Microsoft Posts Strong Earnings, But Just Misses On Revenue

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Microsoft’s earnings are out, and it’s largely good news.We’re reading it over now, but here are the two highlights:

  • Revenue just missed at $18.1 billion, versus estimates of $18.2 billion.
  • Non-GAAP EPS is $0.67 versus estimate of $0.62.

The stock is ticking up ever so slightly in the after hour market.

The company did however book a loss thanks to the $6.2 billion write down from aQuantive. This is the first ever quarterly loss for Microsoft.

Microsoft has $540 million in deferred revenue thanks to the Windows upgrade, which a little better than what the street was expecting.

We were on the phone with Microsoft IR boss Bill Koefoed. Here’s some of the stuff he thought was great:

  • Operating Expenses were flat year over year. That’s not something we’ve always been great at.
  • 12% increasing in operating income.
  • Server and Tools up 13% — SQL server up over 20% and its going head to head with Oracle.
  • Another part of Server and Tools, System centre was up 20%, we feel like we took share from VMWare.
  • One other data point — Lync product had 45% growth. Skype driving growth in enterprise space.
  • As for the loss in online, Microsoft considers search a strategic asset. It can lose some money because the technology has long term value.

Here’s a breakout of each division:


Photo: Microsoft

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