Business communications software company 8x8 (NYSE:EGHT) missed analyst expectations in Q4 FY2023 quarter, with revenue up 1.74% year on year to $184.5 million. Guidance for the next quarter also missed analyst expectations with revenues guided to $187 million at the midpoint, or 1.71% below analyst estimates. 8x8 made a GAAP loss of $9.43 million, improving on its loss of $45.6 million, in the same quarter last year.
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8x8 (EGHT) Q4 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $184.5 million vs analyst estimates of $185.7 million (0.65% miss)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.11 vs analyst estimates of $0.09 (22.7% beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q1 2024 is $187 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $190.2 million
- Management's revenue guidance for upcoming financial year 2024 is $759 million at the midpoint, missing analyst estimates by 0.89% and predicting 2.02% growth (vs 17.4% in FY2023)
- Free cash flow of $8.19 million, down 44.1% from previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 70.1%, up from 62.2% same quarter last year
“Fiscal 2023 was a year of milestones for 8x8 as we continued to invest in innovation while increasing our profitability and cash flow," said Samuel Wilson, 8x8 Interim Chief Executive Officer.
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 solid over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $144.7 million in Q4 FY2021, to $184.5 million.
8x8's quarterly revenue was only up 1.74% year on year, which might disappoint some shareholders. On top of that, revenue increased $129 thousand quarter on quarter, a strong improvement on the $2.99 million decrease in Q3 2023, and a sign of acceleration of growth, which is very nice to see indeed.
8x8 is guiding for revenue to decline next quarter 0.33% year on year to $187 million, a further deceleration on the 26.5% year-over-year decrease in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. For the upcoming financial year management expects revenue to be $759 million at the midpoint, growing 2.02% compared to 16.6% increase in FY2023.
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Large Customers Growth
You can see below that at the end of the quarter 8x8 reported 1,301 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually, a decrease of 8 on last quarter. We have no doubt shareholders would like to see the company regain its sales momentum.
Key Takeaways from 8x8's Q4 Results
With a market capitalization of $365.1 million 8x8 is among smaller companies, but its more than $137.6 million in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months put it in a very strong position to invest in growth.
It was good to see 8x8 beat expectations for quarterly EPS and improve their gross margin this quarter. On the other hand, the revenue guidance for next quarter and the full year both missed analysts' expectations. However, guidance for the next quarter and the full year operating profit were ahead of Consensus, the latter raised from previous guidance. Overall, this quarter's results were mixed. The company is down 0.78% on the results and currently trades at $3.2 per share.
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