Note: An earlier version of this post had listed in its title that Microsoft earned $0.73 per share in the quarter. That figure excluded the firm’s $6.2 billion write down. It has been corrected.
After the close of trading today, Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth quarter financial performance. It had revenues of $18.06 billion in the quarter, and un-adjusted earnings per share of $0.73. According to SeekingAlpha, excluding the massive $6.2 billion aQuantive write down, earnings per share of $0.62 and revenues of $18.13 billion were expected by analysts.
During the quarter, Microsoft wrote down nearly ever dollar that it had paid for aQuantive, a firm that it purchased for some $6.3 billion. In trading immediately following the release of its earnings, Microsoft’s stock was slightly up in after hours trading. On the day, the company was mildly up as well.
The Entertainment and Devices division of Microsoft grew 20% in the quarter, “primarily reflecting the addition of Skype” according to the company.
After the massive charge was taken into account, Microsoft reported operating income of $192 million. The company lost 6 cents per share when aQuantive is included in the accounting.
This being the fourth fiscal quarter for Microsoft, it concluded its yearly financials: GAAP revenues for the 12 month period were up 5%. Operating income eased, stemming in large part from the aQuantive meltdown, it would seem. Its Server and Tools division grew 13% in the fiscal year. It’s Business division grew 7% in the same period. Windows & Windows Live declined 3% in the twelve month period.
What is Next
Microsoft is heading into a massively important two quarters, with the launch of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office 2013, and Windows Server 2012, products that will drive its earnings for the next few years. A new Xbox device is also on the way, tipped to be coming out in 2013.
These earnings in a way reflect the company’s performance up to, but not including its coming crop of products and services. This can therefore be viewed as the last yearly report of the Windows 7 era.
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What follows is the Microsoft release:
Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Revenue
Enterprise demand fuels continued Microsoft growth with significant product launches ahead.
REDMOND, Wash. — July 19, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced quarterly revenue of $18.06 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Operating income and loss per share for the quarter were $192 million and $0.06 per share.
The financial results reflect the previously announced non-cash, non-tax-deductible income statement charge of $6.19 billion for the impairment of goodwill and the deferral of $540 million of revenue related to the Windows Upgrade Offer. Adjusting for these items, non-GAAP fourth quarter revenue, operating income, and earnings per share were $18.60 billion, $6.93 billion, and $0.73 per share, which represented increases of 7%, 12%, and 6%, respectively, over the prior year period.
“We delivered record fourth quarter and annual revenue, and we’re fast approaching the most exciting launch season in Microsoft history,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Over the coming year, we’ll release the next versions of Windows, Office, Windows Server, Windows Phone, and many other products and services that will drive our business forward and provide unprecedented opportunity to our customers and partners.”
“The combination of solid revenue growth and rigorous cost discipline drove double-digit operating income growth for the quarter, adjusting for the goodwill impairment and deferred revenue,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer of Microsoft. “We are focusing our resources in strategic areas that will deliver shareholder value and long-term growth opportunities.”
For Microsoft’s fiscal year 2012, the company’s revenue, operating income, and earnings per share were $73.72 billion, $21.76 billion, and $2.00 per share. Adjusting for the goodwill impairment charge and deferred revenue, non-GAAP fiscal year 2012 revenue, operating income, and earnings per share were $74.26 billion, $28.50 billion, and $2.78 per share, which represented increases of 6%, 5%, and 5%, respectively, over adjusted non-GAAP fiscal year 2011 figures.
The Server & Tools business revenue grew 13% for the fourth quarter and 12% for the full year. Enterprises are purchasing SQL Server and System Center to support their mission critical workloads and build their business intelligence and private cloud infrastructure. Windows Server 2012 will be available this September.
The Microsoft Business Division revenue grew 7% for the fourth quarter and 7% for the full year reflecting continued momentum in Office 2010 sales. Office is now installed on more than 1 billion PCs around the world. Earlier this week, we announced the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office.
The Windows & Windows Live Division revenue declined 13% for the fourth quarter and 3% for the full year. Adjusting for the impact of the Windows Upgrade Offer, Windows Division non-GAAP revenue declined 1% for the fourth quarter and 1% for the full year. Windows 7 adoption continued with more than 50% of worldwide enterprise desktops now running Windows 7. The next version of Windows will release to manufacturing this August and will become generally available October 26, 2012.
The Online Services Division revenue grew 8% for the fourth quarter and 10% for the full year reflecting growth in our search business. Bing organic U.S. search market share was 15.6% for the month of June 2012, up 120 points from the prior year period.
The Entertainment and Devices Division revenue grew 20% for the fourth quarter and 8% for the full year primarily reflecting the addition of Skype. Xbox has now been the top-selling console in the U.S. for 18 consecutive months. During the year, Xbox launched new television and video partnerships for Xbox LIVE, and announced Xbox SmartGlass, which connects phones, PCs, and tablets with the Xbox 360 console to enable more interactive and engaging entertainment.
“Delivering a record year takes great products, solutions, services, and tremendous execution by our people,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer of Microsoft. “Our enterprise business is firing on all cylinders and we couldn’t be more excited about the wave of innovation and new releases that position us well for the coming years.”
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