Google Misses Expectations, Aftermarket Punishes Stock

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Google Inc. announced its fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday, and while the company posted a significant increase year-over-year revenue and earnings, it wasn’t enough for Wall Street. The after hours market punished the stock—the same after market that often over reacts to Apple’s earnings reports—pushing it down almost nine percent.

Google and a Pile of Money

Google announced revenues of US$8.13 billion for the December quarter, up 27.6 percent over the year ago quarter. Wall Street had been expecting revenues of $8.4 billion. The company posted earnings of $2.71 billion, or earnings per share of $8.22. While up slightly from the year ago quarter’s earnings of $2.54 billion ($7.81), it was well behind Wall Street’s expectations of $10.49 per share.

The company reported solid results in the U.S., but said that its European operations were weak. Europe has been in the midst of an ongoing financial crisis for some time, which contributed to Google’s weaker results in that part of the world.

On the other hand, Google said it now has 90 million users for Google+ and claimed that some 60 percent of them now engage with the online social networking service on a daily basis. The company said that 80 percent of its members do so on a weekly basis. This suggests that the Facebook competitor is gaining at least some traction.

Be that as it may, the biggest problem Wall Street had with Google’s report may have been the company’s expenses. Operating costs increased to 32 percent of revenue during the December quarter, up from 30 percent year-over-year.

Analyst Kim Forrest put it succinctly when he said to Reuters, “You’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Where is the money going? What are they spending it on?’ I have a feeling it is on platforms like Chrome and Android, and things like that.”

The after hours market is often far more volatile on either direction than regular session trading, and it remains to be seen until Friday morning how the broader markets treat the company’s results.

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4 Comments

nealg

Isn’t this the first full quater that mots numbers are included in the results and could the increased expenses be partly related to this?

Ross Edwards

I’m taking up Google’s side of this for a change, mainly because the same retarded crap happened to Apple with last quarter’s report.  It’s like this: Is the company profitable?  Yes, it is.  Is the company’s profitability growing?  Absolutely.  So what’s Wall Street’s problem?  Oh, it’s that the profitability isn’t growing AS FAST AS they PREDICTED.  And there’s enough groupthink in place that this actually has a material effect on the stock price.

If we all calmed down and transacted stocks based on company fundamentals and a measured, cautious view, this stuff wouldn’t be happening.  But then again, if there wasn’t a viable market for wild gambling idiots, this stuff wouldn’t be happening either.  In the end, our best and only rational move is to ignore the short-term hype, swings, predictions, and “hit/miss” mentality and invest on our own research about company fundamentals, full stop.

And despite all the legal wrangling, Android fragmentation, and so on… Google is profitable and growing.  Which makes GOOG a worthwhile stock to have as a part of a broad portfolio.  Regardless of the market schizophrenia we’re seeing today.

wab95

If we all calmed down and transacted stocks based on company fundamentals and a measured, cautious view, this stuff wouldn?t be happening.? But then again, if there wasn?t a viable market for wild gambling idiots, this stuff wouldn?t be happening either.? In the end, our best and only rational move is to ignore the short-term hype, swings, predictions, and ?hit/miss? mentality and invest on our own research about company fundamentals, full stop.


Wild gambling idiots rule the Street from the throne of irrationality, whereon greed is prized and sanity hath no patron.

mhikl

?m taking up Google?s side of this for a change, mainly because the same retarded crap happened to Apple with last quarter?s report.? It?s like this: Is the company profitable??

So right, Ross. I think there is envy afoot. And too, the economy is in the crapper and these guys can?t see the stars for the muck. And three, the mediocrity in analyses these days is appalling.

And Wab95, you are a poet.

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