Office and call centre communications software provider RingCentral (NYSE:RNG) reported results ahead of analyst expectations in the Q2 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 28.3% year on year to $486.8 million. However, guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $502 million at the midpoint, being 1.08% below analyst estimates. RingCentral made a GAAP loss of $159.5 million, down on its loss of $110.9 million, in the same quarter last year.
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RingCentral (RNG) Q2 FY2022 Highlights:
- Revenue: $486.8 million vs analyst estimates of $479.2 million (1.59% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.45 vs analyst estimates of $0.41 (9.75% beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q3 2022 is $502 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $507.5 million
- The company reconfirmed revenue guidance for the full year, at $2 billion at the midpoint
- Free cash flow of $29.4 million, down 23.7% from previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 67.5%, down from 72.3% same quarter last year
“Our second quarter key metrics exceeded the high end of our guidance range and demonstrated our consistent execution,” said Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral’s founder, chairman and CEO.
Founded in 1999 during the dot-com era, RingCentral (NYSE:RNG) provides software as a service that unifies phone, text, fax, video calls and chat in one platform.
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As you can see below, RingCentral's revenue growth has been very strong over the last year, growing from quarterly revenue of $379.2 million, to $486.8 million.
This quarter, RingCentral's quarterly revenue was once again up a very solid 28.3% year on year. Quarter on quarter the revenue increased by $19.2 million in Q2, which was in line with Q1 2022. This steady quarter-on-quarter growth shows the company is able to maintain its steady growth trajectory.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates RingCentral is expecting revenue to grow 21% year on year to $502 million, slowing down from the 36.5% 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 23.2% over the next twelve months.
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That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.67 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 RingCentral's Q2 Results
With a market capitalization of $4.62 billion RingCentral is among smaller companies, but its more than $306.4 million in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months give us confidence that RingCentral has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.
It was good to see RingCentral deliver strong revenue growth this quarter. And we were also happy to see it topped analysts’ revenue expectations, even if just narrowly. On the other hand, it was unfortunate to see that the revenue guidance for the next quarter missed analysts' expectations. Overall, it seems to us that this was a mixed quarter for RingCentral. The company is up 8.67% on the results and currently trades at $54 per share.
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