With distribution of vaccines underway, there’s increased hope that the other side of the pandemic will come and a recent Intelligize blog discusses whether some companies should consider the vaccines as a risk factor. As many adjusted to working from home, many took advantage of online services — the blog mentions Zoom, Netflix and DoorDash as examples. But, once the lockdown is over, consumer preferences could change. The blog notes that people may prefer to go out to eat rather than having dinner delivered. Zoom’s most recent Form 10-Q included this risk factor and for companies positively impacted by the pandemic, it may be worth considering the need to include something similar:
We may not be able to sustain our revenue growth rate in the future.
We have experienced significant revenue growth in prior periods. You should not rely on the revenue growth of any prior quarterly or annual period as an indication of our future performance. We expect our revenue growth rate to generally decline in future periods. Many factors may contribute to declines in our growth rate, including higher market penetration, increased competition, slowing demand for our platform, especially once the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic tapers, particularly as a vaccine becomes widely available, and users return to work or school or are otherwise no longer subject to shelter-in-place mandates, a failure by us to continue capitalizing on growth opportunities, and the maturation of our business, among others. If our growth rate declines, investors’ perceptions of our business and the trading price of our Class A common stock could be adversely affected.
-Lynn Jokela, TheCorporateCounsel.net December 28, 2020
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