Tech giant Microsoft has published its earnings for its fiscal first quarter and the results beat the estimates of analysts. The tech company also saw its shares rise in Tuesday’s extended trading.
The company recorded earnings of $2.27 per share, adjusted beating the $2.07 per share estimate of analysts, according to Refinitiv. For revenue, the company realized $45.32 billion beating the estimate of $43.97 billion that analysts estimated, according to Refinitiv. According to a statement by the company, revenue soared almost 22 percent YoY and is the fastest growth that the company has recorded since 2018. The tech giant recorded a 48 percent growth in its net income. For the fiscal first quarter, Microsoft reported $20.5 billion in net income.
The company’s Intelligent Cloud segment which envelopes the Azure public cloud, enterprise services, GitHub, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio and Windows Server, recorded $16.96 billion in revenue, up 31 percent YoY. The record beat the $16.51 billion estimate, according to StreetAccount. The company’s Azure and other cloud services had a growth of 50 percent YoY in the fiscal first quarter, beating the estimation of 47 percent, according to StreetAccount. The growth that the company had in the fiscal quarter beat the forecast that the company had set for itself in the previous quarter. While the company does not reveal the growth for Azure in dollars, the company saw a 48 percent growth in its Azure business in the fiscal quarter compared to the 45 percent growth recorded in the previous quarter.
The company’s Finance Chief – Amy Hood, said on Tuesday that “we expect healthy broad-based growth in our Azure consumption business consistent with recent trends and our user business while continuing to benefit from Microsoft 365 momentum to see a moderation of growth rates given the size of the install base”.
Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes unit, which envelopes its Dynamics, LinkedIn and Office, contributed revenue of $15.04 billion, up 22 percent. It also beat estimates of $14.67 billion, according to StreetAccount.
Microsoft’s More Personal Computing business recorded $13.31 billion in revenue. It covers Windows, gaming, search advertising and devices. It beat the estimates of $12.72 billion. According to estimate from Gartner, Microsoft’s personal computers shipments grew by 1 percent. The sale of Windows to device makers grew by 10 percent even though supply challenges was a challenge in the quarter. Amy Hood emphasized that the company saw strength in the sale of commercial personal computers in particular.
Microsoft shares have risen 39 percent this year, while the S&P 500 index is up about 22 percent over the same period.
The company with respect to guidance, Microsoft forecasts between $50.15 billion to $51.05 billion for the fiscal second quarter, and is above the $48.92 billion estimates from analysts, according to Refinitiv.