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Thu July 25 2013 16:07:52

Amazon Grows Net Sales 22 Percent in Second Quarter 2013

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing second quarter 2013 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on Amazon's Investor Relations website.

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 22% to $15.70 Billion

SEATTLE - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Operating cash flow increased 41% to $4.53 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.22 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2012. Free cash flow decreased 76% to $265 million for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.10 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2012. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013 includes fourth quarter 2012 cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4 billion.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 474 million on June 30, 2013, compared with 468 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 22% to $15.70 billion in the second quarter, compared with $12.83 billion in second quarter 2012. Excluding the $392 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 25% compared with second quarter 2012.

Operating income decreased 26% to $79 million in the second quarter, compared with $107 million in second quarter 2012. The unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on operating income was $18 million.

Net loss was $7 million in the second quarter, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in second quarter 2012.

"We're so grateful to our customers for their response to Kindle devices and our digital ecosystem. This past quarter, our top 10 selling items worldwide were all digital products – Kindles, Kindle Fire HDs, accessories and digital content," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "The Kindle service keeps getting better. The Kindle Store now offers millions of titles including more than 350,000 exclusives that you won't find anywhere else. Prime Instant Video has surpassed 40,000 titles, including many premium exclusives like Downton Abbey and Under the Dome. And we've added more than a thousand books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, bringing together in one place all the types of content kids and parents love."

Highlights

    Amazon and Viacom Inc. announced an expanded multi-year, multi-national digital video licensing agreement to bring hundreds of TV shows and thousands of TV episodes from Viacom to Prime Instant Video, including a collection of TV shows that customers won't find on any other digital video subscription service. Prime members now have unlimited instant streaming access to popular kids' titles such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, along with top-rated shows from MTV and COMEDY CENTRAL.

    Amazon announced expanded multi-year licensing agreements with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution and PBS Distribution, bringing popular TV shows to Prime Instant Video such as Grimm, Suits, NOVA, and Masterpiece. Prime Instant Video now includes more than 41,000 movies and TV episodes that are available for Prime members to watch at no additional charge.

    Comedy pilots Alpha House and Betas, along with kids pilots Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf, have been given the greenlight to begin production on a full series of episodes that will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.

    Amazon announced that since launch, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited has already added more than a thousand books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows, including popular kids' titles from Disney, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts and more. Kindle FreeTime Unlimited brings together for the first time all the types of content kids and parents love into one simple, unlimited, easy-to-use service for kids ages 3-8.

    Amazon announced that the Amazon Appstore is now available to millions of customers in nearly 200 countries, giving them access to apps and games from top brands like Disney and Electronic Arts, new releases including "Angry Birds Friends" and all-time favorites like "Temple Run 2". Customers around the world can now buy apps and games directly from the Amazon Appstore on Macs, PCs or Android phones and tablets, including Kindle Fire.

    Amazon announced that customers can now use Amazon Coins to purchase apps, games and in-app items in the Amazon Appstore and on Kindle Fire. For customers, Amazon Coins is an easy way to purchase apps and in-app items on Kindle Fire, and for developers it's another opportunity to drive traffic, downloads and increased monetization. With discounts of up to 10% for purchasing Coins in bulk, it's also an opportunity for customers to save money on their app and game purchases.

    Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, the new publishing model that allows any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by popular Worlds and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store, and earn up to a 35% royalty while doing so.

    Amazon Publishing announced that Oliver Pötzsch has become the first Amazon Publishing author to sell 1 million copies in combined print, audio, and Kindle English language editions worldwide.

    Amazon announced that Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9" are now available to customers in over 170 countries and territories around the world through Amazon.com, giving customers access to millions of apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines, including more than 350,000 books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store.

    Amazon introduced Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD in China, available both online at amazon.cn and popular retail locations. Customer response to this launch significantly exceeded expectations and product went out of stock in many retail outlets within the first week.

    Amazon announced that Kindle Fire HD is now available for customers to purchase in Canada at www.amazon.ca and select retailers. In addition, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD are now available for customers to purchase in India at www.amazon.in and select retailers.

    Amazon announced new accessibility features for the free Kindle for iOS reading app, making it easier than ever for blind and visually impaired customers to navigate their Kindle libraries, read and interact with their books and more. Similar accessibility enhancements will be available on additional platforms in the future.

    Amazon announced the launch of its marketplace in India, www.amazon.in, providing customers a convenient and trustworthy online shopping experience and Indian retailers of all sizes a robust and scalable platform to sell their products online with no listing fees and pay-as-you-go fulfillment services.

    Goodreads announced it now has over 20 million members – up from 10 million in less than one year. Goodreads is a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love. Goodreads members can discover new books by seeing what their friends are reading or by using the Goodreads Book Recommendation Engine; share ratings and recommendations; track what they have read; and list what they want to read.

    As part of its Amazon Career Choice Program, Amazon is increasing the amount it will pre-pay for hourly employees to pursue associate degrees or vocational certifications. The program is designed to expand the choices available to its employees in well-paying high demand careers, whether its building a career at Amazon or as a step towards a career in another industry, such as computer and information technology, health and sciences, and accounting. Amazon will pre-pay an eligible employee's tuition up to $3,000 per year or up to $12,000 over four years.

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) became the first major cloud provider to achieve FedRAMP Compliance which recognizes the ability of AWS to meet extensive security requirements and compliance mandates for running sensitive US government applications and protecting data. FedRAMP certification simplifies and speeds the ability for government agencies to evaluate and adopt AWS for a wide range of applications and workloads.

    AWS announced the launch of the AWS Certification Program, which recognizes IT professionals that possess the skills and technical knowledge necessary for building and maintaining applications and services on the AWS Cloud. AWS Certifications help organizations identify candidates and consultants who are proficient at architecting and developing for the cloud.

    AWS further enhanced its security and identity management capabilities across several services – introducing resource-level permissions for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), adding identity federation to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), extending Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Server Side Encryption support to Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), and adding custom SSL certificate support for CloudFront. These enhancements give customers more granular security controls over their AWS deployments, applications and sensitive data.

    AWS announced it had lowered prices by up to 80% on Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances, instances that run on single-tenant hardware dedicated to a single customer account. In addition, AWS lowered prices on Amazon RDS instances with On-Demand price reductions of up to 28% and Reserved Instance (RI) price reductions of up to 27%.

Financial Guidance
The following forward-looking statements reflect Amazon.com's expectations as of July 25, 2013, 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 consumer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet and online commerce and the various factors detailed below.

Third Quarter 2013 Guidance

    Net sales are expected to be between $15.45 billion and $17.15 billion, or to grow between 12% and 24% compared with third quarter 2012.

    Operating loss is expected to be between $440 million and $65 million, compared to $28 million in third quarter 2012.

    This guidance includes approximately $340 million for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.

A conference call will be webcast live today at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, and will be available for at least three months at www.amazon.com/ir. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company's financial and operating results.




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by: Epins This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 25 16:23:08 2013

The Amazon dump and pump versus the eBay pump and dump.

       AMZN    EBAY
7-25 $303.40 $51.52
7-24 $298.94 $52.10
7-23 $301.06 $51.64
7-22 $303.48 $52.31
7-19 $305.23 $52.19
7-18 $304.11 $53.52
7-17 $308.69 $57.38

Investors like eBay stock only around earnings call.

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by: RCL This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 25 17:02:59 2013

Thanks for summarizing!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Thu Jul 25 17:28:04 2013

Only day trading speculators and insiders trade in eBay stock; then, I don't know why anyone would buy a stock that never pays a cash dividend to its shareholders, not even Amazon would I buy ...

Still, the comparison between the performances of the stock prices of eBay and Amazon is particularly telling; clearly the smart money on Wall Street considers eBay to be a "dog" and Donahoe to be a very poor dog handler ...

“The secret of success is sincerity; once you can fake that you've got it made”—Jean Giraudoux ... http://bit.ly/12Q6xjt
Keep working at it Donahoe, you have a good way yet to go ...

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by: Bloggo This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 26 01:43:02 2013

Amazon implements ideas that make sense and make money. eBay comes up with gems like having a van come to your house to pick up your junk.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Fri Jul 26 01:49:13 2013

One of the idiots over at Motley Fool is finally starting to figure out what eBay is all about. Basically he states that in the last 3 years eBay has bought back 3.6 Billion dollars worth of stock but to his amazement the outstanding shares that are traded have only dropped by 15 million.

Of course we all know that the reason is that the execs are all getting their bonus shares and then dumping it on the market. At an average of $40 per share that is 90 million shares that they bought back and that means the execs dumped 75 million shares on the market or in dollar terms 3 billion dollars (the writer did not dare to do the numbers as I did).
That is pump and dump in the simplest form.

Here is the link to the article:

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/24/ebay-
needs-to-grow-up.aspx

I
hope it came through OK if not just paste it in your browser.

Bill

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by: tmooreseller This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Jul 26 07:11:16 2013

So in other words Amazon has basically sewn up the shroud for all other sellers, making itself into a monopsony and depriving others of any chance at selling anything, Thanks but no thanks. Amazon is a collection of liars and greedy retailers, all trying to profit off the hard work of their suppliers. I'd like Amazon to explain how it made so much money while steadily robbing them of royalties. Money talks and bullcraps walks.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Jul 26 08:51:26 2013

Bill, great article.  If every writer and analyst would just make the slightest effort to do a little digging and fact finding instead of just regurgitating the information that eBay give them they'd likely find out that the emperor truly is wearing no clothes.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 26 14:05:49 2013

Amazon's (and certainly they arent saints) performance and the long list of things they've done with their profits speaks VOLUMES over what eBay has done ... nothing.

Go look at your Sellercentral dashboard and compare it to eBays. eBays only lists your "problems", ie how many negatives you have, how many policy violations you have, how many pic are no longer compliant with what ever stupid rule is being enforced today..... Amazons, does have your stats as well, but offers TONS of reports that are helpful that you can take advantage of to make MORE SALES (which is why we are all here).

Amazon tells you about asins that you should tweak the pricing on, asins that are missing info (to help complete the listing), asins that are wanting for goods that are unfullfilled, asins that sell well for you and those that do not - in short - if you have the time and effort - they HELP you (or try to get ahead).

Yes Amazon has its issues - everyone and everything does, but this difference is so blatant that it "screams from the highest roof tops".

If you have an Amazon rep (and I dont - im small potatoes) they will give you an XLS back order report of items they need ASAP for FBA that you can have the box for and that Amazon will wave rules for (for example if you generally need permission to sell a category or specific item, it gets waved if you have any that are in that report!).

eBay ...blah blah bl;ah VERO, Trust & Safety (eBay inside oxymoron joke), lets all go change the live discussion boards, lets come up with new picture hoops to waste everyones time, lets piss off all our sellers buy wasting thier time with stupid returns issues ... the list just goes on and on.

There must be SO MUCH hidden cash floating around between GSI commerce, Paypal and eBays own takings that it blinds the peple on eBays board of directors ..... can anyone be THAT stupid?  

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by: Digmen1 This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Jul 26 16:24:01 2013

Whilst Amazons sales figures are great
And I do admire the way they run things and help sellers rather than hinder them.
There is no way I would list my stuff on Amazon as I just don't trust them. I hear of too many times when they see what is selling and then buy it them selves.
Now, if they stopped selling their own stuff....

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by: Digmen1 This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Jul 26 16:27:41 2013

Why with such huge sales are they making and predicting operating losses ?
I note that they don't explain it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Sat Jul 27 00:51:44 2013

Rexford,

What is amazing is the fact that Motley Fool has been pushing eBay stock like it was the cream of the crop and now they come out with this tidbit.

Bill



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