AMAZON.COM ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER SALES UP 20% TO $25.59 BILLION
SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 30, 2014—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.
Operating cash flow increased 31% to $5.47 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.18 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2012. Free cash flow increased to $2.03 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $395 million for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2012. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2012 includes fourth quarter 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 476 million on December 31, 2013, compared with 470 million one year ago.
Fourth Quarter 2013
Net sales increased 20% to $25.59 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $21.27 billion in fourth quarter 2012. Excluding the $258 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 22% compared with fourth quarter 2012.
Operating income increased 26% to $510 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $405 million in fourth quarter 2012. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on operating income was $7 million.
Net income increased to $239 million in the fourth quarter, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared with $97 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2012.
“It’s a good time to be an Amazon customer. You can now read your Kindle gate-to-gate, get instant on-device tech support via our revolutionary Mayday button, and have packages delivered to your door even on Sundays,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “In just the last weeks, Forrester, YouGov, and ForeSee have all ranked Amazon #1 — and we believe we’re just scratching the surface of what world-class customer service can be.”
Full Year 2013
Net sales increased 22% to $74.45 billion, compared with $61.09 billion in 2012. Excluding the $1.28 billion unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year, net sales grew 24% compared with 2012.
Operating income increased 10% to $745 million, compared with $676 million in 2012. The unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year on operating income was $29 million.
Net income was $274 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $39 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in 2012.
Amazon announced a record-setting holiday season for Amazon Prime, the annual membership program with tens of millions of members worldwide. Amazon is working hard to increase capacity for the Prime program. In December, Prime was so popular that Amazon limited new Prime membership signups during peak periods.
Prime Instant Video selection increased from 33,000 to more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes in 2013.
Selection in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in 2013 grew from 250,000 books to more than 475,000 books—books that Kindle owners with a Prime membership can borrow for free with no due dates.
Amazon worked with the FAA to update its rules on the use of electronic devices on planes and now over 20 airlines allow customers to use their Kindles gate-to-gate.
Amazon announced that on Christmas Day, the average response time when a customer tapped the Mayday button on Kindle Fire HDX was just 9 seconds, faster than the response time goal of 15 seconds. Thousands of Mayday Tech Advisors in the U.S. were available on Christmas Day to take calls from customers.
The following information was filed by Amazon Com Inc (AMZN) on Thursday, January 30, 2014 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.