Zoom Video Communications (ZM), the video-conferencing company has seen major price increases since the Coronavirus outbreak. Is the company’s stock value a reflection of the businesses promising growth? Alternatively, is the stock beginning to look overvalued?
Zoom is a cloud-based conferencing software that can be used via your browser, desktop or mobile application. Zoom enables users to virtually interact with contacts when a physical meeting is not possible, such as if you work remotely. Zoom is more than a video chat software, as it allows users to record meetings, share one another’s screens and create annotations. This flexibility results in the ability to collaborate efficiently on projects for work or education.
A basic Zoom account is free and allows video meetings for a limited number of participants for a limited time. Following this, Zoom offers three additional packages ranging from £11.99 - £15.99* per month per host. As packages get more expensive, they reduce limits on participant numbers and meeting lengths. They also come with additional features such as cloud recording storage, dedicated support and customisation options. However, as packages get more expensive, they also require a minimum number of ‘hosts’ per package.
‘Zoom rooms’ is Zoom’s video conferencing package. Here Zoom makes a clear distinction between meeting packages and conferencing packages. A room in currently £39.00 per month per room, and works as an ideal solution for larger companies who regularly host conferences.
For example, a multinational enterprise (MNE) that wishes to sign up to zoom may choose their enterprise package, starting at £15.99 per month for a minimum of 100 hosts - resulting in a total minimum cost of £1,599 per month.
With around half of Fortune 500 companies reportedly using Zoom in 2019, it’s no surprise that Zoom’s stock price has risen drastically since the outbreak of coronavirus. The virus has caused many to work remotely, creating a larger demand for conferencing tools that enable workers and teams to keep in touch and continue collaborating.
Zoom video communication’s stock made its debut on the NASDAQ under the ticker ‘ZM’ on Thursday the 18th of April 2019. Zoom announced their stock would be priced at anywhere between $32.00 and $35.00. Once the stock was publicly available, the price quickly surged over 80% to $65, before ending its first day of trading at around $62.
Following Zoom’s IPO, it reached highs of 107.34 on June the 20th before price momentum slowed down and the price gradually fell over the next months, closing at 68.04 on the last trading day of 2019.
Zoom stock price opened at 68.80 on the first trading day of 2020. However, following the coronavirus news and surrounding pandemic, Zoom’s stock is currently at a high of approximately £277 as of August 2020. Since the start of the year, Zoom’s stock has been on a bull run and could continue if many continue to work from home, with many expecting it to reach new highs.
Demand for collaboration tools, such as Zoom has hit a new high following the coronavirus pandemic. Most company’s employees are working from home and there is limited contact between businesses dealing with one another. A combination of these factors and the likelihood of social distancing lasting throughout 2021 could boost Zoom’s revenue accordingly.
Many analysts predict that Zoom could grow its annual revenue to around the £1bn mark by 2021, a significant increase from the £662m in 2019. Besides the spike of users from coronavirus, many companies are becoming more remote. This ‘remote working revolution’ will require effective video conferencing software, such as Zoom to contribute to the revolution.
Zoom is currently trading at an overvalued rate, with its 12-month-trailing P/E ratio approximately 444x times its EPS. However, if the company keeps building upon its financial results and gains market share in the video conferencing industry, it could result in a promising future for the relatively new company.
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Zoom is a relatively new company that has managed to consistently increase its revenue and earnings YoY. The recent coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the demand for Zoom’s product and services to skyrocket, resulting in a share price to reflect this increased demand.
Mixed analyst reports and volatile financial markets mean it is unknown how Zoom’s share price will fluctuate in the future. However, it managed to increase its stock price by 200% in a period when the S&P 500 dropped by 17%, and has outperformed several high-profile tech stocks like Slack and Uber.
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'*Prices were correct as of 19/08/20 and are subject to change.
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