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Retail monster Amazon.com reported June quarter earnings Thursday,first report since founder Jeff Bezos stepped down, beating on earnings but missed on revenues. $AMZN stock tumbled after they guided much lower than  expected. Q2 midline revenue of $109BN is projected to grow  the slowest in the past decade.

Amazon new CEO Jassy

This is the last quarter under which the e-commerce and technology giant's founder Jeff Bezos was CEO, as longtime company exec Andy Jassy took over the top spot on July 5.

Could this be the end of the pandemic-related spending boom?

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: $AMZN) Reported After Close Thursday

$15.12 Beat $12.20 EPS Forecast and $113.10 Missed $115.34 Billion Forecast in Revenue 

Earnings release: 4:01 p.m.; conference call: 5:30 p.m.

Amazon Q2 Earnings

  •  Q2 EPS $15.12 (est $12.20)
  •  Q2 Net Sales $113.10B (est $115.34B) Last year $80.91 billion
  • AWS $14.81 billion versus $14.2 billion estimate
  • online store sales $53.16 billion versus $56.7 billion estimate
  • subscription services revenue $7.9 billion versus $7.9 billion estimate
  • third-party sellers revenues $25.1 billion versus $24.8 billion estimate
  • other revenue $7.9 billion versus 7 billion estimate
  • Sees Q3 Rev $106 to $112 billion vs estimate of $118.9 billion
  •  Sees Q3 Operating Income $2.5-6.0B (est $8.1B)

 

Amazon.com Inc NASDAQ: AMZN

Market  Reaction: 3,331.00 ▼268.92 (▼7.47%) After hours

 Highlights

Amazon's new CEO Andy Jassy said that “over the past 18 months, our consumer business has been called on to deliver an unprecedented number of items, including PPE, food, and other products that helped communities around the world cope with the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. At the same time, AWS has helped so many businesses and governments maintain business continuity, and we’ve seen AWS growth reaccelerate as more companies bring forward plans to transform their businesses and move to the cloud."

  • AMZN's revenue grew by 27% in Q2, well below the 45.0%.
  • Q2 midline revenue of $109BN is projected to grow just 13.4% Y/Y, the slowest growth in the past decade.
  • operating margin slipped, dropping from 8.2%, which was the highest in recent history, to a far more mediocre 6.8%.
  • AWS sales picked up modestly, rising 37% Y/Y to 14.8%, beating estimate.
  • Growth in online stores slowed significantly to just 16%, the lowest since 2019.
  • Company employees hit a new record high of 1.335 million.
  • Amazon's total Free cash flow (including leases and obligations)  tumbling more than 62% Y/Y to just $12.146 billion for the trailing twelve months.

AMZN Earnings Q2 21

Earnings Preview

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) report Q2 2021  with projected EPS: $12.20 on projected revenue of $115.34 billion. Revenue will get a boost from its annual Prime Day, held in June this year. This event is usually held in July (third quarter), though it was held in October (fourth quarter) last year.

In the first quarter, Amazon's revenue surged 44% year over year to $108.5 billion, exceeding the $104.5 billion the Street had expected as well as its own guidance of $100 billion to $106 billion. Revenue in the North America, international, and Amazon Web Services segments rose 40%, 60%, and 32%, respectively. Net income rose 224% to $8.1 billion, which translated to EPS increasing 215% to $15.79 crushing the consensus estimate of $9.54.

In the prior four quarters, its earnings beat the analyst consensus estimate by 66% (first quarter of 2021), 95% (fourth quarter of 2020), 67% (third quarter of 2020), and 606% (second quarter of 2020).

 

What Analysts Watch On Amazon

Prime Membership

Amazon Prime Day continues to set sales records during the two-day sales promotion,

e-Commerce Expansion

Investors will want to hear Amazon's  e-commerce expansion into retail markets like apparel and grocery, in particular Wholefoods.

Which new addressable markets is Amazon attacking, across grocery, pharmaceuticals, gaming and others?

Amazon Web Sevices (AWS)

The biggie is cloud behemoth Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Microsoft and SAP both reported robust Cloud numbers. The big question is that from AWS or new customers?


AWS architecture

In cloud-computing infrastructure, Amazon has a substantial market share lead over Microsoft Azure, Google's Cloud platform and IBM, as well as other players like Alibaba and Oracle. While AWS has maintained growth above 40 percent, Microsoft and Google are currently expanding much faster and picking up share. AWS accounts for around 73 percent of Amazon's operating income in Q1 and continues to grow.

AWS is the envy of Apple, Oracle, Google, IBM and every other niche cloud provider. AWS is the leading platform in this growth market.  Amazon Web Services., Amazon's cloud business in just ten years has become the fifth-largest business software provider in the world.

Amazon has proven that it can diversify beyond e-commerce whilst at the same time Microsoft, Google, IBM and others are all chasing AWS in the cloud.

AWS is almost twice as big as Salesforce

Brick and Mortar Acquisitions and Partnerships

Over the past few years Amazon has been on a buying spree with WholeFoods, talk of Amazon Moving Into Real Estate and last year the deal with Sears where Kenmore appliances will be sold through Amazon. Investors will be looking for updates on these and others and a clarification of just what is their strategy going forward. One I would like to hear about is the Whole Foods locations and the $400 billion plus pharmacy market.

Kohl’s Corporation $KSS Amazon has started selling smart-home products in Kohl’s stores and cater for product returns. With Whole Foods, Sears and now Kohls Amazon is stealthly building brick-and-mortar retail for it's digital base.

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