Cloud Stocks: Focusing On Mobile And AI

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The continuing pandemic conditions are driving up demand for services such as those offered by (NYSE:BILL). listed last December and despite uncertain times, it continues to see its stock soar.’s Financials recently announced its first quarter financials. Revenue for the quarter grew 31% to $46.2 million, significantly ahead of estimates of $36.83 million. Net loss was $13 million, compared to net loss of $5.7 million a year ago. On an adjusted basis, net loss was $2.8 million, or $0.04 per share, compared with a net loss of $2.8 million or $0.05 per share last year. The market was looking for a loss of $0.10 per share for the quarter.

By segment, subscription and transaction revenues grew 53% to $43.8 million.

Among key metrics, it reported a customer growth of 27% to over 103,600. It processed $28.8 billion in total payment volume, growing 31% from 6.5 million transactions a year ago.’s Product Upgrades

During the quarter, continued to expand its AI capabilities. It recently brought its supplier enablement completely in-house, by employing its own AI matching logic for vendor matching, thus automating the function. By controlling the entire process, is now able to improve its ability to identify card-accepting suppliers, allowing them to get paid quicker. The employees are also better equipped than third parties when promoting virtual card payments to suppliers.

It has also announced a partnership with KeyBank and has made Key CashFlow available to all its customers. Key CashFlow was originally made available for banking customers in October. Key CashFlow is a part of’s go-to-market initiatives where it is partnering with financial institutions to expand market share.

Earlier last quarter, rolled out a new feature called Instant Transfer that allows its network partners to get paid 24/7, and their funds are available for use immediately. It currently charges the recipient an ad valorem fee for the service. The service is currently in pilot mode, and is pleased with early engagement data that the services is getting.

The current pandemic has accelerated the adoption of mobile use. The number of mobile app downloads almost doubled year-on-year and its number of active mobile users hit an all-time high at the end of the quarter. The company expects a higher level of mobile usage by its network members driven by the continued innovations and release of services like Instant Transfer.

Its stock is currently trading at $134.50 with a market capitalization of $10.92 billion. It had fallen to a 52-week low of $23.61 in March this year. It hit a 52-week high of $154.03 in December 2020. had listed on the NYSE in December 2019 when it raised $216 million at an IPO price of $22 apiece and a valuation of $1.6 billion. Prior to listing, it had raised $279.7 million through venture rounds. Its last venture round had valued the organization at $1.1 billion.

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