Zoom is seeking to raise $1.5bn to capitalise on surging demand

Video-conferencing group is a barometer of the pandemic economy, rising and falling on good or bad news

A student in Spain and his classmates take online classes at home,  via  Zoom, earlier this year. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A student in Spain and his classmates take online classes at home, via Zoom, earlier this year. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

 

Zoom Video Communications is seeking to raise $1.5 billion (€1.23 billion) through a stock offering, capitalising on surging demand for the video-conferencing platform during pandemic.

Zoom said in a statement Tuesday it expects to give its underwriter a 30-day option to buy as much as an additional $225 million of Class A stock at the public offering price, excluding underwriting discounts and fees. JPMorgan Chase and Co is the sole book runner for the sale.

The new shares will start trading January 13th, people familiar with the matter said, asking not to be identified because they aren’t authorised to speak publicly. The stock was up 1.6 per cent to $342.99 as the market opened in New York on Tuesday.

Barometer

Zoom has gained 362 per cent in the past 12 months, reflecting the demand it has seen as people work, learn and socialise on their computers. The stock has become a barometer of the pandemic economy, rising when Covid-19 lockdowns emerge and falling on good news about vaccines.

Chief executive Eric Yuan has tried to diversify Zoom’s capabilities for large enterprises, small- and mid-sized businesses and individuals so the company can grow after the coronavirus is controlled and more workers return to their offices.

In Zoom’s latest earnings report, it suggested that revenue growth in 2021 may be slightly less explosive than it was last year. Still, Zoom said it expects an increase in sales of 330 per cent in the current quarter, which ends in January.

- Bloomberg