Amazon.com Second Quarter Sales up 23%, Losses Grow – 2014

July 25, 2014
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Amazon.com, Inc. today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Operating cash flow increased 18% to $5.33 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.53 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.04 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $265 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013, includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4 billion.

However, amid a 23% increase in sales, losses increased to $126 million; the company lost $7 million in the second quarter last year. Huge revenues with slim profits or even losses has been an on-going pattern at Amazon over its 20-year history.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 480 million on June 30, 2014, compared with 474 million one year ago.

Net sales increased to $19.34 billion (23% gain) in the second quarter, compared with $15.70 billion in second quarter 2013. Excluding the $237 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 22% compared with second quarter 2013.

Operating loss was $15 million in the second quarter, compared with operating income of $79 million in second quarter 2013. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on operating loss was $31 million.

Net loss was $126 million in the second quarter, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in second quarter 2013.

“We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “We’ve recently introduced Sunday delivery coverage to 25% of the U.S. population, launched European cross-border Two-Day Delivery for Prime, launched Prime Music with over one million songs, created three original kids TV series, added world-class parental controls to Fire TV with FreeTime, and launched Kindle Unlimited, an eBook subscription service. For our AWS customers we launched Amazon Zocalo, T2 instances, an SSD-backed EBS volume, Amazon Cognito, Amazon Mobile Analytics, and the AWS Mobile SDK, and we substantially reduced prices. And today customers all over the U.S. will begin receiving their new Fire phones — including Firefly, Dynamic Perspective, and one full year of Prime…”

Highlights

Amazon Studios introduced Amazon’s first two original children’s series: Tumble Leaf and Creative Galaxy, exclusively to Prime Instant Video, and will add a third, Annedroids, tomorrow. The first six episodes of each show are available this summer, with additional episodes to follow later this year. In addition, Amazon Studios has greenlit five additional new pilots — the dramatic thriller Hysteria, dramatic comedy Really, one hour drama Hand of God, and comedies The Cosmopolitans and Red Oaks — as part of its third pilot season debuting next month on Amazon Instant Video.

Amazon expanded Whispersync for Voice to include Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android, providing a seamless listening experience for Audible content right inside the Kindle app. Users can switch instantly between reading a Kindle book and listening to the companion audiobook from Audible — all with just one tap, without leaving the book.

Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited — a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates — just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click “Read for Free.” Customers can choose from best sellers like The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lord of the Rings.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect Amazon.com’s expectations as of July 24, 2014, and are subject to substantial uncertainty. Our results are inherently unpredictable and may be materially affected by many factors, such as fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and consumer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet and online commerce, and the various factors detailed below.

Third Quarter 2014 Guidance

Net sales are expected to be between $19.7 billion and $21.5 billion, or to grow between 15% and 26% compared with third quarter 2013.

Operating loss is expected to be between $810 million and $410 million, compared to $25 million in third quarter 2013.
This guidance includes approximately $410 million for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.


A conference call will be available for at least three months at www.amazon.com/ir. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results.

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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