Ballmer Spills Rough Year-End Numbers For Microsoft

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Microsoft stopped giving forward guidance a couple years ago when the company hit a rough patch, but yesterday at a Rotary event in Seattle, CEO Steve Ballmer spilled some rough figures about the company’s 2011 fiscal year, which ends today.As reported by GeekWire’s John Cook, who was at the event, Ballmer said:

There’s a reason why we’ll do almost $70 billion in revenue this year, and we will make over $20, whatever, $26, $27 billion in profits.

That $70 billion would be a 12% increase from last year’s revenue of $62.5 billion, and would mean a quarterly revenue figure of $17.4 billion, which is up about 9% from last year’s Q4.

The profit figure refers to operating income. If it comes in at $27 billion, that would be a 12% increase from last year and mean a quarterly operating profit of $6.0 billion, which is about flat from last year.

All of these are rough numbers of course — not official guidance — but the fact that Ballmer was talking about them at all on the last day of the fiscal year shows that the company isn’t expecting any catastrophic news in Q4.

This was the same event where Ballmer answered a question about stepping down as CEO by hollering “YOU TELL ME IF I LACK ENERGY OR CONVICTION.”

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