Amazon announced its first-quarter financial results on Thursday, and it blew by what Wall Street was looking for.
The stock was up about 4% in after-hours trading following the report.
Here were the key numbers:
- Revenue of $US35.71 billion, versus Wall Street estimates of $US35.3 billion. A nice beat. This was $US29.1 billion a year ago.
- EPS of $US1.48, versus estimates of $US1.13 per share, non-GAAP. This compares with non-GAAP EPS of $US1.07 per share a year ago. A big beat as well.
Analysts were also closely watching the performance of Amazon’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services.
AWS reported $US3.66 billion in revenue and 43% growth, which beat the analyst consensus of $US3.65 billion in revenue and 42% growth. Last quarter, AWS didn’t grow quite as fast as people had expected.
Even though it beat predictions, AWS growth still slowed down. In the previous three quarters, AWS experienced 47%, 55%, and 58% growth.
Other key stats:
- Overall, first-quarter sales were up 23%.
- Retail subscription services, which is mostly Amazon Prime but includes a few other things, like music, hit $US1.94 billion, up 49% year-over-year.
Next quarter, Amazon expects sales of between $US35.25 billion and $US37.75 billion, or to grow by between 16% and 24% compared with Q2 2016.
This factors in $US720 million of headwinds from foreign-exchange rates, the company says. That’s right in line with what the Street is looking for, with analysts expecting $US36.84 billion.
Here’s the full Amazon press release.