Business communications software company 8x8 (NYSE:EGHT) missed analysts' expectations in Q3 FY2024, with revenue down 1.8% year on year to $181 million. Next quarter's revenue guidance of $178.5 million also underwhelmed, coming in 3.8% below analysts' estimates. It made a non-GAAP profit of $0.12 per share, improving from its profit of $0.07 per share in the same quarter last year.
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8x8 (EGHT) Q3 FY2024 Highlights:
- Market Capitalization: $434.9 million
- Revenue: $181 million vs analyst estimates of $183.4 million (1.3% miss)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.12 vs analyst estimates of $0.10 (20.9% beat)
- Revenue Guidance for Q4 2024 is $178.5 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $185.6 million (full year revenue guidance also below)
- Free Cash Flow of $639,000, down 94.7% from the previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 69%, in line with the same quarter last year
“I am pleased to report that we met our guidance ranges for service revenue and total revenue and exceeded our guidance range for non-GAAP operating margin in the third quarter,” said Samuel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of 8x8,
Founded in 1987, 8x8 (NYSE:EGHT) provides software for organizations to efficiently communicate and collaborate with their customers, employees, and partners.
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As you can see below, 8x8's revenue growth has been unremarkable over the last two years, growing from $156.9 million in Q3 FY2022 to $181 million this quarter.
This quarter, 8x8's revenue was down 1.8% year on year, which might disappointment some shareholders.
Next quarter, 8x8 is guiding for a 3.3% year-on-year revenue decline to $178.5 million, a further deceleration from the 1.7% year-on-year decrease it recorded in the same quarter last year. Looking ahead, analysts covering the company were expecting sales to grow 2.1% over the next 12 months before the earnings results announcement.
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Cash Is King
If you've followed StockStory for a while, you know that we emphasize free cash flow. Why, you ask? We believe that in the end, cash is king, and you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills. 8x8's free cash flow came in at $639,000 in Q3, down 94.8% year on year.
8x8 has generated $43.76 million in free cash flow over the last 12 months, a decent 5.9% of revenue. This FCF margin stems from its asset-lite business model and gives it a decent amount of cash to reinvest in its business.
Key Takeaways from 8x8's Q3 Results
This was a tough quarter. The company's full-year revenue guidance was below expectations and its revenue guidance for next quarter and the full year both missed Wall Street's estimates. A bright spot was a beat on profit that led to a non-GAAP EPS beat. However, underperformance on revenue guidance is driving the stock performance. Overall, the results could have been better. The company is down 3% on the results and currently trades at $3.26 per share.
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