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Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM) is a technology services and video conferencing company headquartered in San Jose, California and listed on the NASDAQ. Since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge of interest in Zoom as more people self-isolate and connect via video conferencing.
How to buy shares in Zoom
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Zoom. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ZM. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Zoom reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$559, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Zoom, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Zoom. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
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How has coronavirus impacted Zoom's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Zoom's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was US$559, which is 81.80% up on its pre-crash value of US$101.76 and 621.20% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as US$77.51.
If you had bought US$1,000 worth of Zoom shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth US$1,820.58 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth US$6,378.19.
Zoom share priceUse our graph to track the performance of ZM stocks over time.
Zoom shares at a glance
|Latest market close||USD$559|
|52-week range||USD$60.9675 - USD$588.84|
|50-day moving average||USD$455.7179|
|200-day moving average||USD$276.14|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$0.783|
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Is it a good time to buy Zoom stock?
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Zoom price performance over time
|1 week (2020-10-15)||4.21%|
|1 month (2020-09-25)||12.59%|
|3 months (2020-07-24)||126.72%|
|6 months (2020-04-24)||252.02%|
|1 year (2019-10-24)||766.40%|
|2 years (2018-10-21)||N/A|
|3 years (2017-10-21)||N/A|
|5 years (2015-10-21)||N/A|
Is Zoom under- or over-valued?
Valuing Zoom stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Zoom's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Zoom's P/E ratio
Zoom's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 708x. In other words, Zoom shares trade at around 708x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Zoom's PEG ratio
Zoom's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.5442. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Zoom's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Zoom's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$251.3 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Zoom's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$1.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||17.09%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$507.3 million|
|Return on assets TTM||7.79%|
|Return on equity TTM||23.74%|
|Market capitalisation||US$153.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Zoom shares
There are currently 12.8 million Zoom shares held short by investors – that's known as Zoom's "short interest". This figure is 57% up from 8.2 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Zoom shares can be evaluated.
Zoom's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Zoom's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Zoom shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Zoom shares traded daily (recently around 16.4 million). Zoom's SIR currently stands at 0.78. In other words for every 100,000 Zoom shares traded daily on the market, roughly 780 shares are currently held short.
However Zoom's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Zoom shares, or, against the total number of tradable Zoom shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Zoom's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Zoom shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0661% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Zoom shares, roughly 66 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Zoom.
Find out more about how you can short Zoom stock.
Zoom share dividends
We're not expecting Zoom to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Zoom Video Communications, Inc. provides a video-first communications platform in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company's product portfolio includes Zoom Meetings that offers HD video, voice, chat, and content sharing through mobile devices, desktops, laptops, telephones, and conference room systems; Zoom Phone, an enterprise cloud phone system that provides secure call routing, call queuing, call detail reports, call recording, call quality monitoring, voicemail, switch to video, and other services, as well as inbound and outbound calling services; and Zoom Chat enables sharing messages, images, audio files, and content in desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile devices for meeting and phone customers. It also offers Zoom Rooms, a software-based conference room system; Zoom Conference Room Connector, a gateway for SIP/H.323 endpoints to join Zoom meetings; and Zoom Video Webinars enables users to conduct large-scale online events, such as town hall meetings, workshops, and marketing presentations. In addition, the company provides Zoom for Developers that allows developers to integrate its video, phone, chat, and content sharing into other applications, as well as manages Zoom accounts; and Zoom App Marketplace enhance developers to publish their apps. It serves education, entertainment/media, enterprise infrastructure, finance, government, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit/not for profit and social impact, retail/consumer products, and software/Internet industries, as well as individuals. Zoom Video Communications, Inc. has partnership with ServiceNow. The company was formerly known as Zoom Communications, Inc. and changed its name to Zoom Video Communications, Inc. in May 2012. Zoom Video Communications, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
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