Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Microsoft to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Thursday, January 19: Strong Quarter Expected

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Microsoft (MSFT) to Announce Quarterly Earnings

Microsoft will report calendar Q4 2011 financial results on Thursday, January 19, after market close. The conference call will be at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Microsoft Future and Past Financial Performance

Estimated Calendar Q4 2011 Earnings per Share (GAAP)
Yahoo Finance Analysts Estimates: $0.77 avg, $0.68 low, $0.82 high, 31 analysts
Prior Quarter: $0.68
Prior Year: $0.77
Microsoft Outlook: none provided

Prior Calendar Q3 2011 Financial Results (GAAP)
When Microsoft reports calendar Q4 2011, the 3 months ended December, financial results on January 19, Microsoft is expected to meet, beat, or miss various prior quarterly results. These prior quarterly GAAP financial results were:
Total Revenues $17.37B
Operating Income $7.20B
Net Income $5.74B
Earnings per Share $0.68
Cash Flow per Share $1.00
Gross Margin 78.26%
Operating Margin 41.46%
Net Margin 33.03%

Summary (GAAP) Overall, Microsoft is expected to beat QoQ and YoY for Total Revenues and Earnings per Share. Q4 is historically the strongest quarter for Microsoft on an annual cycle. Therefore, Microsoft is also expected to beat QoQ and YoY for Operating Income, Net Income, and Cash Flow per Share. Google should at least meet QoQ and YoY for gross, operating, and net margins. In short, this is expected to be the second greatest quarter in Microsoft's history, behind calendar Q4 2010.

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