Inverse Bubbles Part-1: Zoom (NASDAQ:ZM)


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Introduction

Over the past two years, now we have witnessed a number of waves of a world pandemic (a once-in-a-century occasion) that has disrupted regular life and restricted our mobility. Luckily, the speedy growth of mRNA (and different) vaccines has helped us battle the coronavirus. Hopefully, the omicron variant wave proves to be the tip of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m no virology skilled, and we aren’t right here to debate a pandemic; we’re right here to debate investing.

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Because the coronavirus pandemic pressured governments to close down their economies by limiting bodily human interactions, the traits in enterprise digital transformation had been accelerated considerably as companies and customers flocked to platforms like Zoom (NASDAQ:ZM) [for video meetings and remote work], Teladoc (TDOC) [for telehealth consults], Roku (ROKU) [for entertainment], Peloton (PTON) [for at-home fitness], and lots of others.

As a result of a pull-forward in demand, a few of these know-how firms underwent hypergrowth, which led to super rallies of their shares. As we return to normalcy (with the pandemic fading away), Mr. Market has turned bearish on these “COVID” performs during the last 18-21 months amid a deceleration in development charges, and in some circumstances, rightly so – Zoom was buying and selling at a P/S a number of of ~120x at its peak valuation of $175B on TTM revenues of ~$1B in 2020. We even called it a bubble at $300 in mid-2020, at roughly half of its peak.

Zoom and Teladoc price charts

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In hindsight, it’s straightforward for us to have a look at this worth chart and say that each Zoom and Teladoc had been in a bubble in mid-2020. That is the conclusion drawn by most buyers, and it’s possible the fitting one as a result of each of those shares have fallen so much from their all-time highs. Nevertheless, after present process a violent valuation compression, each Zoom and Teladoc are actually buying and selling at multiples decrease than pre-pandemic ranges. The companies have by no means been stronger.

Zoom and Teladoc valuations

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At ~24x P/FCF, Zoom is firmly within the worth inventory territory, and whereas Teladoc shouldn’t be as low-cost, it has by no means been cheaper in its lifetime. Whereas valuations are compressing, these high-quality companies are nonetheless rising (albeit at a slower tempo), which, in flip, is resulting in the formation of “inverse bubbles“. I see many such inverse bubbles within the high-growth inventory universe, and whereas Mr. Market is discarding the likes of Zoom, Teladoc, and Roku as “COVID”-only performs, the monetary realities of those companies inform a distinct story.

Teladoc and Zoom earnings

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We analyzed Roku’s This fall report in Roku: A Glorious Opportunity For Savvy Long-Term Investors and whereas Roku has shortly rebounded to the $120s, after a post-ER drop to $105, it stays a spectacular purchase. In an identical vein to Roku, Zoom and Teladoc are free money movement optimistic companies with lengthy development runways, and every of them provides uneven threat/reward alternatives for long-term buyers at their present worth ranges. I consider that an excessive amount of pessimism is priced into these shares, and the bearish media narrative of them being “COVID”-only performs is a fallacious argument (as confirmed by monetary numbers).

Lately, we made Zoom a brand new BTM weekly prime concept, and if you’re interested by studying our deep-dive analysis on the corporate, here is a hyperlink for that research note. In in the present day’s article, we are going to talk about Zoom’s quarterly report, enterprise highlights, and valuation. For the aim of brevity, I’ll defer Teladoc’s ER replace to the second a part of this word (to be launched quickly).

Zoom: This fall Earnings Assessment

In This fall, Zoom’s revenues got here in at $1.07B (up 21% y/y), beating expectations of ~$1.05B by a small margin. Whereas This fall numbers signify additional deceleration in development charges, the truth that Zoom continues to be rising within the post-pandemic period on the highest of an elevated income base dispels the idea that Zoom is a COVID-only inventory.

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

Zoom Telephone is gaining traction amongst enterprise prospects, as evidenced by the addition of greater than 550K seats in This fall. That is a brand new file for Zoom Telephone. As we all know, Zoom Telephone is projected to have a TAM of $23B by 2024, and these early numbers recommend that Zoom is superb at upselling Zoom Telephone as part of its UCaaS options suite. With greater than 500K prospects, Zoom Telephone is a large upselling alternative for the corporate.

Within the final yr or so, Zoom has been increasing its gross sales and advertising and marketing groups and Zoom’s enterprise buyer development (bigger prospects gained by way of direct gross sales groups and software program vendor companions); these investments appear to be paying off handsomely. The NDER of 130% displays the substantial worth supplied by Zoom’s best-of-breed unified communications platform.

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

Whereas Zoom’s enterprise enterprise goes sturdy (20% y/y development anticipated in 2022), its on-line channel revenues are flattening. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, smaller companies rushed to undertake Zoom’s merchandise to allow distant work. Nevertheless, because the pandemic eases off, Zoom is experiencing churn from smaller organizations, and Zoom’s CFO talked about that these firms have a tendency to go away and are available again to Zoom (in keeping with their enterprise wants). Therefore, the sequential decline in “Prospects with greater than ten workers” from 512K to 509K [some of this decline is coming from India, and it was expected due to the holiday season]. Whereas Zoom faces some near-term uncertainty almost about smaller prospects, the steering for development in enterprise prospects must be sufficient to masks this unavoidable weak spot.

As you might know, Zoom would not cost prospects on the idea of utilization, and so, greater utilization in the course of the pandemic resulted in a destructive affect on gross margins (mixed with components corresponding to the usage of third-party knowledge facilities). With the world shifting to hybrid work environments, Zoom’s visitors (utilization) goes down, leading to greater margins. In This fall, Zoom’s gross margins got here in at 76% (up +627 bps y/y).

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

With an growth in gross margins, Zoom’s (non-GAAP) working margins [39.2% in Q4 2021] have been trending up too during the last 5 to 6 quarters. Nevertheless, Zoom’s administration is as soon as once more reinvesting aggressively into Analysis & Improvement and Gross sales & Advertising and marketing to reinvigorate development on the firm within the post-pandemic period. This spending (principally within the type of SBC) is placing some stress on GAAP working margins; nevertheless, Zoom’s sturdy steadiness sheet place ($5.5B in web money) and money movement technology (~$2B per yr) calls for better re-investment for future development.

For 2022, Zoom’s administration steering requires revenues of ~$4.55B (up ~10.7% y/y), with the Q1 information exhibiting no sequential development in any respect. Whereas this steering could appear to point Zoom is hitting terminal development, it’s only gearing up for the following leg of its development story. Zoom’s CFO, Kelly Steckelberg, guided for re-acceleration in income within the again half of 2022.

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

Within the coming years, Zoom’s administration is planning a return to sturdy development charges of 20%+ (possibly much more). Though Eric and Kelly didn’t present multi-year development steering in the course of the This fall name, they did converse glowingly of the expansion alternatives forward for Zoom. As we all know, Zoom’s administration has a historical past of sandbagging steering, and I do not consider their present steering both. This gross sales variety of $4.55B would not embody Zoom Contact Middle, and Kelly admitted this throughout analyst Q&A. I’ve shared the long-term development drivers for Zoom earlier than, however let’s examine how Eric and Co are serious about future development for Zoom –

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

With the addition of the Zoom Contact Center, Zoom’s UCaaS platform is now a extra full resolution. In the course of the earnings name, Eric shared his ideas round key strategic pillars for Zoom’s future development and talked about doubling down on investments in Unified Communications (Zoom Telephone and Zoom Contact Middle) as the first driver for near-term development. If you’re an investor in Zoom or simply considering a recent funding in Zoom, I extremely encourage you to observe Zoom’s quarterly earnings webinar (link here) because it incorporates nice insights from Zoom’s administration relating to the corporate’s future development alternative, product roadmap, tradition, and imaginative and prescient.

One of many main issues round Zoom’s enterprise is competitors from deep-pocketed tech giants like Microsoft (MSFT) [Teams], Salesforce (CRM) [Slack], Alphabet (GOOG) [Google Meet], and lots of others. The This fall numbers from Zoom as soon as once more confirmed that competitors shouldn’t be consuming its lunch, and here is extra app downloads knowledge (from February 2022) that invalidates the false narrative round competitors:

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Now, Microsoft Groups is a formidable competitor, and I don’t deny it; nevertheless, Zoom is the perfect at what it does, and sure, it isn’t free like Groups, however Microsoft’s bundle shouldn’t be free both. There’s ample room for a number of winners on this market, and that is how I view it enjoying out over the long term:

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Beating The Market – SA Market Service

Beating The Market - SA Marketplace Service

Beating The Market – SA Market Service

Comments on Zoom

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On twenty eighth January 2022, I mentioned that Zoom would increase into the contact heart (with or with out Five9), and fewer than a month later, Zoom has launched its personal product. Now, I need to make clear that I didn’t obtain any insider info from the corporate; it was simply an informed guess based mostly on administration’s need to be on this enterprise (regardless of the failure of their Five9 (FIVN) acquisition deal) and make contact with heart being such a pure extension of Zoom’s platform. Our deep analysis allows us to know the place the puck goes with our companies earlier than the world finds out. We’re present process a interval of heightened volatility within the development inventory universe, however I’ve full confidence that just about all of BTM’s shares [selected with institutional-quality research] will reap huge returns when the market regains sanity. We should maintain specializing in the progress of the companies we personal, and the inventory worth will maintain itself in the long term.

Zoom Q4 Earnings Presentation

Zoom This fall Earnings Presentation

By 2024, Zoom’s unified communications TAM is projected to be value ~$84B (video and chat: $43B, cellphone: $23B, contact heart: $18B). The applying of AI/ML applied sciences throughout Zoom’s platform (automation) and integrations with third-party apps (Zoom’s app retailer) might tack on billions of {dollars} in extra TAM alternatives sooner or later. Moreover, Zoom has the optionality to face up a digital adverts enterprise to monetize the tens of millions of free customers on its platform.

We just lately mentioned this concept within the feedback part of considered one of our current notes on Zoom:

Zoom Is A New Weekly Top Idea

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After contemplating Zoom’s product roadmap and imaginative and prescient, I can see Zoom turning into one of many strongest enterprise software program firms on this planet. As Eric mentioned on the decision –

Zoom Contact Middle is simply the beginning. We’re going to resolve for a lot of extra points for enterprise prospects. That is in our DNA. Up to now, we delivered one new service each two years, and now now we have to ship a number of new providers in a yr.

Eric Yuan is a product man, and Zoom has been capable of take up a large market share in a mature business resulting from its capacity to ship 10x higher merchandise at lower than half of the business’s pricing. They’ve performed this with Zoom Conferences, are doing it with Zoom Telephone, and they’re going to repeat the trick with Zoom Contact Middle (greater high quality product priced at $70 per agent per thirty days vs. the business common of $200 per agent per thirty days). With this customer-centric method, Zoom is sure to take a big chunk of market share within the UCaaS house. The corporate can also be constructing an ecosystem for hybrid work environments by offering hardware-as-a-service options to organizations (i.e., Zoom Rooms, Zoom Telephones, and so on.). By creating integrations with third-party apps (just like the current integration with DocuSign (DOCU)) and providing these apps by way of Zoom’s app retailer [ZAPPS], Zoom is embedding itself deep into its prospects’ know-how stack.

Regardless of a short lived slowdown, Zoom has quite a lot of headroom for future development. With a income re-acceleration penned in for the second half of this yr, I feel this weak spot in Zoom’s inventory is a good shopping for alternative. Let’s analyze Zoom’s truthful worth and anticipated returns as soon as once more.

Zoom’s Truthful Worth And Anticipated Returns

Assumptions:

Ahead 12-month anticipated income [A]

$5.15 billion

Potential Free Money Move Margin [B]

35%

Common diluted shares excellent [C]

~310 million

Free money movement per share [ D = (A * B) / C ]

$5.83

Free money movement per share development price

20%

Terminal development price

3%

Years of elevated development

10

Whole years to stimulate

100

Low cost Charge (Our “Subsequent Finest Different”)

9.8%

Outcomes:

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L.A. Stevens Valuation Mannequin

ZM Valuation

L.A. Stevens Valuation Mannequin

Contemplating Zoom’s truthful worth of ~$403, it’s presently buying and selling at a hefty low cost of ~70%+. At ~24x P/FCF, Zoom is buying and selling at multiples usually ascribed to firms which have reached terminal development charges (which isn’t the truth).

Concluding Ideas

As a result of a violent valuation compression, Zoom has became a worth inventory. Within the final 18 months or so, Mr. Market’s temper has swung from overly optimistic to extraordinarily pessimistic in relation to Zoom’s development prospects. After experiencing a pull-forward in demand for its providers in 2020 (as a result of COVID-19 pandemic), Zoom is present process a interval of slower development. Whereas Zoom’s administration has undertaken a number of new product initiatives, the seek for that subsequent development lever continues. For the close to time period, Zoom Telephone and Zoom Contact Middle are prone to be the key drivers of development for the corporate.

Zoom is now working at a distinct scale – $4.1B in TTM revenues – and so driving development shouldn’t be an easy train. As you might know, Zoom operates in a extremely aggressive market, which was just about saturated earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated traits in digitization and made distant work obligatory. The nice factor for Zoom is that we’re returning to a brand new regular, which incorporates hybrid work environments, which implies Zoom’s services are nonetheless very a lot related to organizations (even with no pandemic).

Zoom’s best-of-breed unified communications platform (Video, Chat, Telephone, Contact Middle, and so on.) could be very sticky, as evidenced by Zoom’s NRR of 130%+ (in enterprise prospects, ~129% in prospects with >10 workers in This fall 2021). Regardless of the expectation of flattish numbers within the on-line channel, the power in Zoom’s enterprise enterprise (prospects coming by way of direct gross sales groups) is supportive of administration’s steering for a re-acceleration in development within the second half of 2022. For my part, Zoom’s TAM will proceed to increase for years to return, and the corporate has tons of money (~$5.5B) and money technology capability (~$2B per yr) to drive future development by way of natural and inorganic mediums. The just lately introduced $1B inventory buyback ought to apply a ground to the inventory, and it’s most likely simply the beginning of a multi-decade capital return program. Zoom is a confirmed, highly-profitable SaaS enterprise with huge optionality and a protracted runway for development, and it’s being supplied to us by the market at grime low-cost costs (P/FCF of ~24x). For me, Zoom is a no brainer purchase at these ranges.

Within the second a part of this word, we are going to talk about Teladoc’s This fall outcomes and the deserves of a long-term funding within the telehealth firm. This report must be out within the subsequent couple of days, so cling tight.

Key Takeaway: I price Zoom a powerful purchase at $120.

Thanks for studying, and comfortable investing. Please share your ideas, questions, or issues within the feedback part beneath.



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