Dropbox Tops Estimates in First Results Since IPO, Now Has 11.5 Million Paid Subscribers

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Dropbox Tops Estimates in First Results Since IPO, Now Has 11.5 Million Paid Subscribers
Highlights
  • Dropbox beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly results
  • Company's shares slipped 4 percent in extended trading on Thursday
  • Number of paying subscribers surged 23.7 percent: Dropbox

File sharing and storage company Dropbox beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly results and topped estimates for paying subscribers in its first financial report as a publicly traded company.

However, the company's shares, which had gained 10 percent this week ahead of the earnings, slipped 4 percent in extended trading on Thursday.

The San Francisco-based company said the number of paying subscribers surged 23.7 percent to 11.5 million at the end of March, topping analysts' average estimate of 11.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters.

The company, which started as a free service to share and store photos, music and other large files, has worked to build up its enterprise software offering.

Dropbox reported average revenue per user (ARPU) of $114.3 (roughly Rs. 7,700) in the first quarter, beating analysts' estimate of $110.

"(ARPU growth) does suggest Dropbox is having success converting individual paid users to business paid users," DA Davidson analyst Rishi Jaluria said.

The company, which competes with Alphabet's Google, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com as well as Box, forecast current-quarter revenue in the range of $328 million and $331 million.

Analysts were expecting revenue of $324.9 million (roughly Rs. 2,200 crores).

"Today's earnings also bode well for existing investors that are still in their lock up period," said Minal Hasan, investor at K2 Global, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in startup companies.

Dropbox's quarterly loss widened to $465.5 million (roughly Rs. 3,100 crores), as the company accounted for IPO-related expenses.

The company had a blockbuster debut on March 23 as investors bought into the biggest technology initial public offering in more than a year, with shares closing up more than 35 percent in their first day of trading.

On an adjusted basis, the company earned 8 cents per share, beating estimates of 5 cents.

Total revenue rose 28 percent to $316.3 million (roughly Rs. 2,100 crores), above estimates of $309.2 million.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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