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MGI 360 Ratings - Zuora in Billing Management May 2 2018

MGI 360 RatingsRATING UPDATE: We increase MGI 360 rating of Zuora in the Billing Management market from 61 to 62 and re-iterate a POSITIVE outlook. 
 
OPINION: Over the last 12-18 months the company has shown a steady improvement in execution, sales focus and R&D discipline together with stronger cost controls and better customer feedback. Investment into microservices architecture is allowing for more modular packaging and faster time-to-market. Company is adding lightweight modules for CPQ and a Payment Management component that also provides expanded Collections capability. Acquisition of revenue recognition specialist Leeyo added an important product (RevPro - not rated here) that is currently in the sweet spot of customer demand together with skilled talent and an attractive client base. Zuora IPO in April of 2018 has received a generally favorable reception from institutions. Zuora component scores are all up except for Finance which reflects a larger EBITDA loss than the pre-IPO estimates. The next few quarters will be a significant test for Zuora as it deals with operating as a public entity and tries to meet or beat growth expectations. In our view, Zuora has significant headroom for further growth. 
 
USE CASE: Monetization projects that need subscription management with medium transaction volumes and modest to moderate complexity across a spectrum of company sizes (from SME to very large) with billing value of $25Mil to $250Mil as the sweet spot.
 
COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Zuora was founded in 2007 by former Webex and Salesforce.com execs K.V. Rao, Cheng Zou and Tien Tzuo and has privately raised over $250Million in VC and institutional funding and over $150Mil in a recent IPO. Customer count is around 950. Annual customer billing volume is $7Billion with and average customer billing about $7.4 Million per year. Zuora sells its solutions directly via a direct sales force and leveraging partnerships with companies such as Salesforce.com, Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant and PwC. Zuora brand visibility, funding, pure-cloud architecture, deployment methodology and size of channel separate Zuora from the rest of the next-generation, SaaS-only vendors.
 
COMPETITORS: SAP Hybris Billing, Oracle BRM, Aria Systems, goTransverse, BillingPlatform
 
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