Skype's desire to go public appears to be coming during a time when the VoIP provider is seeing continued subscriber and revenue growth. In its recent SEC filing, Skype reported that it had 663 million registered users, an increase over the 474 million it had in 2010.
Although average revenue per paying customer declined slightly from $98 to $97 in 2010, Skype still added about 145 million new subscribers, up from the 105 million it added each month in 2009, while paid subscribers increased to about 8.8 million a month, over 7.3 million. What's more, Skype billed a total of 12.8 billion minutes in 2010, up from 10.7 billion in 2009, and free Skype-to-Skype minutes increased from 113.0 billion to 194.3 billion.
From a revenue perspective, the service provider's revenue rose up from $718.9 million in 2009 to $859.8 million. At the same time, Skype reported that it generated an operating profit of $20.6 million versus a loss of $352.2 million in 2009.
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