The shares of Fastly Inc. fell more than 25% in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the software company said its largest customer, TikTok parent Bytedance Inc., had not used its product as much as expected amid a threatened ban in the United States.
reveals in a news release that it now expects third-quarter revenue of $ 70 million to $ 71 million, after previously giving sales guidance of $ 73.5 million to $ 75.5 million. The company also said that its year-round guidelines should no longer be relied upon and that a new forecast would be issued when the company fully reported its profits on October 28.
The company said its largest customer did not use its products, which are charged on a per-use basis as expected “due to the impact of the uncertain geopolitical environment”. Although Fastly did not disclose the name of this client in the announcement, Fastly acknowledged in statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission and elsewhere that its largest client was Bytedance.
“The current global environment somehow fuels our business, but it has also created areas of uncertainty,” CEO Joshua Bixby said in a statement. “Although our preliminary results for the third quarter reflect the challenges of a usage-based model, we believe that the fundamentals of Fastly’s business remain strong, as does the demand for our platform.”
President Donald Trump has tried to ban TikTok from operating in the United States unless China-based Bytedance transfers ownership to an American entity. Although there was an agreement to create a new entity in the United States with the help of Oracle Corp. ORCL,
and Walmart Inc. WMT,
the move appears to have been delayed as TikTok fought the ban through the U.S. judicial system, where a judge suspended the ban late last month.
For more: The geopolitical soap opera TikTok is a confusing mess
In his last quarterly submission to the SEC, Fastly said Bytedance was its largest customer and contributed 12% of its revenue in the first six months of the calendar year. In a statement Wednesday, the company also said other customers had used its product less than expected by the end of the third quarter.
The stock quickly closed with a 4.4% drop to $ 123.19 on Wednesday, then fell to less than $ 90 per share in non-business hours after the announcement. The software company in San Francisco went public in May 2019 for $ 16 per share.