Zoom Video Communications just rallied to new record highs after the coronavirus pandemic fueled one of the most dramatic growth stories ever.
ZM closed at $457.67 today. That’s 1,171 percent above the $36 price where it went public just 16 months ago on April 18, 2019.
“We continued to see meaningful adoption of Zoom’s video-first unified communication platform across industries and geographies,” CEO Eric Yang told investors on a conference call yesterday afternoon.
ZM’s revenue more than quadrupled as millions of employees, students and loved ones flocked to its video-conferencing program. It was more than 30 percent above consensus estimates, and per-share profit beat by 70 percent.
Today’s rally through $450 lifted ZM’s market capitalization above $100 billion for the first time ever. It might not be included in the S&P 500, but it’s now bigger than at least 80 percent of the index’s members. Based on current valuations, the company is now comparable to home-improvement chain Lowe’s (LOW).
ZM said the number of customers with at least 10 employees increased 458 percent. Customers paying at least six figures in yearly revenue also doubled. Both facts suggest Zoom is becoming a mainstay of corporate life.
Management raised its guidance after the strong quarter. Full-year revenue will be at least $2.37 billion, more than 30 percent above the Street’s expectations.
Speaking of Wall Street, at least nine firms raised their price targets on ZM. They included Citi, RBC, Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo and Baird. Some analysts cited the opportunities for new services as bigger companies with larger IT budgets sign up.
ZM also mentioned the potential for its conferencing as an educational tool. More than 100,000 schools signed up for free access during the pandemic, and the company drew more than 35,000 people to a recent promotional event.
In conclusion, coronavirus has hurt a lot of the economy. But it’s also proven a huge boon to software and technology companies. And few have benefited more than ZM.
This article was written by David Russell, TradeStation Securities, Inc., part of the Monex Group Inc, published on 01/09/2020.
David Russell is VP of Market Intelligence at TradeStation Group. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial. Russell systematically reviews countless global financial headlines and indicators in search of broad tradable trends that present opportunities repeatedly over time. Customers can expect him to keep them appraised of sector leadership, relative strength and the big stories – especially those overlooked by other commentators. He’s also a big fan of generating leverage with options to limit capital at risk.
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