Dropbox is crashing despite beating Wall Street expectations, announces COO Dennis Woodside is leaving


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Again when Dennis Woodside joined Dropbox as its chief operating officer more than four years ago, the corporate was making an attempt to justify the $10 billion valuation it had hit in its speedy rise as a Net 2.zero darling. Now, Dropbox is a public firm with an almost $14 billion valuation, and it as soon as once more confirmed Wall Road that it’s capable of beat expectations with a now extra strong enterprise enterprise alongside its shopper roots.

Dropbox’s second quarter outcomes got here in forward of Wall Road’s expectations on each the earnings and income entrance. The corporate additionally introduced that Dennis Woodside shall be leaving the corporate. Woodside joined at a time when Dropbox was beginning to determine its enterprise enterprise, which it was capable of develop and rework into a robust case for Wall Road that it might lastly be a profitable publicly traded firm. The IPO was certainly profitable, with the corporate’s shares hovering greater than 40 % in its debut, so it is sensible that Woodside has primarily completed his job by getting it right into a enterprise prepared for Wall Road.

“I feel as a group we completed a ton during the last 4 and a half years,” Woodside stated in an interview. “Once I joined they have been a pair hundred million in income and just a little beneath 500 individuals. [CEO] Drew [Houston] and Arash [Ferdowsi] have constructed a terrific enterprise, since then we’ve scaled globally. Near half our income is outdoors the U.S., we now have nicely over 300,000 groups for our Dropbox enterprise product, which was nascent there. These are accomplishments of the staff, and I’m fairly proud.”

The inventory initially exploded in prolonged buying and selling by rising greater than 7 %, although even previous to the market shut and the corporate reporting its earnings, the inventory had risen as a lot as 10 %. However following that spike, Dropbox shares at the moment are down round 5 %. Dropbox is certainly one of a lot of SaaS corporations which have gone public in current months, together with DocuSign, which have seen appreciable success. Whereas Dropbox has managed to make its case with a robust enterprise enterprise, the corporate was born with shopper roots and has tried to hold over that simplicity with the enterprise merchandise it rolls out, like its collaboration device Dropbox Paper.

Right here’s a fast rundown of the numbers:

  • Q2 Income: Up 27 % year-over-year to $339.2 million, in comparison with estimates of $331 million in income.
  • Q2 GAAP Gross Margin: 73.6 %, as in comparison with 65.four % in the identical interval final yr.
  • Q2 adjusted earnings: 11 cents per share in contrast, in comparison with estimates of seven cents per share.
  • Paid customers: 11.9 million paying customers, up from 9.9 million in the identical quarter final yr.
  • ARPU: $116.66, in comparison with $111.19 similar quarter final yr.

So, not solely is Dropbox capable of present that it could actually proceed to develop that income, the precise worth of its customers can also be going up. That’s essential, as a result of Dropbox has to point out that it will probably proceed to accumulate higher-value clients — which means it’s steadily shifting up the Fortune 100 chain and getting bigger and extra established corporations on board that may supply it greater and larger contracts. It additionally provides it the room to make bigger strategic strikes, like migrating onto its own architecture late final yr, which, in the long term might end up to drastically enhance the margins on its enterprise.

“We did speak earlier within the quarter about our funding during the last couple years in SMR know-how, an progressive storage know-how that permits us to optimize value and efficiency,” Woodside stated. “We proceed to innovate ways in which permit us to drive higher efficiency, and that drives higher economics.”

The corporate continues to be trying to make vital strikes within the type of new hires, together with just lately saying that it has a brand new VP of product and VP of product advertising, Adam Nash and Naman Khan, respectively. Dropbox’s new workforce underneath CEO Drew Houston are tasked with persevering with the corporate’s path to cracking into bigger enterprises, which may give it a way more predictable and strong enterprise alongside the typical shoppers that pay to host their information on-line and entry them from just about anyplace.

As well as, there are a pair government modifications as Woodside transitions out. Yamini Rangan, presently VP of Enterprise Technique & Operations, will turn out to be Chief Buyer Officer reporting to Houston, and comms VP Lin-Hua Wu may even report back to Houston.

Dropbox had its first quarterly earnings check-in and slid previous the expectations that Wall Road had, although its GAAP gross margin slipped a little bit and may have offered a slight negative signal for the company. However since then, Dropbox’s inventory hasn’t had any main missteps, giving it extra credibility on the general public markets — and extra assets to draw and retain expertise with compensation packages linked to that inventory.

“Our retention has been fairly robust,” Woodside stated. “We see robust retention traits throughout the client set we have now, whether or not it’s giant or small. Clearly bigger corporations have extra alternative to broaden over time, so our enlargement metrics are fairly robust in clients of over a number of hundred staff. However even amongst small companies, Dropbox is the type of product that has gravity. When you begin utilizing it and begin sharing it, it turns into a spot the place your corporation is small or giant is managing all its content material, it tends to be a sticky expertise.”