Today Microsoft reported its fiscal 2020 second quarter (calendar Q4 2019) results, including revenue of $36.9 billion (up 14%), net income of $11.6 billion (up 38%), and diluted earnings per share of $1.51.
Investors had expected the company to report profit of $1.32 per share, off revenue of $35.67 billion. The street had anticipated net income of $10.12 billion in net income, as well. The company’s stock is up around 2% in after-hours trading, following the company’s earnings release.
All that’s just fine. But, what about cloud — how did Microsoft do with Azure, Office 365, and the rest of the products that are expected to carry Redmond into the future? Here you go:
- Office 365 Commercial revenue grew 27%, compared to its year-ago result
- Azure grew 62%, compared to its year-ago result
- “Office Consumer products and cloud services” grew by 19%, compared to their year-ago result
- Dynamics 365 grew 42%, compared to its year-ago result
All the above figures are GAAP results, and are therefore not adjusted for currency fluctuations. On a so-called “constant currency” basis, Azure grew by a slightly faster 64%.
In addition to those results, LinkedIn, a somewhat recent Microsoft property, grew 24% compared to its year-ago results, while Surface grew in single-digit percentage terms, and Xbox’s digital products slipped by 11% on a year-over-year basis. (Microsoft had stressed early on that LinkedIn’s growth rate was a key priority.)
Gisting all of that quickly as we continue to understand the company’s new results, it appears that Microsoft’s cloud transition continued apace, with investors bidding up its equity modest after-hours in light of the results. Bear in mind that Microsoft’s shares have been on a tear lately, with the company’s valuation cresting the $1.28 trillion mark as we finish this post.
Apple, another of the technology giants, also saw its shares advance modestly after reporting earnings yesterday. This is a crowded week for tech results, which, at the top end so far, have gone well.