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Microsoft Cloud Strength Drives Nice Beat

July 28, 2021

Microsoft released the following results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:

·        Revenue was $46.2 billion and increased 21%

·        Operating income was $19.1 billion and increased 42%

·        Net income was $16.5 billion and increased 47%

·        Diluted earnings per share was $2.17 and increased 49%

The firm had earnings: $2.17 per share, adjusted with only $1.92 per share expected. Their revenue of $46.15 billion was above $44.24 billion which was expected.

“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”

“As we closed out the fiscal year, our sales teams and partners delivered a strong quarter with over 20% top and bottom-line growth, highlighted by commercial bookings growth of 30% year over year,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft. “Our commercial cloud revenue grew 36% year over year to $19.5 billion.”

Business Highlights

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $14.7 billion and increased 25% (up 21% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

·        Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 20% (up 15% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 25% (up 20% in constant currency)

·        Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 18% (up 15% in constant currency) and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers increased to 51.9 million

·        LinkedIn revenue increased 46% (up 42% in constant currency) driven by Marketing Solutions growth of 97% (up 91% in constant currency)

·        Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 33% (up 26% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 49% (up 42% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $17.4 billion and increased 30% (up 26% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

·        Server products and cloud services revenue increased 34% (up 29% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 51% (up 45% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $14.1 billion and increased 9% (up 6% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

·        Windows OEM revenue decreased 3%

·        Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 20% (up 14% in constant currency)

·        Xbox content and services revenue decreased 4% (down 7% in constant currency)

·        Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 53% (up 49% in constant currency)

·        Surface revenue decreased 20% (down 23% in constant currency)

Microsoft returned $10.4 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, an increase of 16% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020.

Fiscal Year 2021 Results

Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:

·        Revenue was $168.1 billion and increased 18%

·        Operating income was $69.9 billion and increased 32%

·        Net income was $61.3 billion GAAP and $60.7 billion non-GAAP, and increased 38% and 37%, respectively

·        Diluted earnings per share was $8.05 GAAP and $7.97 non-GAAP, and increased 40% and 38%, respectively

·        GAAP results include a $620 million net income tax benefit explained in the Non-GAAP Definition section below

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