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AudioCodes Ltd (NASDAQ:AUDC)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Oct 26, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to AudioCodes' Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] And the floor will be opened for questions and comments after the presentation.

It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, Roger Chuchen, VP of Investor Relations. Sir, the floor is yours.

Roger L. Chuchen -- Vice President of Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. Hosting the call today are Shabtai Adlersberg, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Niran Baruch, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Before we begin, I'd like to remind you that the information provided during this call may contain forward-looking statements relating to AudioCodes' business outlook, future economic performance, product introductions, plans and objectives related thereto, and statements concerning assumptions made or expectations as to any future events, conditions, performance, or other matters, are forward-looking statements as the term is defined under US Federal Securities law. Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements.

These risks, uncertainties, and factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of global economic conditions in general and conditions in AudioCodes' industry and target markets in particular shifts in supply and demand, market acceptance of new products and the demand for existing products, the impact of competitive products and pricing of AudioCodes and its customers' products and markets, timely product and technology development, upgrades and the ability to manage changes in market conditions, as needed, possible need for additional financing, the ability to satisfy covenants in the company's loan agreements, possible disruptions from acquisitions.

The ability of AudioCodes to successfully integrate the products and operations of acquired companies into AudioCodes business, possible adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and results of operations and other factors detailed in AudioCodes' filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

AudioCodes assumes no obligation to update this information. In addition, during the call, AudioCodes will refer to non-GAAP net income and income per share. AudioCodes has provided a full reconciliation of the non-GAAP net income and net income per share to its net income and net income per share according to GAAP in the press release that is posted on its website.

Before I turn the call over to management, I would like to remind everyone that this call is being recorded. An archived webcast will be made available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at the conclusion of the call.

With all that said, I'd like to turn the call over to Shabtai. Shabtai, please go ahead.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Roger. Good morning and good afternoon everybody. I would like to welcome all to our third quarter 2021 conference call. With me this morning is Niran Baruch, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of AudioCodes. Niran will start off by presenting a financial overview of the quarter. I will then review the business highlights and summary for the quarter and discuss trends and developments in our business in the industry.

I will then turn it into the Q&A session. Niran?

Niran Baruch -- Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Shabtai, and hello everyone. As usual, on today's call, we will be referring to both GAAP and non-GAAP financial results. The earnings press release that we issued earlier this morning contains a reconciliation of the supplemental non-GAAP financial information that I will be discussing on this call.

Revenues for the third quarter were $63.4 million, an increase of 12.1% over the $56.6 million reported in the third quarter of last year. Services revenues for the third quarter were $24.8 million, up 26.7% over the year-ago period. Services revenues in the third quarter accounted for 39.1% of total revenues.

The amount of the Fed revenues as of September 30th, 2021 was $72.1 million, up from $64 million as of September 30, 2020. Revenues by geographical region for the quarter were split as follows: North America 41%; EMEA 38%; Asia Pacific 16%; and Central and Latin America, 5%.

Our top 15 customers represented an aggregate of 57% of our revenues in the third quarter, of which 47% was attributed to our 10 largest distributors. GAAP results are as follows: gross margin for the quarter was 69.6%, compared to 67.1% in Q3 2020. Operating income for the third quarter was $10 million or 15.8% of revenues, compared to $11.2 million or 19.8% of revenues in Q3 2020.

Net income for the quarter was $8.3 million or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to $7 million or $0.20 per diluted share for Q3 2020.

Non-GAAP results are as follows: non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 69.9%, compared to 67.4% in Q3 2020. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $13.5 million or 21.4% of revenues, compared to $13.4 million or 23.7% of revenues in Q3 2020, an increase of 1%.

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter was $12.9 million or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $13.3 million or $0.38 per diluted share in Q3 2020. At the end of September 2021. Cash, cash equivalents, bank deposits, and marketable securities totaled $184.9 million. Net cash provided by operating activities was $13 million for the third quarter of 2021.

Day sales outstanding as of September 30, 2021, were 58 days. On July 2021, we received court approval in Israel to purchase up to an aggregate amount of $35 million of additional ordinary shares. The court approval also permits us to declare a dividend of any part of this amount. The approval is valid through January 3, 2022.

During the quarter, we acquired 424,000 of our ordinary shares for a total consideration of approximately $13.8 million. On July 27, 2021, we declared a cash dividend of $0.17 per share. The dividend in aggregate amount of approximately $5.6 million was paid on August 2021.

Now, to providing an update on our guidance. We are raising our guidance for revenues to be in the range of $246.5 million to $250 million, compared to the previous range of $243 million to $250 million. We are updating our guidance for non-GAAP diluted net income per share for 2021 to be in the range of $1.45 to $1.55 compared to the previous range of $1.45 to $1.65.

I will now turn the call back over to Shabtai.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Niran. We're very pleased to report strong financial results and continued progress in our business in the third quarter of 2021. As in previous quarters, our enterprise business, now 85% of the quarterly revenue, kept growing and demonstrated growth of about 20% year-over-year. At the core of this success was the UCaaS business, which grew about 18% year over year and our contact center business which grew more than 20% year-over-year.

The growth of these two key business lines for several quarters now in a row, clearly points to the potential of continued annual growth rate for revenue in coming years. Just to remind this all, our stated objective announced earlier in the year, we plan to achieve annual growth rate of 15% by the end of 2023. During the quarter, we continue to execute in all of our three strategic business areas in the enterprise space.

The first one, Microsoft Teams, business grew nicely above 20% year-over-year with Live services or Team's voice-as-a-Service leading charge. Contact center and customer experience operations grew nicely year-over-year. We have signed a new vendor partnership agreement and we're able to drive new advanced technological solutions with end users, mainly for call automation. And in the conversational AI space, we saw nice progress in this -- in several business lines growing year-over-year, above 50% in revenue and above 100% in bookings.

Now products made in both the UCaaS and Contact Center in the markets in several past quarters further emphasizes the fact, the Team collaboration, hybrid work and work from home remain key industry trends, not only in 2021, but also for coming years. As such, both markets over a long-term growth potential for us for several years going forward. Contributing to this fast pace of growth and success is our decision made end of last year to increase our investment in R&D, biz dev, sales and marketing and services for those markets. We intend to grow our investment in these areas in order to fuel further business growth in coming years.

Growth in UCaaS and more specifically in the Microsoft Teams market is primarily related to our AudioCodes Live services in the area of Teams Voice. All-in-all, service business revenue grew in the quarter above 25% year-over-year. Consisting now close to 40% of our revenues in the third quarter of 2021, it is becoming key to our future business success and expansion. The progress in Teams Voice as a service is primarily related to industry evolution toward cloud communication and the growing demand in the enterprise space to consume technology-as-a-service versus buying and deploying the products and technological solution by the enterprise IT stuff. Delivering successfully Teams Voice as a service relies primarily on continued steadily investment in our professional and managed services operations. One favorable result of this is the shift toward technology-as-a-service is the continued progress in pivoting toward recurring revenues with strong execution in AudioCodes Live operation.

While enjoying success in the enterprise space, we saw substantially less success in the service provider market. In this area, revenue suffered from diminished demand for connectivity gear from service provider as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, we have witnessed a decline of over 30% year-over-year in this area. Just to put things in perspective, I should mention that revenue in the service provider area provide less than 15% of the company overall revenue. Another less favorable phenomenon in the third quarter was the shortening -- shortage in components, which has limited our ability to deliver products, targeting connectivity and IP phones. Consequently, this shortage in components has hurt our ability to deliver a more successful quarter by roughly about $2 million in revenue.

Before we move on just to summarize the various business line performance during the third quarter, the company overall revenue grew 12.1% year-over-year, UCaaS and Microsoft Teams revenue grew 18%, Contact Center revenue grew above 20%, Voice AI, which is now roughly about 1.5% of business kept growing 50% in revenues and 100% in bookings year-over-year. And lastly, the service providers CP business line declined above 30% year-over-year.

Touching on several more important financial data points for the quarter, as you could probably see from the press release we issued, opex increased dramatically, around 7.5% sequentially and close to 25% year-over-year. This phenomena is due to the following three key factors. One, first, increase in headcount. We grew 100 positions year-over-year. Headcount increased 34 positions this quarter to 855 full-time employees and growing 13% year-over-year, obviously adding 100 new positions over the year-ago quarter clearly demonstrate our confidence in continued expansion of our business. The second factor, rising salaries in the R&D space in Israel, where the boom in the local high-tech industry drive substantial shortage in skilled manpower and higher salaries for R&D employees. Third component, the impact of much lower U.S. versus the new Israeli shekel exchange rate as compared to the year-ago quarter, where we enjoyed good hedge. We are talking about 10% change in this ratio compared to last year. So all-in-all, three factors affecting substantial growth in our opex. That probably explain how from growing revenues 12% year-over-year, the earning line really remained flat. Most of the increase in profitability went to cover those differences in spending.

Cash flow, again very successful quarter. We generated $13 million in the third quarter and more than about $43 million in the first nine months of the year, which is fantastic. That would compare with about $28.4 million in the same period last year. Lastly, deferred revenues were at $72.1 million compared to $64 million a year ago, an increase of 12.6% of second quarter -- third quarter '20.

Now let let's relate to our financial performance in terms of our financial model. As we have targeted earlier in the year, we target revenue growth to achieve 13% to 15% on an annual basis. Last year, we delivered 10.2%. This quarter, we delivered 12.1%. We believe we should be able to close the year at around 12.6%, 12.5% in terms of revenue growth. In terms of gross margin, we targeted to achieve between 67% and 70%. Glad to know that in the quarter we have delivered 69.9%. In terms of opex as a percentage of revenue, we targeted range of 47% to 50% in the third quarter of 2021, we delivered 48.5%. And lastly, operating margin, we targeted the range of 20% to 23%. We ended the third quarter 2021 at 21.4%, all-in-all a very nice performance.

Now let me touch one key area, which I believe everybody is interested in and that is Microsoft Space. So in the third quarter of 2021, we grew more than 20% year-over-year. We have leveraged AudioCodes Live services for Microsoft Teams. We saw continued momentum in the market. Live services are focused on direct routing as a service and additional Teams Voice services. As a result, we have increased the total contract value of Live contracts by several millions in the quarter, reaching now few tens of millions of total contract value from past 12 months activity.

Now, I would like to reference now, until lately there was no published report that gave visibility as to the potential or the total available market for Microsoft Teams for us Teams Voice. So I would like to reference one recently published seminar research from Piper Sandler, highlighting the large total addressable market and the strong growth potential in the UCaaS segment. According to that report, UCaaS should expand rather fast or -- before I begin with that, I'll mention that the global TAM for endpoints is today about $440 million. So we now are looking at a market that's looking to replace the current TDM and other endpoints with UCaaS and for us more specifically with Microsoft Teams and Zoom Phone endpoints.

So the report mentions that this year the overall endpoint market UCaaS market is about 26 million. They forecast that that number should grow to 113 million endpoints in 2026. Aall-in-all this represents about 34% CAGR for the next five years. According to this note, Microsoft Teams market share is estimated to be 17% this year of the total UCaaS market, and is forecast to grow to lead the market and own 29% by 2026. So just translated that into actual numbers. Sso Microsoft Teams UCaaS sets are expected to increase from 4.2 million this year to 31.5 million in 2026. That represents about 50% CAGR for Microsoft Teams sets. The notes states also that Zoom and RingCentral are main competitor in that space. As I'll mention later on, we're growing out our share of revenue in the Zoom Phone area as well, where the very successful core in that space to.

Getting back to Microsoft, the IP Phone business is growing fast this year and showing plenty of room for growth. This is mainly due to the trend of return to work. So all in all, we grew actually -- we could deliver a substantially better core unless we were facing a component shortage thing.

Also now let's talk about enhancements what we see ahead for us in 2022. Microsoft announced lately in the Enterprise Connect Industry trade show two very important programs. They have announced Microsoft Operator Connect. They have introduced API for Teams, which allows operators to integrate Teams marketplace and into their plans to deliver UCaaS. We see high traction by the carriers and service provider, SMB vehicle from Microsoft perspective. Earlier release should be provided by the end of the year and the final release will be provided mid 2022.

And AudioCodes is one of four partners that are helping that effort to develop and sell the platform. So that should be a big driver for Microsoft Teams service provider push next year. Also Microsoft announced SIP gateway from at Enterprise Connect, allowing third-party phones to connect to Microsoft Teams using advanced Session Border Controllers technologies and device management. All in all, we look forward to see how that program develops and what our part in it will be there.

Just to get to some more visibility into the Microsoft ecosystem sales. So we've continued to see the share of Skype for business declining versus sales of about $10 million a year ago, we saws just $5 million this quarter. On the other end, Microsoft Teams grew substantially more than 70%, so carrying out the charge going forward. In terms of new business created, again we saw an increase in new opportunities created in the core and it's growing at least 25% year-over-year.

Now let me touch the key program we have in the Microsoft space that is AudioCodes Live, where we provide basically Teams Voice as a service. In 2021, we have significantly stepped up our efforts and accelerated the introduction of AudioCodes Live Teams versus the Service. Teams versus the Service removes complexity from the integration of team collaboration, unified communication and enterprise telephony and provide a seamless, rapid and cost effective migration to Teams. In building this service, we have brought together our SBC network and user management products and a complete set of automations and are delivering them on a per user per month software as a service model. In recent course, we've already expanded the service offering by adding new compliance recording services and more. Also we have since extended the offering of live to other markets, including solutions for Zoom Phone and contact center activities.

Introducing the live offering mid last year, we experienced good reception to this offering. We continue to grow the recurring revenue fairly fast. As I've mentioned before, with the target to reach $10 million ARR middle of the year we invested. We believe that this time we will cross the target of $15 million by the end of the year.

Our bookings or total contract value of this business on end is already several tens of millions by a large number of enterprises that have already started or about to start the UCaaS deployments with us. Also, there's a nice pipeline that's growing steadily. This fast-growing business is tangible proof through our superior technology in the year as of connectivity, management and automation services and adjacent application to the UC solution majority of it in Teams' voice. I'm confident that this business will keep growing and represent a significant portion of AudioCodes value in coming years.

Touching on the Zoom space, this has been a most successful, the best quarter we had ever in the Zoom Phone area. We have reached about $1 million in revenue, a bit less than that. We believe that fourth quarter will keep growing. All in all, we see a lot of focus in this area. We believe that Zoom will be focusing more and more on Zoom Phone. And they've basically stated that application to be a strategic focus for them. So we won some large operation, can mention two large deals, one in Europe, one in the U.S. So all in all, also if you go back to the Piper Sandler report, I can quote that Zoom is expected to achieve a market share of 15% in 2026 from its current position of 11% -- current market share of 11% in 2021. Again, I remind you all we're talking about the TAM of 440 million seats altogether.

Now one key operation I've mentioned before is our services. As I've mentioned, services is growing to become about 40% of our business that basically the combination of maintenance contracts, but more importantly professional and managed services which is growing very fast. I mentioned that services invoicing -- I was talking about recognition. Talking about invoicing, total company services grew close to 25% of the core, while professional and managed services exhibited substantially larger growth, topping 40% both for the core and for the first nine months in the year. So all in all, services really do serve for us a lot of room for expansion going forward.

Lastly, I'll touch on Voice.ai. Voice.ai seems to be growing the way we wanted to grow this year. As I've mentioned in the press release, we target overall booking to grow above a 100% and reach a level of close to 5 million. We expect that rate of growth to come and happen next year. Key in that operation were a compliance recording for Teams, booking or substantially over the initial plan for the year.

Second is a technology we call Voice.ai Connect, which is used to enable Chatbots to connect true voice. And here we've enjoyed a very good core. This year we shouldn't end up somewhere in the 1 million ARR in that business, but next year we expect to more than triple that number. And all in all, we definitely get a feedback from the market that it comes to voice and voice becomes very important in the Chatbot world in the voice space or solution is regarded fully advanced and superior to competition. And we do have working relationships with some of the leading Chatbot developers in that market. One such known one is a company called Cognizant out of Germany [Phonetic] in Europe, and there are a few more partners in the UK, I'm sorry, in the U.S. and in India and other places, which allow us to deploy that technology.

Last, I should mention that we've made very nice progress with our Meeting Insights product. The first release was done in October, actually earlier this month. We've seen great interest in over 70% or 80% of introduction. Right now, we have tens of proof-of-concept scheduled and running in Israel, already begun business development in the U.S. for that product. We've got first few very nice reaction to the product and already got the first PO from the U.S. So we do expect to grow fast on that product next year.

All in all, with that, I've been able to cover most of our activity in the third quarter. And I'd like to get the call back to the Q&A session. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your first question for today is coming from Greg Burns. Please announce your affiliation, then pose your question.

Gregory Burns -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Good morning. I'm with Sidoti and Company. So, I just wanted to touch on the increase in opex and what your view is on that? The range is you kind of set in terms of operating expenses as a percent of revenue and your operating margin targets. At what point do you expect to kind of slow down the investments and start to gain a little bit of leverage on some of the revenue growth that you're projecting? Thank you.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Well, most of the investment in growing headcounts really is related more to the sales and marketing side of the business to grow Teams voice as a service -- as the market grows and we need to be able to attract more customers and grow the business, we need to add personnel to provide good service. So, our investment is less intense in the R&D space, still going on and adding more automation and few more solution to it, but the majority of the expense goes to the deployment in the market. So, I think we've seen the most of the worse, I would say, part of the increased simply because from that point and I think the behavior of the US and New Israeli Shekel will moderate substantially. We will not face anytime soon another decline of 10% in that ratio.

And then again coming back to the average salary issue in R&D, I think this is a phenomena that you'll hear of many companies in Israel were due to the very attractive -- I would say attractiveness of Israeli R&D, just give you an example. A month ago, we've heard Microsoft is planning to add 2,500 new positions in Israel in five new developments areas. And as you can imagine, there are tens of such companies increasing. Yesterday, we heard about AT&T opening a design center in Israel. So I would tell you that there is kind of, I would say, not call it a fight, but there is a big, big effort to be able to recruit the right talent to be able to grow the business. Luckily for us, again most of the additions would be abroad in marketing and sales. So we do expect continued investment, but not as big job as we have faced current quarter.

Gregory Burns -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then in terms of the service provide space, do you -- can you just give us a little bit more color on what is driving the declines there? Do you expect that business to kind of remain at these levels, like level off here? Or is there a reason to believe maybe that that business might potentially rebound from these current levels? Thank you.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Now, I'm a bit more optimistic than I was about three months ago because we definitely have seen in the third quarter some new demand and I would expect some level off. However, due to the shortage of components, we are kind of stuck here for, I would say, for this quarter -- the fourth quarter, and maybe the first one too. So I expect I do not think that we will see any further decline. Actually, I think we've reached the bottom and could see some up growth from here, but more growth should be expected in the second half of 2022. So all in all, it's an area that's not helping to drive revenues upward these days, but we believe it will make a comeback around mid next year.

Gregory Burns -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure.

Operator

Your next question is coming from Ryan MacWilliams. Please announce your affiliation, then pose your question.

Ryan MacWilliams -- Barclays -- Analyst

Sure from Barclays Bank PLC. Shabtai, continued strong growth with enterprise customers. So as these larger customers are looking to adopt cloud solutions, are you seeing your average deal size increase? And are the companies by number of employees getting larger in your pipeline? Thanks.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Ryan. Yes, well, our focus as I've mentioned is really was -- when we develop our solution for Microsoft's first Skype for Business and later on Team's, we're targeting usually the large enterprise companies with a number of employees ranging from, I would say 3,000, 5,000 and upward. Lately, with Team's voice as a service, we also target smaller companies. We could go as low as 500 employees. So, we're working with the large global system integrator on the large enterprises. We're acting much more independently in the mid market. So this is where the focus is going to be. The typical business for us would be few thousands of employees, whereas they will start trialing and do proof-of-concept with first with a hundred or few hundreds of employees and then after a period of three to nine months will probably add more. So that's the trend you'll see in that space.

Ryan MacWilliams -- Barclays -- Analyst

Perfect. And then you mentioned Operator Connect last quarter along with this quarter. Would you mind just digging a little deeper on what you think that could mean for AudioCodes? And how do you think Operator Connect impacts the Direct Routing landscape? Thanks.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Okay. So, great question. As I mentioned in a moment ago, Microsoft's focus was entirely in the beginning in the large enterprise space. There's no focused target effort in the mid-market. However, it's obvious that going to the SMB market and going to small businesses, usually that's not where Microsoft is having direct full efforts. In that space, obviously, RingCentral is the leading player. And as we could have seen Zoom, Zoom has entered the space.

And actually according to that report from Piper Sandler, you can see RingCentral and Zoom in fight for this segment. Now Operator Connect, which will connect between Microsoft and service provider will allow Microsoft for the first time to target that smaller segments -- smaller size business market, because traditionally businesses of that size are being served by service providers and, you know, take AT&T and Verizon, and operators anywhere in the world. So that was definitely open for us completely new segment that has not been served by us before. Once that program goes into full motion, the cooperation between Microsoft and service provider will allow us to turn our Voice Teams as a service into that small businesses market. So it's a very important addition toward our future.

Ryan MacWilliams -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my questions. Nice [Indecipherable]. Thanks guys.

Operator

Your next question is coming from Samad Samana. Please announce your affiliation then pose your question.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi, good morning. Samad Samana from Jefferies. So maybe Shabtai first. I wanted to ask about the component side. I wanted to make sure one that I think you said it was a $2 million headwind in the quarter. One, I want to confirm if that's the case. And then how does that factor into the guidance that you've given in -- given for the fourth quarter or the implied guidance for the fourth quarter, and maybe how should we think about the impact of that into 2022?

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. So yes you understood correctly. We could have delivered more IP Phone products and more service provider gear. We believe that all-in-all, we kind of missed the delivery of about 2 million in the core. So we have targeted a larger growth of revenue in the quarter.

That phenomena will probably continue, I would say this quarter and in the first half of 2022, we took that into account when we gave the overall guidance, meaning that, taking that shortage into account, we still target to grow in the fourth quarter, if you make quick calculation, we definitely plan on growing in the fourth quarter, although less than we could have expected earlier in the year. So all-in-all that's for the guidance. Again, next year, I believe that as we approach second half of the year all that will go away. So we should get a boost from increased phone sales and service providers gear.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. And then maybe a follow-up. I know we've touched on opex, but if I look back at sales and marketing dollars in -- from '17 to '18, it was roughly flattish, shows up very modestly in 2019. So even, pre-COVID it was fairly limited expansion in sales and marketing dollars. And now this year we're tracking up pretty healthily. How should we think about the -- just the increases there going forward and what's the right level of sales and marketing investments that we should think about maybe both short-term and intermediate?

Niran Baruch -- Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Hi Samad, this is Niran. So again, as Shabtai mentioned, we are planning to invest more in opex mainly at the sales and marketing area. I can refer to the near-term, to Q4 we are planning to invest more and the level that you see in the third quarter, which was 14.4 million, we are planning to increase it, but let's say 1% to 3% in terms of sales and marketing. With regards to other opex such as R&D and G&A, we are not planning to invest much more than the level that we saw in the third quarter.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. And then just last question for me, Shabtai you spent a lot of time today talking about the seats available in the market and the opportunity. I was wondering if you could share with us just maybe how many Microsoft Teams, voice seats you're actually enabling today, just so we can get an idea of how AudioCodes' progress looks against this large market?

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Right. We do not you know discuss in public the number of seats we have, but I'll give you some numbers if you will. And if you go back to the Piper Sandler report, you can see that Microsoft teams seem to be deploying about 4.1 million subscribers this year. This should grow, as I've mentioned to 31 million in 2026. Now we are by far the dominant player in that market. You know, you can use market share of 60% or 70% these days. So that's probably can give you some idea about the number of seats we are enabling, but at the same time, give you an idea about the future, our ability to double that number next year and grow to be 60% or 70% out of the total of 30 million in 2026.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Thank you for taking my questions this morning.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Sure.

Operator

Your next question is coming from Tal Liani. Please announce your affiliation, then pose your question.

Tal Liani -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Thank you. My affiliation is Bank of America. Good morning. I have a question on Zoom and also on Microsoft. Can you share with us what's the outlook for Zoom? What is -- what are they doing there that involves you? What's the potential for other types of businesses with them? Just kind of, because it's such an important company. I just want to understand the outlook even not with numbers, just the -- kind of the potential opportunities there. And then on Microsoft, can you share with us your view of how they evolve from here? Is there a risk of slowdown, because of COVID year-over-year comparisons and just in general, same question on Microsoft? Thanks.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Thank you, Tal. Okay. Referring first to Zoom, [Technical Issues] that Zoom Phone is a strategic room for Zoom. And we have been working with Zoom for more than two years now, on reading and integrating our solution into their offering. Now we've done a very little business in 2020, that business is growing substantially in 2021. The amount of new business created for us in the past two quarters is really overwhelming.

Now, the way we are designing to the Zoom Phone solution is in two key areas. One is devices, phones that is integrated already today. Now I'll tell you and I think this is known that Zoom success really comes from the small businesses and in SMB. Zoom has an effort to grow up the market and go into larger organization. Whenever they go into larger organization, they need for SBC -- good SBC solutions grow. So whenever they go to sell to a larger company, our potential offering grows in importance. Also we do intend to come in next six to nine months with our new offering for Meeting Rooms and that offering would combine of conference devices or meeting room devices management and meeting insights. And we will provide a comprehensive battle. We believe we will be very successful. We believe that Zoom should be a very important partner for us. So that's on Zoom.

Regarding Microsoft Teams is perceived to be a key driver in Microsoft effort to increase licensing fees from E5. I think security and teams are the two leading drivers for the increasing E5 licensing as such. We could see a pretty focused effort at Microsoft to support Teams and Teams Voice more specifically. And I've just mentioned these two programs operated connect and SIP gateway to be fairly important to them. So I think it's known that Teams should be part of Windows 365, basically integrating Teams into practically not only the business world, but also for the consumer world. So I don't think we face a trend, a potential trend of lower focus in this area. I think we will see Microsoft keep investing because this is part of a substantially larger and overall more important target for Microsoft.

Tal Liani -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Great. Thanks Shabtai for the color.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure.

Tal Liani -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Just last question on supply chain, how -- can you discuss how supply chain impacts you? How it impacts your clients and your ability to sell, even if you have the right components in place, just in general, the environment for supply chain?

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, actually it's really more the shortage of components. Obviously, there is increased lead times. So, our customers really suffer from inability to get the products they want. But other than that shortage, we are capable of working out around those issue in the production and delivery. So that's something that contained within our operations. All in all, I think, we are starting to see some signs that there are ways in which the world is starting to crank out more devices, more components. I'm optimistic that in six to nine months, we will see substantially leveling off of this issue.

Tal Liani -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure.

Operator

Your next question is from Ariel Yaakov [Phonetic]. Please announce your affiliation then pose your question.

Ariel Yaakov -- VAR Capital -- Analyst

Hi, Shabtai. I'm from VAR Capital. Great job on another good quarter. So my question is can you elaborate and give us more color about the time that you mentioned in the Microsoft Teams area specifically for the AudioCodes Live. To my understanding your thoughts about the rest of the market from the 440 million seats is $4.2 million, and that you can assume 50% CAGR year-over-year. And from that you can take 70% market share. Is that correct?

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, that is about the rough of my calculation. Yes.

Ariel Yaakov -- VAR Capital -- Analyst

And how should we look at it in the next couple of years in terms of your market share, or maybe you can charge more from a user per month?

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Right. So AE1 needs to make a differentiation. We haven't done that yet, but we'll probably need to do it starting from next year. Everything we discussed so far on Microsoft Teams is really in the enterprise space. Now let's not forget that 440 million TAM relates to both enterprise and service providers. Now service provider was start to play next year. We'll see their competition. We expect competition from companies like Ribbon and Metaswitch, which is now part of Microsoft. So how market share will develop in the service provider that is still yet to be seen. However, we're very confident that in the enterprise space where we are today, we will keep being the dominant player.

Obviously, the only competition -- real competition will face there. It's just one company and we really don't see them close to us. Also, we do intend and I have not mentioned it. But we do intend to add more services, contact center services, meeting rooms services, recording services, management services. So I think we should be able to defend fairly nicely or dominance in the enterprise teams space.

Ariel Yaakov -- VAR Capital -- Analyst

So to my understanding that expands your time it is $4.2 million is only for the enterprises. Then you can take another market share from the service providers in the last -- in the upcoming years, right?

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, that is correct. Although, 2022 will be just the launch here. So you should expect rather mild beginning, but I would tend to think that 2023 will be a year of where that market was growing fairly fast with large service provider, no names pushing it to the market.

Ariel Yaakov -- VAR Capital -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you so much.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure.

Operator

There are no more questions in queue. I would now like to turn the floor back over to Shabtai.

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, operator. I would like to thank everyone for attending our conference call today with continued good business momentum and execution in the first nine months of the year. We believe we are well on track to end 2021 with a strong note of confidence in growth and expansion in coming years. We look forward to your participation in our next quarterly conference call. Thank you very much. Enjoy the day.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 54 minutes

Call participants:

Roger L. Chuchen -- Vice President of Investor Relations

Shabtai Adlersberg -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Niran Baruch -- Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Gregory Burns -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Ryan MacWilliams -- Barclays -- Analyst

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Tal Liani -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Ariel Yaakov -- VAR Capital -- Analyst

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