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Microsoft Earnings Beat - Guides Down

January 25, 2023

Microsoft reported results for the quarter ended December 31, 2022. The firm had earnings of $2.32 per share, adjusted with $2.29 per share expected. Revenue came in at $52.75 billion with $52.94 billion expected.

Microsoft is looking for $50.5 billion to $51.5 billion in Q3 revenue. But, Wall Street was looking for Q3 revenue of $52.43 billion.

Revenue from Azure was in line growing by 31%. Q1 Azure revenue grew 35%.

“The next major wave of computing is being born, as the Microsoft Cloud turns the world’s most advanced AI models into a new computing platform,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are committed to helping our customers use our platforms and tools to do more with less today and innovate for the future in the new era of AI.”

“We are focused on operational excellence as we continue to invest to drive growth. Microsoft Cloud revenue was $27.1 billion, up 22% (up 29% in constant currency) year-over-year as our commercial offerings continue to drive value for our customers,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Business Highlights

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $17.0 billion and increased 7% (up 13% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 7% (up 14%in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 11% (up 18% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue decreased 2% (up 3% in constant currency) and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers grew to 63.2 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 10% (up 14% in constant currency)
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 13% (up 20% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 21% (up 29% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $21.5 billion and increased 18% (up 24% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 20% (up 26% in constant currency) driven by Azure and other cloud services revenue growth of 31% (up 38% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $14.2 billion and decreased 19% (down 16% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue decreased 39%
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue decreased 3% (up 3% in constant currency)
  • Xbox content and services revenue decreased 12% (down 8% in constant currency)
  • Search and news advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 10% (up 15% in constant currency)
  • Devices revenue decreased 39% (down 34% in constant currency)

Microsoft returned $9.7 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, a decrease of 11% compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.

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