Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s quarterly revenue surpassed $1 billion for the first time in the company’s history, though the strong demand for its videoconferencing services that made it ubiquitous during the pandemic is showing signs of easing as regular activities resume.
The roughly 54% increase in revenue, while slightly better than Wall Street expected, couldn’t match the huge growth that Zoom had in the year-earlier period, when revenue surged fourfold compared with the prior year as companies leaned more heavily into remote working.
While the company forecast revenue of more than $1 billion again in the current quarter, its adjusted earnings guidance came in lower than expected. And company officials said small businesses and consumers were starting to spend less as opportunities for in-person meetings and gatherings expand. Zoom officials said some metrics supercharged by the pandemic had begun to normalize as customers returned to "more thoughtful, measured buying-patterns."
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Zoom shares fell 12% in after-hours trading, after closing up 2% on Monday.
Research firm International Data Corp. projects collaboration applications to become a roughly $51 billion market by 2025, nearly double 2020 levels.
Microsoft Corp. MSFT 1.29% in its most recent earnings report said that use of Teams, its group conferencing and collaboration software, had reached record levels with nearly 250 million monthly active users and nearly 80 million monthly active Teams Phones users with total calls surpassing one billion in one month.
Zoom Phone, which the company sells as a telephone option for huddle rooms and executive offices, in August reached 2 million seats sold, and the number of Phone customers that generated more than $100,000 in revenue over the previous 12 months more than tripled from the comparable period a year earlier, company executives said.
As offices start to reopen, analysts are raising questions about Zoom’s ability to retain paying customers and sustain the kind of growth rate it has enjoyed during the pandemic.
On Monday, Zoom said it now had about 504,900 customers with more than 10 employees, up from about 497,000 in the April quarter, and said about 2,278 customers generated more than $100,000 in revenue over the past 12 months, up from about 1,999 in the previous quarter.
Zoom has been adding features and services and in July agreed to buy cloud-based customer-service software provider Five9 Inc., a deal that Zoom said would allow it to tap into a $24 billion contact-center market.
"Today we are a global brand counting over half a million customers with more than 10 employees, which we believe positions us extremely well to support organizations and individuals as they look to reimagine work, communications, and collaboration," Zoom founder and Chief Executive Eric S. Yuan said.
Zoom’s second-quarter profit rose to about $317 million from about $186 million a year earlier, while revenue reached $1.02 billion, up from $663.5 million a year ago.
The results beat Zoom’s and Wall Street projections, according to FactSet.
The California-based company said it now expects annual revenue to reach $4.01 billion to $4.02 billion, compared with its earlier view of $3.98 billion to $3.99 billion, and $4.75 to $4.79 a share in adjusted profit, compared with its previous range of $4.56 to $4.61 a share.