creative Cloud subscribers per year.

    Here are the exact numbers:

    YearActive Subscribers
    20131.4 million
    201712.0 million
    202019.5 million
    202122.0 million
    202224.5 million
    202429.5 million
    The number of active Creative Cloud subscribers per year.

    Sources: (Adobe)(Forbes)

    Adobe Stock

    Adobe Stock now offers 290+ million assets, including more than 180 million photos, 83 million vectors and
    illustrations, 23 million videos, 55,000 audio tracks, 4.9 million Premium assets, and over 1 million free photos,
    vectors, videos, templates, illustrations, and 3D assets.

    Adobe Stock is Adobe’s stock image library, intelligently integrated into the Creative Cloud. It’s widely popular among graphic designers thanks to its high-quality photos and extensive resources. Currently, Adobe Stock’s library contains:

    • Images: 273 million
      • Photos: 188 million
      • Illustrastions: 22.5 million
      • Vectors: 62.3 million.
    • Videos: 24 million.
    • Audio: 60,000
    • Templates: 70,000
    • 3D: 17,000
    • Fonts: 20,000
    • Free resources: 1,037,000
      • Images: 1,022,000
      • Videos: 10,200
      • Templates: 3,543
      • 3D: 1,200

    Acquisitions

    Over the years, Adobe bought several companies related to graphic design and photography. Over the years, Adobe has acquired at least 55 companies.

    IndexCompanyAcquired onAcquired for [USD]
    1Emerald City SoftwareMarch 19, 1990
    2BluePoint TechnologiesJune 20, 1990
    3LaserTools-Language TechJune 1, 1992
    4OCR SystemsJune 29, 1992
    5Aldus CorporationAugust 31, 1994$438 million
    6LaserToolsSeptember 9, 1994
    7Photoshop1995
    8Frame TechnologyOctober 30, 1995$566 million
    9Ares SoftwareMay 20, 1996
    10SandcastleMarch 14, 1997$3,5 million
    11HyWay FerrantiSeptember 5, 1997
    12DigiDoxSeptember 16, 1997
    13GoLive SystemsJanuary 4, 1999
    14FotivaDecember 5, 2001
    15AccelioApril 15, 2002$72 million
    16Syntrillium SoftwareMay 2003
    17Yellow Dragon Software-TechNovember 10, 2003
    18Q-Link Technologies, Inc.May 3, 2004
    19OKYZDecember 7, 2004
    20MacromediaDecember 3, 2005$3.573 billion
    21NaviswareDecember 16, 2005
    22Trade and Technologies FranceApril 21, 2006
    23PixmantecJune 26, 2006
    24InterAKTSeptember 5, 2006
    25Serious Magic Inc.October 19, 2006
    26Scene7May 31, 2007
    27Virtual UbiquityOctober 1, 2007
    28YaWahSeptember 15, 2008
    29Business CatalystAugust 31, 2009
    30OmnitureSeptember 15, 2009$1.8 billion
    31Day SoftwareJuly 28, 2010$240 million
    32DemdexJanuary 18, 2011
    33EchoSignJuly 18, 2011
    34Iridas TechnologySeptember 8, 2011
    35NitobiOctober 3, 2011
    36TypekitOctober 3, 2011
    37AuditudeNovember 1, 2011$120 million
    38Efficient Frontier TechnologyNovember 30, 2011
    39Behance Inc.December 21, 2012
    40NeolaneJuly 23, 2013$600 million
    41SatelliteJuly 31, 2013
    42AviarySeptember 22, 2014
    43FotoliaJanuary 28, 2015$800 million
    44MixamoJune 1, 2015
    45LivefyreMay 10, 2016
    46TubeMogulNovember 10, 2016$540 million
    47SayspringApril 16, 2018
    48UruApril 29, 2018
    49MagentoMay 21, 2018$1.68 billion
    50MarketoSeptember 20, 2018$4.75 billion
    51AllegorithmicJanuary 23, 2019
    52WorkfrontNovember 9, 2020$1.5 billion
    53Frame.ioOctober 7, 2021$1.275 billion
    54ContentCalDecember 8, 2021
    55Abstract NotebooksDecember 23, 2021
    List of all Adobe acquisitions.

    Sources: (Adobe News)(Wikipedia)

    Use

    • Adobe Photoshop is used by over 90% of the world’s creative professionals.
    • Behance has over 29 million members worldwide, who use it to showcase their work and find inspiration.
    • In 2021, Adobe products were used to open over 300 billion PDFs.
    • Adobe Document Cloud handled 8 billion electronic and digital signature transactions in 2021.
    • Adobe Scan has over 138 million downloads and 2 billion created documents.
    • Digital scans, signatures, and shares through Document Cloud lead to 90% cost savings and 95% environmental impact reduction. One million Adobe Acrobat Sign transactions save 31,000 trees, 105 million liters of water, and emissions equal to 2,300 cars in a year. In addition, they reduce the cost by $7.2 million.

    Source: (Adobe Facts)

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