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Coronavirus: Zoom earnings soar as video meets become pandemic norm

Reuters/San Francisco, United States
Filed on June 3, 2020 | Last updated on June 3, 2020 at 01.40 am
Zoom Video Communications, nearly, doubled, expectations, annual, sales, surge,  usage, coronavirus, lockdowns

(AFP)

Shares of the San Jose, California-based company rose nearly 5 per cent in extended trading after Zoom's revenue and profit for the first quarter also beat estimates by a wide margin.

Zoom Video Communications Inc nearly doubled its expectations for annual sales on Tuesday, driven by a surge in users as more people use its online tools to work from home and connect with friends during coronavirus-driven lockdowns.

Shares of the San Jose, California-based company rose nearly 5 per cent in extended trading after Zoom's revenue and profit for the first quarter also beat estimates by a wide margin.

The company, which has transformed itself from a business-oriented teleconferencing tool to a global video hangout during the pandemic, had come under fire over privacy and security issues, prompting it to roll out major upgrades to its platform.

However, the latest quarterly report shows the issue had little impact on its numbers. The company said it now has about 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees, a near four-fold increase from a year earlier.

The company competes with Cisco's Webex, Microsoft Teams and Google's Meet platform for paying customers, particularly enterprises, while fueling its daily user numbers by offering a free version of its app to consumers.

Zoom reported revenue of $328.2 million (Dh1.2 billion), beating analysts' estimates of $202.7 million (Dh744.4 million), according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

While Zoom's revenue increased sharply, its costs rose even more steeply, squeezing its gross margins. The company's cost of revenue was up 330 per cent to $103.7 million (Dh380.9 million), which lowered its gross margin to 68.4 per cent from 80.2 per cent a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 20 cents per share in the latest quarter, beating analysts' estimate of 9 cents per share.

The company raised its full-year revenue forecast to a range of $1.78 billion (Dh6.54 billion) to $1.80 billion (Dh6.94 billion) from $905.0 million (Dh3.32 billion) to $915.0 (Dh3.36 billion) million estimated previously. Analysts on average expected revenue of $935.2 million (Dh3.4 billion).

Zoom's shares have more than tripled this year.


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