Sluggish (WORK) earnings Q2 2021


Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of Slack Technologies Inc., speaks during an event in San Francisco, California.

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Team Communications Software Company fell to 20% of sluggish shares in extended trading on Tuesday after reporting fiscal second-quarter results and full-year guidance that exceeded analysts’ expectations. Although it was based on full-year guidance, revenue growth in the quarter, which ended on July 31, fell below 50% on an annual basis, consistent with the two previous quarters. This is a disappointment when compared with the video-calling software company Zoom, which showed 355% growth during the coronovirus epidemic.

Here’s how the company did:

  • Income: Loss of 3 cents per share (break-even), adjusted, versus 3 cents per share, as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $ 215.9 million expected by analysts, $ 209.1 million according to Refinitive.

The company reported a net loss of $ 73 million, a significant advance from the year-ago quarter, when it lost $ 360 million. The entire quarter of Slack saw the impact of the epidemic, as people became more dependent on online tools such as Slack and Zoom due to a ban on gathering in offices and schools. Revenue increased by 50% in the last quarter, when shelter came into force for almost half the time in the period, and 49% before that.

Slack did not reveal a new number of daily active users; The company had last said that in October it numbered 12 million. In a conference call with reporters, CEO Stewart Butterfield said what customers have to pay. The company said it had more than 130,000 paying customers this quarter, up over 30% year-over-year and over 128,000 of the FactSet consensus.

Butterfield quoted analysts in a separate conference call as saying, “The enterprise has undergone more budget scrutiny, especially from the new categories. Sluggish payments in the last two quarters led to more churn in customers and slowdown in existing paying customers” Had to expand.

In the fiscal second quarter, Slack announced the acquisition of Rimeto, a start-up with software that companies can use to show their workers’ profiles. Slack also said that he filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission, which claims Microsoft, which provides the Teams Communications app in its Office 365 Productivity-Software bundle, engages in anticomimetic behavior. The European Commission has previously fined Microsoft for not complying with the agreement to allow people the ability to choose a web browser and ordered the company to license some Windows technology to competitors.

“We view the complaint as a genuine one, but also believe that Microsoft is unlikely to be forced to sell teams as a standalone product only as a result,” sage Jaluria and Philip Rigby of DA Davidson, Which is equivalent to a hold rating. Sluggish stock, wrote in a note distributed to customers on 22 July. “This said, it could sell a version of Office without fines and teams to Microsoft, based on precedent set by EU fines and actions against Microsoft.”

Slack did not see a year-over-year change in his win rate against Microsoft Teams in the quarter, Slack’s Chief Financial Officer Alan Shim told reporters. Shim said Office 365 also uses customers who spend more than $ 1 million in recurring revenue annually.

In relation to the guidance, Slack forecast fiscal third-quarter adjusted losses of $ 222 million to $ 225 million in revenue from 6 cents to 5 cents per share. Analysts polled by Refinitive were looking for an adjusted loss of 5 cents per share and $ 223.7 million in revenue.

For the 2021 fiscal year, Slack said it expects adjusted losses in revenue of 14 cents to 13 cents per share and $ 870 million to $ 876 million. Analysts polled by Refinitive expected an adjusted loss of 16 cents per share with $ 872.3 million in revenue.

Excluding the hour after the start of the year, Slack’s shares are around 31%, while the S&P 500 is 3%.

Officials began discussing the results with analysts on a conference call at 5 pm Eastern time.

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