Slack stock tumbles after missing second quarter estimates

Slack (WORK) reported second quarter results after the closing bell on Tuesday afternoon. The workplace collaboration app announced revenue of $215.9 million. The stock plummeted more than 15% in after hours trading after calculated billings fell well short of analyst estimates. Shares of Slack were up as much as 5.2% in Tuesday’s trading session ahead of the report.

Here’s how Slack performed last quarter compared to Bloomberg consensus expectations:

Revenue: $215.9 million vs. estimates for $209.2 million

Paid customers: 130,000+ vs. estimates for 127,950

Billings: $218.2 million vs. estimates for $232.9 million

Adjusted loss per share: Break even vs. estimates for three cents per share.

Looking ahead for guidance in the third quarter:

3Q adjusted loss per share estimate: Six cents to five cents vs. estimates of five cents

FY adjusted loss per share estimate: 14 cents to 13 cents vs. estimates of 16 cents

Heading into the quarterly report, analysts painted a mixed picture of the stock, with 12 buys, nine holds, and four sell ratings, and the average price target at $34.67. Slack’s adjusted EPS beat estimates in four of the past four quarters.

The exuberant strength of the work-from-home tailwind may be taking an overdue breather amid a broader sell-off in the tech sector. In addition to Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Apple (AAPL), cloud players like Zoom (ZM), Docusign (DOCU) and Salesforce (CRM) are seeing moderation across the board. The high-flying tech names that were essential in leading the market up have been leading all three major indices lower for a third consecutive day. But the widely held view is that the sell-off is largely the result of healthy profit-taking, not a broader-based correction.

Cowen analyst J. Derrick Wood wrote in a note last week that about 10% of Slack’s float is still being shorted by investors, reflecting the high level of uncertainty and tepidness surrounding the stock. Looking at the overall landscape, Slack has proven to be a sticky service, even against its only formidable competitor, Microsoft Teams (MSFT). In its fiscal first quarter, Slack has so far held up strongly, posting a 132% net dollar retention rate.

Slack has been steadily expanding its portfolio of large enterprise clients, which include Amazon (AMZN), IBM (IBM) and Yahoo Finance parent company Verizon (VZ).

Melody Hahm is Yahoo Finance’s West Coast correspondent, covering entrepreneurship, technology and culture.


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