Zoom Can’t Escape Its Own Shadow


Fiscal second-quarter outcomes late Monday from Zoom Video Communications have been the hardest but for the videoconferencing supplier. Income for the quarter ended July 31 rose solely 8% yr over yr to about $1.1 billion. That was about 2% beneath the midpoint of the corporate’s steering vary and missed Wall Road’s consensus forecast for the primary time since Zoom went public in 2019. It additionally marked the primary occasion of single-digit development on file for the corporate that introduced videoconferencing to the homebound lots; Zoom has averaged 176% on-the-year development over the earlier eight quarters.

Zoom’s income forecast for the present quarter was additionally about 4% beneath analysts’ targets. As well as, the corporate trimmed its earlier outlook for the total fiscal yr ending in January, citing a mixture of unfavorable trade charges, weak spot in its on-line enterprise phase that serves shoppers and small companies, and a extra typical sample of closing gross sales offers for its enterprise facet within the again half of the fiscal yr. Its shares slid 8% after-hours Monday.


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