Zoom shares rise on strong current-quarter forecast, upbeat results

Zoom has seen its user numbers surge in the past year, while its shares more than quadrupled during the same period.  — Reuters pic
Zoom has seen its user numbers surge in the past year, while its shares more than quadrupled during the same period. — Reuters pic

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NEW YORK, March 2 — Zoom Video Communications Inc forecast current-quarter revenue above expectations, as the company expects millions of people to continue using its video-conferencing platform to work remotely and attend online classes, sending its shares up 10 per cent.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Zoom was a relative upstart founded by a former Cisco executive that had gone public on a promise to make video conferencing software easier to use.

However, businesses around the globe took to the company’s video conferencing services during the virus outbreak. Zoom has since seen a meteoric rise over the last year, with investors keen on knowing if the firm can maintain this level of growth.

Eric Yuan, founder and chief executive officer of Zoom, said the firm was “well positioned for strong growth” in the coming year.

The company forecast current-quarter revenue between US$900 million and US$905 million (RM3.65 billion and RM3.67 billion), compared with estimates of US$829.2 million, according to IBES Refinitiv data.

Zoom has seen its user numbers surge in the past year, while its shares more than quadrupled during the same period. The platform said it has 1,644 customers contributing more than US$100,000 in trailing 12 months revenue, more than double from a year earlier.

The company reported quarterly revenue of US$882.5 million, compared with estimates of US$811.8 million. On an adjusted basis, Zoom earned US$1.22 per share, beating estimates of 79 cents per share.

The company’s shares, which closed up 9.6 per cent yesterday, were trading at US$452 after the bell. — Reuters

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