Amazon Earnings Explode to Record Profit – Tops $2 Billion

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Amazon today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018. And for the first time in company history, profits topped $2 billion.

Operating cash flow increased 22% to $21.8 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $17.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017.

Free cash flow increased to $10.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.6 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017.

Free cash flow less lease principal repayments decreased to $4.1 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017.

Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases decreased to $546 million for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 506 million on June 30, 2018, compared with 502 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 39% to $52.9 billion in the second quarter, compared with $38.0 billion in second quarter 2017.

Excluding the $760 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 37% compared with second quarter 2017.

Operating income increased to $3.0 billion in the second quarter, compared with operating income of $628 million in second quarter 2017.

Net income increased to $2.5 billion in the second quarter, or $5.07 per diluted share, compared with net income of $197 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in second quarter 2017.

“We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “There are now tens of thousands of developers across more than 150 countries building new devices using the Alexa Voice Service, and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year. Our partners are creating a wide variety of new Alexa-enabled devices and experiences, including soundbars from Polk and Sonos; headphones from Jabra; smart home devices from ecobee and First Alert; Windows 10 PCs from Acer, HP, and Lenovo; and cars from automakers including BMW, Ford, and Toyota.”

Highlights

  • Amazon and Best Buy released the first of the next generation Fire TV Edition smart TVs to customers in the U.S. The new Toshiba 4K TVs are now available for purchase in Best Buy stores and online at bestbuy.com and amazon.com, with additional models coming later this year to customers in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Amazon announced the Fire TV Cube, a 4K Ultra HD streaming media player with Alexa that allows customers to control the TV with their voice. Fire TV Cube uses multi-directional infrared technology, cloud-based protocols, and HDMI CEC to control compatible TVs, sound bars, cable and satellite boxes, and AV receivers.
  • Amazon introduced the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, which comes bundled with a Fire HD 10 tablet, a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-proof case, and a two-year worry-free guarantee. Additionally, Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is now available on iOS devices, offering kids access to over 10,000 age-appropriate books, movies, and TV shows.
  • Amazon announced Show Mode and the Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. Show Mode offers a hands-free Alexa experience with full screen visual responses. The Show Mode Charging Dock automatically switches Fire HD tablets into Show Mode and holds the device at an adjustable angle while charging.
  • Amazon launched Echo and Alexa in France, offering an all-new Alexa experience built from the ground up for French customers. Additionally, Echo Spot launched in India and Japan, allowing customers to experience Alexa with a screen. Amazon also announced that Echo and Alexa are coming to Italy, Mexico, and Spain later this year.
  • Amazon added new Alexa capabilities, including calendaring features, such as the ability to move meetings via voice; new information on current events like the Royal Wedding, World Cup, and NBA Playoffs; Remember This, a new feature which enables Alexa to remember important information such as birthdays, anniversaries, and more; new ways to navigate and control video content with Alexa, including integrations with TiVo, Dish, Netflix, and DirecTV, and new ways for the blind and visually impaired community to interact with Alexa with the launch of Tap to Alexa and global expansion of Alexa Captioning.
  • The Alexa Skills store now offers more than 45,000 skills created by third-party developers, including entertainment and gaming skills like Jurassic World Revealed, Westworld: The Maze, Skyrim Very Special Edition, When in Rome, and Hotel Transylvania Stories. Additionally, customers can now use Alexa to control more than 13,000 smart home devices from over 2,500 unique brands.
  • Amazon announced Alexa for Hospitality, which brings the convenience of Alexa to hotels, vacation rentals, and other hospitality locations. Offered by invitation, Alexa for Hospitality lets hoteliers create new voice-first experiences so guests can ask Alexa for hotel information, play music in their room, request guest services, and more.
  • Alexa is available on even more products via the Alexa Voice Service, including soundbars from Polk and Sonos; headphones from Jabra; smart home devices from ecobee and First Alert; Windows 10 PCs from Acer, HP, and Lenovo; and select vehicles from BMW, Ford, and Toyota.
  • Amazon introduced new machine learning tools for developers to make Alexa skills even more engaging and discoverable, including a feature that allows U.S. customers to launch skills using more natural phrases and requests; the ability for developers to turn text into lifelike speech using Amazon Polly, for free; and the release of the software development kit for Python that allows developers to more easily build Alexa skills. Amazon also expanded the ability for developers to earn money or sell goods and services through their Alexa skills using in-skill purchasing or Amazon Pay.
  • The Alexa Fund invested in new companies, including Aaptiv, DefinedCrowd, Novel Effect, Tact.ai, and Sensible Object, and kicked off the second round of the Alexa Accelerator powered by Techstars, a program empowering entrepreneurs who are innovating voice technology.
  • Amazon announced an offering that helps entrepreneurs build their own companies by delivering Amazon packages. Business owners can grow their companies by accessing Amazon’s delivery technology and package volume, as well as receiving discounts on a suite of assets and services such as vehicle leases and comprehensive insurance. Additionally, Amazon committed $1 million to fund startup costs for eligible military veterans to start their own delivery businesses.
  • Amazon and Ring announced Ring Alarm, a do-it-yourself home security system that offers professional monitoring for just $10 per month.
  • Amazon Prime Video received 22 Emmy nominations for its original programming, including 14 nominations for comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
  • Prime Video and the National Football League renewed their streaming partnership for Thursday Night Football, which will be available globally during the 2018 and 2019 seasons to over 100 million Prime members. Additionally, Prime Video and the Premier League announced that live and exclusive Premier League football matches will be available in the U.K. beginning in 2019 at no extra cost to Prime members.
  • Prime Video debuted the second season of Original Series Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton in his Golden Globe-winning role. Prime Video continues to launch local Original Series around the world, including Comicstaan in India, an unscripted series that looks to discover India’s next big comedic sensation; Diablo Guardián in Mexico, based on an award-winning novel of the same name; and season two of The Bachelor Japan.
  • Prime Video Channels is now available to Prime members in Japan with more than 30 channels including J Sports, BBC World News, and Nikkei CNBC Plus.
  • The fourth annual Prime Day was Amazon’s biggest global shopping event ever, welcoming more new Prime members on July 16th than any other previous day in Amazon history. Members purchased more than 100 million products, and the best-selling items worldwide were the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and Echo Dot. Small and medium-sized businesses selling on Amazon exceeded $1.5 billion in sales during the Prime Day event. Additionally, Prime members saved millions of dollars at Whole Foods Market with Prime Day deals.
  • Amazon launched Prime member savings at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide, offering Prime members 10% off hundreds of sale items and deep discounts on popular products.
  • Amazon continues to expand grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market to more than 20 cities in the U.S., offering customers ultrafast delivery on natural and organic products through Prime Now.
  • Amazon Fashion launched Prime Wardrobe in the U.S., allowing Prime members to try clothing, shoes, and accessories before they buy. Customers can choose from eligible styles, have up to seven days to try them on at home, and are charged only for those items they decide to keep.
  • Amazon Business expanded to Italy and Spain, and now serves businesses of all sizes in eight countries across the globe, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan, India, and France. Amazon Business now ships to business customers in over 70 countries worldwide.
  • Amazon continues to expand Prime member benefits internationally, launching Prime free same-day delivery in select cities in Italy and Spain; Prime Music and Prime Reading in Italy, Spain, and France; and Prime Student in Japan.
  • Amazon launched Prime in Australia, offering members unlimited free delivery on millions of local and international items, Prime Video, Prime Reading, Twitch Prime, and access to exclusive deals.
  • Amazon was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Closing Ceremony in Seattle. Hundreds of Amazonians volunteered throughout the week at the various sporting events and at the Closing Ceremony. The 2018 USA Games welcomed more than 4,000 athletes and coaches, including Amazon’s own San Antonio fulfillment center associate Leonard Flowers, who won two silver medals in tennis.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced several new enterprise customers during the quarter: Ryanair and Epic Games have gone all-in on AWS; zulily is moving its infrastructure to AWS to further enhance the online shopping experience for customers; 21st Century Fox chose AWS for the vast majority of its workloads to create a consistent set of digital media capabilities across its brands; Verizon and its subsidiary Oath selected AWS as its preferred public cloud provider; Major League Baseball named AWS its official provider for machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning; and Formula One is moving the vast majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centers to AWS and standardizing on AWS’s machine learning and data analytics services to accelerate its cloud transformation.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), a fully managed service that makes it easy to deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications using Kubernetes on AWS. Amazon EKS removes the complexity of operating Kubernetes clusters with high availability, automatically running the Kubernetes management infrastructure across multiple availability zones to eliminate a single point of failure. Amazon EKS is certified Kubernetes conformant, so customers can run their existing Kubernetes applications without any code changes using existing Kubernetes tooling.
  • AWS announced the general availability of DeepLens, the world’s first deep learning-enabled wireless video camera built to give developers hands-on experience with machine learning. In addition to built-in sample projects that run on the device, AWS DeepLens customers can also create their own models in Amazon SageMaker — a fully-managed service that enables developers to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models. Thousands of DeepLens devices have shipped since becoming generally available in June.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Neptune, a fast, reliable, and fully-managed graph database service. With Amazon Neptune, customers can efficiently store and navigate highly-connected data, allowing developers to create sophisticated, interactive graph applications that can query billions of relationships with millisecond latency.
  • AWS announced pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight, the first business intelligence service with pay-per-session pricing. AmazonQuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered, business analytics service that makes it easy for all users within an organization to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data, regardless of their technical skill. With pay-per-session pricing, any user can have read-only access to interactive, data driven dashboards in Amazon QuickSight and pay only when they’ve accessed these dashboards, making Amazon QuickSight an even more cost-effective way for customers to make personalized business analytics available to everyone, whether they have tens, hundreds, or thousands of users.
  • AWS announced a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance for AWS Snowball Edge devices (SBE1). AWS Snowball Edge is a 100TB data transfer device with on-board storage and compute that can be used to move large amounts of data into and out of AWS, as a temporary storage tier for large local data sets, or to support independent local workloads in remote locations. Customers can now run compute instances using the same Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that are used in Amazon EC2 directly on Snowball Edge devices, expanding the range of applications available for collecting and processing data in locations with limited or no network connection such as in certain mining, military, energy, and manufacturing use cases. SBE1 expands upon Snowball Edge’s existing on-board compute and storage capabilities — AWS Greengrass running AWS Lambda functions and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) — to give customers greater choice for operating their edge environments.
  • AWS announced the general availability of C5d Instances with Local NVMe Storage and I3 Bare Metal Instances, two new features which are part of the Amazon EC2 service within AWS’s compute portfolio. C5 Instances with Local NVMe Storage bring customers high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage to compute-intensive C5 instances. I3 Bare Metal Instances provide applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server, allowing EC2 customers to run applications that benefit from deep performance analysis tools, specialized workloads that require direct access to bare metal infrastructure, legacy workloads not supported in virtual environments, and licensing-restricted business critical applications.
  • AWS announced thousands of enterprise customers are running SAP workloads on AWS. Businesses of all sizes and across virtually every industry and geography are running their SAP landscapes on AWS to simplify infrastructure management, improve time-to-market, lower costs, and deliver innovation with AWS services integration. Compass Group, Illumina, AGC Asahi Glass Co., Petronas Lubricants, SumitomoChemical, Visy, Mitsui & Co., Cardinal Health, Bose, Louisiana Pacific, Citco, Thermo Fisher, Contact Energy, Mercury, Del Monte, L&T Infotech, Edelweiss General Insurance, Oppo Electronics, Videocon, and BR Distribuidora are just a few of the customers running SAP solutions on AWS.
  • In its second year of availability, the number of databases migrated to AWS using the AWS Database Migration Service has grown to more than 80,000 databases.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Sumerian, a new managed service that allows developers to create and publish augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. With Amazon Sumerian, customers can build VR, AR, and 3D experiences for a wide variety of popular hardware systems including mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signs, and web browsers.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect Amazon.com’s expectations as of July 26, 2018, 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 customer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet, online commerce, and cloud services, and the various factors detailed below.

Third Quarter 2018 Guidance

  • Net sales are expected to be between $54.0 billion and $57.5 billion, or to grow between 23% and 31% compared with third quarter 2017. This guidance anticipates an unfavorable impact of approximately 30 basis points from foreign exchange rates.
  • Operating income is expected to be between $1.4 billion and $2.4 billion, compared with $347 million in third quarter 2017.
  • This guidance assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded.

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