Five9 Inc shareholders voted down the call center software firm's $14.7 billion sale to Zoom Video Communications Inc on Thursday, a major blow to Zoom's plan to expand its offerings following its pandemic boom. The termination of what would have been Zoom's biggest-ever acquisition comes after proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)and Glass Lewis earlier this month recommended that Five9 shareholders vote against the deal, citing growth concerns and dual-class shares. Under the deal terms announced in July, Five9 shareholders would have received 0.5533 Zoom share for every Five9 share. The terms implied a 12.8% premium over Five9's market price and valued the company at $14.7 billion. Since then, Zoom's stock has dropped over 25% as the virtual conferencing giant reported slower growth on its second-quarter earnings call.
"The all-stock deal exposes FIVN shareholders to a more volatile stock whose growth prospects have become less compelling as society inches towards a post-pandemic environment," ISS said in its report earlier this month.
San Ramon, California-based Five9 said the merger agreement did not receive enough approval votes from its shareholders, and it will continue to operate as a standalone publicly traded company.
Five9 presented an attractive means to bring to customers an integrated contact center offering, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said on Thursday.
"That said, it was in no way foundational to the success of our platform nor was it the only way for us to offer our customers a compelling contact center solution," Yuan added.