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Investors turn their backs on Dubber as losses accelerate in the first-half

Tue 01 Mar 22, 11:19am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Dubber revenues grow more than 100%, benefiting from cloud tailwinds
  • The market has become less accepting of big losses, with recent examples including Kogan and Life360
  • Net losses accelerated 303% compared to last year

Dubber (ASX: DUB) shares plunged -12% in early trade as mounting losses in the first-half of FY22 appear to outweigh the growth in revenues.

For the uninitiated, Dubber is a leading provider of cloud-based call recording and voice AI services. Its technology can capture calls and conversations automatically, with features to allow for instant replays, transcription, sentiment analysis and more. 

Financials at a glance 

  • Revenue of $16.4m, up 122% 

  • Annual recurring revenue of $51.8m, up 33%

  • Net loss of -$30.8m, up 303%

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $108m versus $32m a year ago

Last July, Dubber successfully raised $110m from institutional investors.

Pathway towards $100m 

Dubber sees several tailwinds for the cloud call recording industry, notably: 

  • 75% of business conversations to be recorded by 2025, according to Gartner 

  • Public cloud spend as a percentage of total software spend to rise from 58% to 86% by 2025 

Dubber has built a 4-layered network effect to accelerate its pathway towards $100m in revenue and capture industry headwinds. This includes: 

  1. Strategic and accretive M&A

  2. Expand Dubber solutions and functionality to grow users 

  3. Partner program to sign on large customers and integrate with service providers

  4. Ride the growth in total addressable market as more customers migrate to cloud

Why Dubber shares are falling short 

Dubber shares went on a relentless run last March, rallying from $1.50 to all-time highs of $4.3 by September.

Dubber has now gone full-circle, back to 15-month lows of $1.30.

Dubber's downfall was broadly in-line with the fallout of technology stocks and pivot towards cyclical companies with strong cash flows.  

The market has become less accepting of fast growing companies reporting accelerated losses.

Some recent examples include Kogan.com (ASX: KGN) and Life360 (ASX: 360), both of which suffered sharp double digit percentage share price declines. With interest rate hikes and tighter monetary policy conditions on the horizon, companies need to make sure strong revenue growth trickle down to the bottom-line.

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Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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