Call center software provider Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN) reported Q2 FY2022 results that beat analyst expectations, with revenue up 31.7% year on year to $189.3 million. The company expects that next quarter's revenue would be around $193 million, which is the midpoint of the guidance range. That was in roughly line with analyst expectations. Five9 made a GAAP loss of $23.6 million, down on its loss of $16.5 million, in the same quarter last year.
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Five9 (FIVN) Q2 FY2022 Highlights:
- Revenue: $189.3 million vs analyst estimates of $180 million (5.16% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.34 vs analyst estimates of $0.18 ($0.16 beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q3 2022 is $193 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
- The company lifted revenue guidance for the full year, from $771.5 million to $781.5 million at the midpoint, a 1.29% increase
- Free cash flow was negative $26 million, down from positive free cash flow of $15.7 million in previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 53.4%, down from 55.2% same quarter last year
“Despite the macro environment uncertainties, we continued to experience strong growth with second quarter record bookings for both new logos and our installed base. Given the mission criticality of contact centers and a massive yet barely penetrated TAM, as well as our leading platform, go-to-market machine and proven execution, we remain confident in delivering durable and profitable growth,” said Rowan Trollope, CEO, Five9
Started in 2001, Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN) offers software as a service that makes it easier for companies to set up and efficiently run call centers, and offer more tailored customer support.
Work is becoming more distributed, both across geographies and devices. In order for businesses to keep functioning efficiently, they need to be able to communicate as well as they did when the teams were co-located, which drives the demand for integrated communication platforms.
As you can see below, Five9's revenue growth has been very strong over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $143.7 million, to $189.3 million.
And unsurprisingly, this was another great quarter for Five9 with revenue up 31.7% year on year. But the growth did slow down compared to last quarter, as the revenue increased by just $6.6 million in Q2, compared to $9.17 million in Q1 2022. We'd like to see revenue increase by a greater amount each quarter, but a one-off fluctuation is usually not concerning.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates Five9 is expecting revenue to grow 25% year on year to $193 million, slowing down from the 37.6% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 22.5% over the next twelve months.
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What makes the software as a service business so attractive is that once the software is developed, it typically shouldn't cost much to provide it as an ongoing service to customers. Five9's gross profit margin, an important metric measuring how much money there is left after paying for servers, licenses, technical support and other necessary running expenses was at 53.4% in Q2.
That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.53 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. While it improved significantly from the previous quarter this would still be considered a low gross margin for a SaaS company and we would like to see the improvements continue.
Key Takeaways from Five9's Q2 Results
Since it has still been burning cash over the last twelve months it is worth keeping an eye on Five9’s balance sheet, but we note that with a market capitalization of $6.63 billion and more than $498.3 million in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.
We enjoyed seeing Five9’s improve their gross margin materially this quarter. And we were also excited to see that it outperformed Wall St’s revenue expectations. Overall, we think this was a really good quarter, that should leave shareholders feeling very positive. The company is up 8.25% on the results and currently trades at $106.5 per share.
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