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Zoom shares record worst day in 9 months as searing growth tapers off

Zoom shares record worst day in 9 months as searing growth tapers off

FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of Zoom logo in this illustration picture taken March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Zoom Video Communications Inc shares tumbled nearly 17per cent on Tuesday, after the video conferencing company signaled a faster-than-expected drop in demand and analysts questioned its future plans as people return to office.

Zoom and other video conferencing services such as Cisco, Microsoft's Teams and Salesforce's Slack raked in millions of new users as the pandemic forced people to work, study and communicate with friends and family remotely.

With easing pandemic curbs, Zoom will need to find new avenues for growth. The company already made a US$14.7 billion bet on Five9 in July to bolster its contact center business.

Analysts said it would take a few quarters for Zoom to return to its true underlying growth rate.

"There are significant questions outstanding regarding how new customer demand and customer churn rates will stabilize in the core business following the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions," analysts at Daiwa Capital wrote in a note.

Zoom forecast current-quarter revenue between US$1.015 billion and US$1.020 billion on Monday, indicating a rise of about 31per cent, compared with multiple-fold growth rates in 2020.

(GRAPHIC: Zoom's revenue growth set to slow further - https://graphics.reuters.com/ZOOM-RESULTS/lbvgnnyekpq/chart_eikon.jpg)

At least six brokerages cut their price targets on Zoom, according to Refinitiv data, with Piper Sandler being the most bearish - slashing its price target by over US$100 to US$369.

Shares of the company fell by the most in more than nine months to close at US$289.50 on Tuesday.

The company's shares rallied to stratospheric highs since February last year, with its valuation touching US$175 billion in October. Since then, the shares have eased and Zoom's current capitalization is half of the October peak.

(Reporting by Aniruddha Ghosh in Bengaluru, additional reporting by Chavi Mehta, Writing by Subrat Patnaik; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

Source: Reuters

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