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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu July 28 2016 16:18:24

Amazon Releases Second Quarter 2016 Earnings

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon's conference call with analysts is at 5:30 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing second quarter 2016 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on Amazon's investor relations website.

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 31% to $30.4 Billion
SEATTLE - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Operating cash flow increased 42% to $12.7 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $7.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $3.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases increased to $2.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an outflow of $492 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 495 million on June 30, 2016, compared with 488 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 31% to $30.4 billion in the second quarter, compared with $23.2 billion in second quarter 2015. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on net sales was $166 million.

Operating income was $1.3 billion in the second quarter, compared with $464 million in second quarter 2015.

Net income was $857 million in the second quarter, or $1.78 per diluted share, compared with $92 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in second quarter 2015.

"It's been a busy few months for Amazon around the world, and particularly in India - where we launched a new AWS Region, introduced Prime with unlimited free shipping, and announced that Prime Video is coming soon, offering Prime members in India exclusive access to Amazon Original Series and Movies - including original content featuring top Indian creators and talent," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "The team in India is inventing at a torrid pace, and we're very grateful to our Indian customers for their welcoming response."

Highlights

The second annual Prime Day was the biggest day ever for Amazon, and was also a record day for Amazon devices globally. Compared to Prime Day 2015, worldwide orders grew by more than 60%, orders from third-party sellers with Prime Day deals nearly tripled, and Prime members saved over twice as much on deals.

Amazon launched Prime in India. With Prime, Indian customers in over 100 cities can enjoy unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery on hundreds of thousands of eligible products from India's largest online shopping selection. Sellers using Fulfillment by Amazon now automatically provide customers with unlimited fast, free delivery. Prime Video is coming, offering Prime members exclusive access to Amazon Original Series and Movies, and premium movies and TV shows from Indian and global content providers.

Fire TV, the #1 best-selling streaming media player in the U.S., continues to add new features, including expanded Alexa integration that enables customers to ask Alexa to play TV shows and movies, music, launch apps, and more.

Amazon now has over 1,900 third party skills for Alexa, including new skills from Kayak, Lyft, NBC, Honeywell, and more.

Amazon introduced the all-new $79.99 Kindle, which is thinner and lighter compared to the previous generation Kindle at the same price, and includes built-in Bluetooth audio support and the VoiceView screen reader that enables visually impaired users to read books without an adapter.

Amazon Dash Button added 50 new brands to the program, which now has over 150 buttons including Campbell's Soup, Cascade, FIJI Water, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, and Play-Doh.

Amazon introduced exclusive offers on unlocked Android phones for Prime members: the all-new BLU R1 HD for $49.99 and the all-new Moto G4 for $149.99, both $50 off retail price.

Amazon Studios received 16 Emmy nominations for Original Series Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, and Catastrophe. For the second year in a row, Transparent was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jeffrey Tambor).

Amazon Studios is in production on a slate of Original Series that will premiere exclusively for Prime members this fall, including new seasons of Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Transparent, Golden Globe-winning Mozart in the Jungle, the second season of the critically-acclaimed drama The Man in the High Castle, the first seasons of Good Girls Revolt, Goliath, and Woody Allen's first-ever TV series, and the new series from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, The Grand Tour.

Amazon Original Kids Series Tumble Leaf and Niko and the Sword of Light won a combined four Daytime Emmy Awards.

Amazon Studios will release several critically-acclaimed films in theaters this fall, including Manchester by the Sea, The Handmaiden, and Gleason, joining Woody Allen's recently released Café Society now in theaters. Each film will be available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Video following its theatrical release.

Amazon launched Amazon Video Direct, a new self-service program for creators to make their video content available to Amazon customers through many distribution options, including Prime Video, one-time purchase, rental, or ad-supported viewing.

Amazon Business now serves more than 400,000 businesses and generated more than $1 billion in sales in its first year. Amazon Business has more than 30,000 third-party sellers who fulfill over half of Amazon Business orders.

Amazon Prime Air and the U.K. government announced a partnership to advance the safe use of drones for small parcel delivery, providing Amazon with permission to trial new methods, including beyond line-of-sight operation.

Amazon launched the Pan-European Fulfillment Program, a service that helps sellers of all sizes more efficiently export their products to millions of Amazon customers across Europe while allowing customers to benefit from faster delivery and lower shipping costs.

AmazonFresh launched in London, the first international location to provide this offering. In the U.S., AmazonFresh launched in Boston, joining northern and southern California, northern New Jersey, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and Seattle.

Since launching in Mexico one year ago, Amazon has expanded unique selection to over 50 million items and added categories including Toys & Games, Office Supplies, and Amazon Fashion.

Amazon.in was the most visited e-commerce site and the most downloaded mobile shopping app in India in the second quarter, according to third-party reports.

Amazon Marketplace announced the inaugural Women's Entrepreneur Conference, which will be held in August in Seattle. The full-day event will bring together over 300 women entrepreneurs and business owners from around the world to network and learn from experts on how to grow, lead, and scale a business on Amazon.

Amazon announced that Career Choice, the program that pre-pays 95% of tuition and books for courses that teach in-demand skills, began to open-source its program roadmap and lessons learned with other companies. Since launching four years ago, over 7,000 Amazon associates across ten countries have participated in Career Choice.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that Salesforce selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. For the first time, Salesforce will expand use of AWS to Salesforce's core services - including Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and more - for the company's planned international infrastructure expansion.

AWS announced the industry's first fully-managed, cloud-based file system, Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). Amazon EFS is a new service that makes it easy to set up and scale file storage in the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to create petabyte scale file systems with gigabytes of throughput that are accessible to multiple Amazon EC2 instances and can support thousands of concurrent client connections with consistent performance.

AWS launched its Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, the sixth AWS Region in Asia Pacific. With this launch, AWS provides 35 Availability Zones across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally.

AWS announced the availability of X1 instances, a new Memory Optimized instance for Amazon EC2. X1 instances have 2 TB of memory - the most memory available in any cloud instance offered today by any cloud provider. Powered by the latest Intel processors and certified by SAP, X1 instances are ideal for running in-memory databases like SAP HANA, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high performance computing (HPC) workloads.

AWS also announced that SAP business-critical applications are gaining momentum on AWS as customers including GE Oil & Gas, Kellogg's, Brooks Brothers, Ferrara Candy Company, GPT Group, Hoya Corporation, Lionsgate, Macmillan Publishers India, RWE Czech Republic, and Bart & Associates Inc., are running SAP on AWS.

AWS achieved the new FedRAMP High compliance certification, giving U.S. government agencies the ability to use the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive applications and workloads like patient records, financial data, and law enforcement data.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect Amazon.com's expectations as of July 28, 2016, 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 2016 Guidance
  • Net sales are expected to be between $31.0 billion and $33.5 billion, or to grow between 22% and 32% compared with third quarter 2015.
  • Operating income is expected to be between $50 million and $650 million, compared with $406 million in third quarter 2015.
  • This guidance assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded.
A conference call will be webcast live today at 2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 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: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 28 16:50:06 2016

Yes and what is eBay doing ???????

Answer: Nothing.

Oh wait, the NEW CEO has a vision ..... "Advocates of the long-held "level playing field" approach will likely be disappointed - and it's too early to tell if the small sellers of quirky, rare, unusual, knick-knacky, and liquidated types of goods will survive alongside the commodity items - new or used - that appear to be the priority at eBay"

So the new plan is more of the same - steal from sellers, make them unhappy and want to leave, take away any fairness that's left, and then tell the world how your %3 turn around plan is working.

Tool - how are you going to spin THIS ONE?

eBay %3
Amazon %31

"Get you some of that !"

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Jul 28 17:17:38 2016

I don't sell on Amazon

I don't own Amazon stock

Nothing to spin

I did however sell 5 items today on ebay for a total of $414

That's a good day for me!

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by: HappyOne This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 28 20:14:27 2016

Amazon is hitting on all eight cylinders. Ebay is putting along on two. I had a $22 sale today with free shipping. Total net profit for month $225 from 27 sales of yard sale treasures (junk). During July I bought four items on Amazon with free shipping; same items on Ebay were much more ($10 or more each). I find nothing NEW to be cheaper on Ebay ( I am not a prime member). Only thing bought on Ebay was ''free store box allocation''.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Jul 28 23:24:15 2016

@toolguy - I believe what Pace is referring to is, every quarter when the financials are released you post how eBay is doing so much better than Amazon, despite what the numbers say. But you can't explain the disparity in growth this quarter. Amazon is growing, while eBay is stagnating.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 28 23:53:51 2016

😀 sparrow for explaining it to him- he just doesn't understand and probably never will.

Ad long as he does his $300 or do, he can continue to pretend all is fine.

But karma is a bitch, a nasty bitch - one that does bite back. Just wait till eBay eliminates a feature or a protection you hold dear.....

The numbers speak for themselves - Amazon - love them or hate them is growing at a tremendous rate. They are growing, opening up new FBA centers and more.

eBay just eliminated some feedback feature.... Such genius's!!!

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by: Bloggo This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 29 03:25:43 2016

It's time for another one of eBay's 5 year turnaround plans.  

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 29 05:12:27 2016

@Bloggo

The turnaround plans need turnaround plans of their own.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jul 29 08:48:42 2016

@ pace306

Karma? I treat my customers like GOLD!

I think Karma is working for me not against me.

Read some of my feedback and see what my customers are saying. . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jul 29 12:35:02 2016

Amazon is on FIRE!

I hope everyone here is selling boat loads of merchandise over there.

And if you own Amazon stock CONGRATULATIONS on having one of the best returning stocks on the market
(Hanson's Beverage was the other stellar stock of the 21st century, based in Corona Ca.)

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by: rhawk This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 29 12:51:33 2016


Tool and Ebay......

They both only care about profits for themselves, and can only surmise that everything is just fine as they limp along.

I wonder how much MORE money tool could make on ebay if ebay showed his items all the time to all potential buyers.

I wonder how much more could be made without the glut of chinese cheapies clogging the site.

See, its bigger than just immediate profit.   Ebay has to get back to ethics, fairness, and promoting American small business.

Trust. Safety.  Visibility. Results.   should be ebays mantra...but its not...

Its A.I., algorithmns, slight of hand, punishing sellers, and an unsafe scam site.

Ebay sucks, and everyday, more people come to that conclusion.

Tool will find it to be true soon enough.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Jul 29 13:54:18 2016

rhawk, I had to laugh when reading Wenig's comments regarding how he just could not understand why anyone would leave eBay.

He must be kidding. Why would someone continue to pay eBay fees for the worst sales ever.  $100K businesses have been turned on their heads, barely making enough money to pay eBay's fees.

This man either does not listen to his customers or he lives in some fantasy world.  He, like someone else also has the "if it doesn't affect me it must not be happening" syndrome.

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by: rhawk This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 29 14:28:31 2016

Exactly Rexford.

Its a total disconnect from what CAN BE.

Ebay should simply be the lowest friction point between a seller and buyer.

Ebay is more like bubble gum on 180 degree tarmac.

True vision would lower the friction point to as near zero as possible.   Profits then come by the bucket load.

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by: ebay refugee camp This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 29 15:10:32 2016

Amazon kicking ebay's rear for handmade items about 7 to 1.Why? because ebay has chased away US sellers and is courting and backing chinese sellers and thanthere is ebay buyer protection or screw a seller today for a free item program because you can here on ebay!
Congrats Amazon

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Jul 29 16:22:20 2016

rhawk writes: "Ebay has to get back to ethics, fairness, and promoting American small business."

I'm going to cross stitch that on linen, frame it, and send it to Wenig for Christmas.

I don't have a Bachelor's degree or a law degree like Wenig does, and I'm guessing that most of the people who comment here don't either. Yet the majority of us have a clear picture of what eBay needs to do to turn itself around and be a thriving marketplace once again. It boggles the mind that someone who is obviously intelligent, could be so clueless about how to make eBay great again.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Jul 29 18:08:18 2016

iheartjacksparrow--but he has a vision.  LOL   Is that vision to continue to takes pages from Amazon's playbook?

Maybe he is confusing it with tunnel vision.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Fri Jul 29 18:21:18 2016

What I want to know is how toolguy can brag about $400+ in daily sales (or some other variant) and then post how he can't afford to collect stuff anymore (see "is eBay a buyer's market?").  Something just doesn't add up there.

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by: Donkey This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 30 08:51:31 2016

Ebay will likely be purchased be a Chinese owned company soon.

The categories that I used to sell in are full of Chinese fakes.

Ebay will just be a China owned company selling China fakes to US buyers.  Like a Dollar Store but it gets shipped to you.

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by: ilikespaghettios This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jul 31 23:07:20 2016

It's so simple really.

A company in it for the long haul, compared to the bain drain.

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by: Sierra This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 1 09:21:56 2016

@ebayrefugeecamp - maybe for you, but not so much for me. I've been a H@A seller since it launched last Fall and it is NOT a good site for OOAK sellers since OOAK items never develop a Sales Rank. My items are still easily findable, even on regular Amazon, and the prices are good. I am currently offering ''free'' shipping (postage included in selling price), however I am lucky if I get 2 orders a month from H@A!

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 1 12:23:46 2016

Amazon is a sinking ship for sellers, mark my words

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