Friday, April 27th 2007

Microsoft posts record profits

After year s of pouring money into Windows Vista and Office 2007, the work has finally paid off with Microsoft reporting record profits for the quarter ending 31st March 2007. Microsoft’s closest rival, Apple Inc, yesterday reported that it managed a turnover of $5.26 billion and profits of $770 million from software and hardware sales, but Microsoft has maintained its dominance with revenue of $14.40 billion and a net income of $6.59 billion. Much of this has been thanks to strong sales of the company’s newly released OS, with Kevin Turner (Microsoft’s chief operating officer) commenting “This quarter marked the consumer launches of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and we are delighted with the positive customer response these products have received. We continue to deliver on our compelling product cycle and build upon strong field sales and marketing execution in order to drive revenue and profit growth for the company.” Read on for the full press release.

Microsoft Reports Record Profits

Robust demand for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system drives 72% growth in earnings per share

REDMOND, Wash. — Apr. 26, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $14.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, a 32% increase over the same period of the prior year. This revenue drove record profits with operating income of $6.59 billion and net income of $4.93 billion. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter grew 72% to $0.50, and included $0.02 in tax benefits and $0.01 in legal charges.
These results reflect $1.67 billion of revenue and operating income, $1.14 billion of net income and $0.12 of diluted earnings per share that were previously deferred primarily related to the technology guarantee programs for Windows Vista™ and the 2007 Microsoft® Office release.
“I am extremely pleased that we delivered a quarter of strong double-digit growth for revenue, operating income and EPS,” said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “And I am looking forward to a very good finish to this fiscal year with strength continuing into fiscal 2008.”
Net cash flow from operations was $7.29 billion and Microsoft returned $7.72 billion in cash to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends this quarter.
“This quarter marked the consumer launches of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and we are delighted with the positive customer response these products have received,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “We continue to deliver on our compelling product cycle and build upon strong field sales and marketing execution in order to drive revenue and profit growth for the company.”

Business Outlook

Microsoft management offers the following guidance for the quarter ending June 30, 2007:
• Revenue is expected to be in the range of $13.1 billion to $13.4 billion.
• Operating income is expected to be in the range of $5.0 billion to $5.2 billion.
• Diluted earnings per share are expected to be $0.37 to $0.39.

Management offers the following preliminary guidance for the full fiscal year ending June 30, 2008:
• Revenue is expected to be in the range of $56.5 billion to $57.5 billion.
• Operating income is expected to be in the range of $22.0 billion to $22.5 billion.
• Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.68 to $1.72.

Additional details on fiscal year 2008 guidance will be provided in the fourth quarter earnings announcement and during the company’s Financial Analyst Meeting on the 26th of July.

Webcast Details

Microsoft will hold an audio webcast at 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) today with Chris Liddell, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Frank Brod, corporate vice president and chief accounting officer, and Colleen Healy, general manager of Investor Relations, to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/msft. The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on April 26, 2008.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are "forward-looking statements" are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as:
• challenges to Microsoft’s business model;
• intense competition in all of Microsoft’s markets;
• Microsoft’s continued ability to protect its intellectual property rights;
• claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
• the possibility of unauthorized disclosure of significant portions of Microsoft’s source code;
• actual or perceived security vulnerabilities in Microsoft products that could reduce revenue or lead to liability;
• government litigation and regulation affecting how Microsoft designs and markets its products;
• Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain talented employees;
• delays in product development and related product release schedules;
• significant business investments that may not produce offsetting increases in revenue;
• the level of corporate spending and changes in general economic conditions that affect demand for computer hardware or software;
• adverse results in legal disputes;
• unanticipated tax liabilities;
• key component shortages and delays in Xbox 360 product delivery;
• impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a charge to earnings;
• changes in accounting that may affect Microsoft’s reported earnings and operating income;
• exposure to increased economic and regulatory uncertainties from operating a global business;
• general economic and geo-political conditions;
• natural disaster, cyber-attack or other catastrophic event disrupting Microsoft’s business;
• acquisitions and joint ventures that adversely affect the business;
• limitations on the availability of insurance and resulting uninsured losses;
• improper disclosure of personal data could result in liability and harm Microsoft’s reputation
• sales channel disruption such as the bankruptcy of a major distributor;
• implementation of operating cost structures that align with revenue growth;
• continued access to third party distribution channels for MSN® and other online offerings;
• disruption to Microsoft’s operations as a result of weather-related events; and
• foreign currency, interest rate, fixed income, equity and commodity price risks.Source: Microsoft
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12 Comments on Microsoft posts record profits

#2
Namslas90
by: Exceededgoku
good news :D
Must be a 'stockholder' :toast:
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#3
D007
positive customer response? welll if thats not a lie i dont know what is..lol.. of course they wont say "oh sorry we sold u all junk and made you deal with it" typical..
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Now Bill Gates has jumped up a few billion more. He may now be worth 60 billion dollars.
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#6
zekrahminator
McLovin
Somewhere, Bill Gates is considering two things. The first thing is how many children he can feed by donating most of this spare cash to his charity. The second thing is whether or not he wants all wheel drive on that new Cadillac Escalade.... :p.
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Murasame
by: zekrahminator
Somewhere, Bill Gates is considering two things. The first thing is how many children he can feed by donating most of this spare cash to his charity. The second thing is whether or not he wants all wheel drive on that new Cadillac Escalade.... :p.
Cadilac? Bill isn't P. Diddy. He deciding which space shuttle he wants!
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#8
jydie
Well, that just proves to me that they are charging to much for Vista... and that they could still make plenty of money after dropping the price a bit. ;)
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#9
Zero Cool
by: jydie
Well, that just proves to me that they are charging to much for Vista... and that they could still make plenty of money after dropping the price a bit. ;)
Big mistake from M$, This gives Linux a chance to proppel forward. Linux is better then vista ( since vista is just best things taken from Apple and Linux) but linux doesnt have money to advertise or be in shops very much. it needs to have some advertisment! Linux rocks
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#10
wazzledoozle
Vista costs just as much as XP did you whiners.

Jesus, I dont think there can be an article with "Microsoft" in the title without a few comments predicting the end of Microsoft/The rise of *nix.

Guess what, It's 2007 and Microsoft is posting record profits. Get used to it, been going on since forever now.
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#11
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: wazzledoozle
Vista costs just as much as XP did you whiners.

Guess what, It's 2007 and Microsoft is posting record profits. Get used to it, been going on since forever now.
Agreed :).

And to everyone saying "ohhh big mistake MS, *nix just needs adverts", do this. Install Ubuntu, and make it as usable/upgradeable as the average Windows XP computer. I don't care how pretty Beryl is, if I can't play Half Life 2 with AIM in the background natively, there isn't much point, is there?
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#12
Zero Cool
nah its just not nice that Windows steals everything from other OS and sells it. and Vista is more expensive then XP. XP pro costs 100 pounds here, and the cheapest Vista starts at that price.
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