The cloud company reported a net loss of $116.6 million, or 19 cents per share (statement).
Non-GAAP earnings were seven cents per share on a revenue of $1.15 billion, up 37 percent year-over-year.
Wall Street was expecting Salesforce to report fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings of six cents a share on revenue of $1.13 billion.
However, that GAAP net loss touched a nerve with investors as Salesforce shares slipped in after-hours trading.
For 2013 overall, the San Francisco-headquartered business raked in approximately $4.07 billion in revenue, an increase of 33 percent annually, with earnings of 35 cents a pop.
Salesforce acknowledged that the positive revenue figures were given a boost by the $2.6 billion acquisition of ExactTarget, which closed last summer.
Salesforce followed through on analyst expectations to deliver bigger corporate deals.
Subscription and support revenues for the quarter increased by 37 percent y-o-y to $1.08 billion, while professional services and other revenues shot up by 43 percent annually to $70 million.
CEO Marc Benioff typically reflects on the annual run rate from quater-to-quarter. In the Q4 report, Benioff offered a glimpse at the goals for the year to come:
I'm delighted to announce that we are raising our fiscal year 2015 revenue guidance by $100 million, to reach $5.3 billion, which is a full year growth rate of 30% at the high end of our range.
For the current quarter, Wall Street expects Salesforce to start off the year with earnings of 10 cents per share and revenue of $1.19 billion.
The CRM giant followed up with a Q1 revenue guidance range of $1.205 billion to $1.21 billion, with non-GAAP earnings projected to fall again around nine and 10 cents a share.
As touched upon by Benioff, Salesforce touted that it upped its full year revenue guidance range to $5.25 billion to $5.3 billion, which would translate to an increase of 29 to 30 percent on an annual basis, with earnings between 48 and 50 cents per share.