Andy Jassy, CEO Amazon Web Services, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, October 25, 2016.
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Amazon shares climbed in extended trading on Thursday after the company reported earnings and revenue that sailed past analysts’ estimates.
Here are the results:
- Earnings per share: 94 cents per share vs. 58 cents per share expected by LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv.
- Revenue: $143.1 billion vs. $141.4 billion expected by LSEG.
Investors are also following these segment numbers:
- Amazon Web Services: $23.1 billion vs. $23.2 billion in expected revenue, according to StreetAccount
- Advertising: $12.1 billion vs. $11.6 billion in expected revenue, according to StreetAccount
Amazon said fourth-quarter sales will be between $160 billion and $167 billion. Analysts were expecting revenue of $166.6 billion, according to LSEG. At the mid-point of its guidance range, revenue of $163.5 billion would represent growth of 9.6% from $149.2 billion a year earlier.
Revenue climbed 13% in the third quarter, a sign that the business is seeing some acceleration after a difficult 2022 that was marred by soaring inflation and rising interest rates.
Amazon has been in cost-cutting mode for the past year as it became clear that it expanded too quickly during the pandemic. The company has laid off 27,000 employees since last fall, and it’s axed some of its more unprofitable bets.
CEO Andy Jassy, who succeeded founder Jeff Bezos at the helm in mid-2021, said those belt-tightening efforts continue to bear fruit.
“We had a strong third quarter as our cost to serve and speed of delivery in our Stores business took another step forward, our AWS growth continued to stabilize, our Advertising revenue grew robustly, and overall operating income and free cash flow rose significantly,” Jassy said in a statement.
Net income more than tripled to $9.9 billion, or 94 cents a share, from $2.9 billion, or 28 cents a share, a year earlier. Net income for the quarter includes pre-tax valuation gain of $1.2 billion from the company’s investment in electric car company Rivian.
Amazon’s results follow better-than-expected numbers from Alphabet and Meta earlier this week. However, shares of both of those companies fell after their earnings reports. Alphabet investors were concerned about disappointing revenue in the Google Cloud division, while Meta’s selloff resulted from cautionary comments regarding the ad market in light of the escalating conflict in the Middle East.
Amazon shares fell more than 6% over the past two trading days, as the response to Alphabet and Meta’s numbers hit its mega-cap tech peers.
Digital advertising continues to be a bright spot for Amazon, as third-party sellers and large brands bolster their ad spending to improve visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Ad revenue increased 26% from a year earlier. That’s much faster than Google’s ad growth, which was 9%, and topped Facebook’s ad growth of 23%. Snap said revenue rose just 5%.
In cloud, however, Amazon appears to be giving up some market share. Amazon Web Services, which leads Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, showed growth in the quarter of 12%. Microsoft earlier this week said Azure revenue jumped 29%, and Google Cloud expanded by 22%.