Zoom, the video conferencing startup valued at $ 1 billion in early 2017, has filed to go public on the Nasdaq as soon as next month.
The company joins a growing list of tech unicorns making the leap to the public markets in 2019, but it stands out for one very important reason: It’s actually profitable.
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Zoom was founded in 2011 by Eric Yuan, an early engineer at WebEx, which sold to Cisco for $ 3.2 billion in 2007. Before launching Zoom, he spent four years at Cisco as its vice president of engineering. In a conversation with TechCrunch last month, he said he would never sell another company again, hinting at his dissatisfaction at WebEx’s post-acquisition treatment being his motivation for taking Zoom public as opposed to selling.
Zoom, which raised a total of $ 145 million to date, posted $ 330 million in revenue in the year ending January 31, 2019, a remarkable 2x increase year-over-year, with a gross profit of $ 269.5 million. The company similarly more than doubled revenues from 2017 to 2018, wrapping fiscal year 2017 with $ 60.8 million in revenue and 2018 with $ 151.5 million.
The company’s losses are shrinking, from $ 14 million in 2017, $ 8.2 million in 2018 and just $ 7.5 million in the year ending January 2019.
Zoom is backed by Emergence Capital, which owns a 12.5 percent pre-IPO stake, according to the IPO filing. Other investors in the business include Sequoia Capital (11.4 percent pre-IPO stake); Digital Mobile Venture (9.8 percent), a fund affiliated with former Zoom board member Samuel Chen; and Bucantini Enterprises Limited (6.1 percent), a fund owned by Li Ka-shing, a Chinese billionaire and among the richest people in the world.
Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have been recruited to lead the offering.