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With an IPO on Its Mind, Skype Shows Growth

Regardless of what happens to Skype (s EBAY) — if it’s resold to founders, merged with another web giant or spun off via an initial public offering — one thing remains clear: The company is showing raw growth in both its revenues and registered user numbers. For the first quarter of 2009, the company reported revenues of $153.2 million vs. $145 million in the first fourth quarter of 2008.

It added 37.9 million new users during the quarter and now has a total of 443.2 million registered users. In comparison, the company ended 2008 with 405 million subscribers. In the previous quarter it added about 35 million new registered users. Skype, which has become the largest long-distance company, has been experiencing slowdown in its per-user revenues. The company logged 2.9 billion Skype Out minutes, or about 6.53 minutes per user.

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11 Responses to “With an IPO on Its Mind, Skype Shows Growth”

  1. Krishna Baidya

    kudos to skype on its growth … of course it is adding muscle to its current status and probably have good (financial) impact on its future (whatever course it chooses).

    will be keen to see a in depth analysis on its monetizing strategy …. don’t you think $153.2 million in quarterly revenue from 443.2 million registered users is not that impressive after all.

  2. interesting. does anyone know

    a) how many minutes are skype to skype —> a good % of that is what they have taken out of the voice market, and cannot monetize
    b) length of average conversation, skype to skype vs. skype to skypeOut. curious about the impact of free….
    c) number of skype to skype calls with video…

    ajay