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Google Earnings Are Out, Revenue Up 12% To $14.98 Billion

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Google Earnings Are Out, Revenue Up 12% To  $14.98 Billion
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Google has released its earnings report for the third quarter with revenues of $14.98 billion, an increase of 12% year over year. GAAP operating income was $3.44 billion.

The company has once again managed to beat Wall Street expectations.

CEO Larry Page said, “Google had another strong quarter with $14.9 billion in revenue and great product progress. We are closing in on our goal of a beautiful, simple, and intuitive experience regardless of your device.”

Page said he won’t be doing any more of these conference calls for a while. His voice has continued to sound weak as it has since last year, as the result of vocal cord issues.

Google segment revenues were $13.77 billion. Google-owned sites revenues were $9.39 billion. Network revenues were $3.15 billion. “Other” revenues were $1.23 billion.

You can check out the earnings call live below. It’s scheduled to begin at 4:30 (Eastern).

During the call, Page said noted that over a billion Android devices have been activated. He said he’s excited about Chromebooks, and talked up the new HP Chromebook 11, Chromecast and the Moto X.

He said almost 40% of YouTube traffic comes from mobile, up from 6% two years ago.

“Our momentum in voice search is tremendous,” he said, noting the additional language support Google has been adding.

In the last six months, the accuracy has caught up quite a bit, Page said of voice recognition. “I think we’ve made tremendous strides, and we’ll continue…but I think they’re already super useful.”

He also said to “prepare to be amazed” by Google+ photo search if you haven’t tried it yet.

CFO Patrick Pichette said that advertising policies implemented earlier this year have had a short-term negative impact, but they think they’re the right move for the long-term.

Google’s employee head count by the end of the quarter was roughly 46 thousand full-time employees.

“On the ecommerce side, i think google’s been used for ecommerceo for forever, and we’re really excited about doing a better job of that. we want to remove friction when people are buying on line or the real world,” said Page. This was in response to a question about structured data and the Knowledge Graph, so not much of an answer there.

The investment in things like Calico (Google’s “anti-death” company) is significant, Page said, but not significant for Google. In other words, it’s a lot of money, but not a lot of money for Google. This is a subject that always comes up during investor calls with concern from investors that Google is not focused enough on its real money makers.

It sounded like Page implied that he wishes he could invest more in stuff like Calico.

Here’s the release in its entirely:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 17, 2013 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

“Google had another strong quarter with $14.9 billion in revenue and great product progress,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.  “We are closing in on our goal of a beautiful, simple, and intuitive experience regardless of your device.”

Q3 Financial Summary

Google Inc. reported consolidated revenues of $14.89 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, an increase of 12% compared to the third quarter of 2012. Google Inc. reports advertising revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the third quarter of 2013, TAC totaled $2.97 billion, or 24% of advertising revenues.

Operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share (EPS) are reported on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures, as well as free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release.

  • GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.44 billion, or 23% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $2.74 billion, or 21% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $4.34 billion, or 29% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $3.76 billion, or 28% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012.
  • GAAP net income including net income from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2013 was $2.97 billion, compared to $2.18 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.64 billion, compared to $2.96 billion in the third quarter of 2012.
  • GAAP EPS including impact from net income from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2013 was $8.75 on 339 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $6.53 in the third quarter of 2012 on 333 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2013 was $10.74, compared to $8.87 in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin exclude stock-based compensation (SBC) expense, as well as restructuring and related charges. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS exclude the expenses noted above, net of the related tax benefits, as well as net income or loss from discontinued operations. In the third quarter of 2013, the expense related to SBC and the related tax benefits were $886 million and $207 million compared to $706 million and $155 million in the third quarter of 2012. In the third quarter of 2013, restructuring and related charges and the related tax benefits were $12 million and $3 million, compared to $313 million and $67 million in the third quarter of 2012. In addition, net income from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2013 was $15 million, compared to net income from discontinued operations of $18 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Q3 Financial Highlights

Revenues and other information – On a consolidated basis, Google Inc. revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 were $14.89 billion, an increase of 12% compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Google Segment Revenues – Google segment revenues were $13.77 billion, or 92% of consolidated revenues, in the third quarter of 2013, representing a 19% increase over third quarter 2012 Google segment revenues of $11.53 billion.

  • Google Sites Revenues – Google-owned sites generated segment revenues of $9.39 billion, or 68% of total Google segment revenues, in the third quarter of 2013. This represents a 22% increase over third quarter 2012 Google sites segment revenues of $7.73 billion.
  • Google Network Revenues – Google’s partner sites generated segment revenues of $3.15 billion, or 23% of total Google segment revenues, in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $3.13 billion of Google network segment revenues in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Other Google Revenues – Other revenues from the Google segment were $1.23 billion, or 9% of total Google segment revenues, in the third quarter of 2013. This represents an 85% increase over third quarter 2012 other Google segment revenues of $666 million.

Google Segment International Revenues – Google segment revenues from outside of the United States totaled $7.67 billion, representing 56% of total Google segment revenues in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 55% in the second quarter of 2013 and 53% in the third quarter of 2012.

  • Google segment revenues from the United Kingdom totaled $1.39 billion, representing 10% of total Google segment revenues in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 11% in the third quarter of 2012.

Foreign Exchange Impact on Google Segment Revenues – Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the second quarter of 2013 through the third quarter of 2013, our Google segment revenues in the third quarter of 2013 would have been $41 million higher. Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the third quarter of 2012 through the third quarter of 2013, our Google segment revenues in the third quarter of 2013 would have been $135 million higher.

  • In the third quarter of 2013, we recognized a benefit of $22 million to Google segment revenues through our foreign exchange risk management program, compared to $62 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Reconciliations of our non-GAAP international revenues excluding the impact of foreign exchange and hedging to GAAP international revenues are included at the end of this release.

Paid Clicks – Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 26% over the third quarter of 2012 and increased approximately 8% over the second quarter of 2013.

Cost-Per-Click – Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 8% over the third quarter of 2012 and decreased approximately 4% over the second quarter of 2013.

TAC – Traffic acquisition costs, the portion of revenues shared with Google’s partners, increased to $2.97 billion in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $2.77 billion in the third quarter of 2012. TAC as a percentage of advertising revenues was 24% in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 26% in the third quarter of 2012.

The majority of TAC is related to amounts ultimately paid to our Network members, which totaled $2.22 billion in the third quarter of 2013. TAC also includes amounts ultimately paid to certain distribution partners and others who direct traffic to our website, which totaled $755 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Motorola Mobile Segment Revenues – Motorola Mobile segment revenues were $1.18 billion, or 8% of consolidated revenues in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $1.78 billion, or 13% of consolidated revenues in the third quarter of 2012.

Elimination and Other – Beginning in Q3 2013, Google and Motorola segment revenues are impacted by intersegment transactions that are eliminated in consolidation. Additionally, segment revenues associated with certain products were recognized this quarter in the segment results, but deferred to future periods in our consolidated financial statements. Such intersegment revenues and deferred revenues were $63 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Other Cost of Revenues – Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of manufacturing and inventory-related costs, data center operational expenses, amortization of intangible assets, and content acquisition costs, increased to $3.44 billion, or 23% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $3.19 billion, or 24% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012.

Operating Expenses – Operating expenses, other than cost of revenues, were $5.04 billion in the third quarter of 2013, or 34% of revenues, compared to $4.61 billion in the third quarter of 2012, or 35% of revenues.

Amortization Expenses – Amortization expenses of acquisition-related intangible assets were $281 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $287 million in the third quarter of 2012. Of the $281 million, $153 million was as a result of the acquisition of Motorola, of which $116 million is included in Google segment results and $37 million is included in Motorola Mobile segment results.

Stock-Based Compensation (SBC) – In the third quarter of 2013, the total charge related to SBC was $886 million, compared to $750 million in the third quarter of 2012. We currently estimate SBC charges for grants to employees prior to September 30, 2013 to be approximately $3.29 billion for 2013. This estimate does not include expenses to be recognized related to employee stock awards that are granted after September 30, 2013 or non-employee stock awards that have been or may be granted.

Operating Income – On a consolidated basis, GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.44 billion, or 23% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $2.74 billion, or 21% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $4.34 billion, or 29% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $3.76 billion, or 28% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012.

  • Google Segment Operating Income – Google segment operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $4.64 billion, or 34% of Google segment revenues. This compares to segment operating income of $3.95 billion in the third quarter of 2012, or 34% of Google segment revenues.
  • Motorola Mobile Segment Operating Loss – Motorola Mobile segment operating loss in the third quarter of 2013 was $248 million, or -21% of Motorola Mobile segment revenues. This compares to segment operating loss of $192 million, or -11% of Motorola Mobile segment revenues in the third quarter of 2012.

Interest and Other Income, Net – Interest and other income, net, was $24 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $65 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Income Taxes – Our effective tax rate was 15% for the third quarter of 2013.

Net Income – Consolidated GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $2.97 billion, compared to $2.18 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP consolidated net income was $3.64 billion in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $2.96 billion in the third quarter of 2012. GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2013 was $8.75 on 339 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $6.53 in the third quarter of 2012 on 333 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2013 was $10.74, compared to $8.87 in the third quarter of 2012.

Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures – Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2013 totaled $5.08 billion, compared to $4.0 billion in the third quarter of 2012. In the third quarter of 2013, capital expenditures were $2.29 billion, the majority of which was for production equipment, data-center construction, and real estate purchases. Free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. In the third quarter of 2013, free cash flow was $2.79 billion.

We expect to continue to make significant capital expenditures.

A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the GAAP measure of liquidity, is included at the end of this release.

Cash – As of September 30, 2013, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $56.52 billion.

Headcount – On a worldwide basis, we employed 46,421 full-time employees (42,162 in Google and 4,259 in Motorola Mobile) as of September 30, 2013, compared to 44,777 full-time employees (40,178 in Google and 4,599 Motorola Mobile) as of June 30, 2013.

WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

A live audio webcast of Google’s third quarter 2013 earnings release call will be available at http://investor.google.com/webcast.html. The call begins today at 1:30 PM (PT) / 4:30 PM (ET). This press release, the financial tables, as well as other supplemental information including segment results and the reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, are also available on that site.

We also announce investor information, including news and commentary about our business and financial performance, SEC filings, notices of investor events and our press and earnings releases, on our investor relations website (http://investor.google.com) and our investor relations Google+ page (https://plus.google.com/+GoogleInvestorRelations/posts).

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements regarding our investments in areas of strategic focus, our expected SBC charges, and our plans to make significant capital expenditures. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include, among others, unforeseen changes in our hiring patterns and our need to expend capital to accommodate the growth of the business, as well as those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 which are on file with the SEC and are available on our investor relations website at investor.google.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of October 17, 2013, and we undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

SEGMENT RESULTS

In addition to consolidated results, management reviews financial information for the Google and Motorola operating segments. The presentation of segment results is a required disclosure in accordance with GAAP as part of our consolidated financial statements, and in accordance with GAAP, segment results are consistent with what is provided to the chief operating decision maker (CODM) for purposes of making decisions about allocating resources to the segment and assessing its performance. Certain items, including stock-based compensation expense and restructuring and other related charges, are not reflected in our segment results because this information is not reviewed by the CODM when assessing the performance of our operating segments. Similarly, revenues resulting from intersegment transactions that would be eliminated on consolidation, and revenues from certain product sales whose recognition would be deferred in our consolidated financial statements, are included in our segment results because this information is reviewed by the CODM when assessing the performance of the operating segments. Because of the eliminations, the sum of the two segment results will not equal the consolidated results unless the eliminations are taken into account. For more information on segment results, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of selected non-GAAP financial measures and segment results to the nearest comparable GAAP financial measures,” which shows the adjustments to our consolidated results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 that we have made in presenting our segment results, included at the end of this release.

ABOUT NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EPS, free cash flow, and non-GAAP international revenues. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliations of selected non-GAAP financial measures and segments results to the nearest comparable GAAP financial measures,” “Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations to the nearest comparable GAAP measures,” “Reconciliation from net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow,” and “Reconciliation from GAAP international revenues to non-GAAP international revenues” included at the end of this release.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures that may not be indicative of our recurring core business operating results, meaning our operating performance excluding not only non-cash charges, such as SBC, but also discrete cash charges that are infrequent in nature or relate to restructuring activities. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity as well as comparisons to our competitors’ operating results. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors both because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

Non-GAAP operating income and operating margin. We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income excluding expenses related to SBC, and, as applicable, other special items. Non-GAAP operating margin is defined as non-GAAP operating income divided by revenues. Google considers these non-GAAP financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors because they exclude the effect of SBC, and as applicable, other special items so that Google’s management and investors can compare Google’s recurring core business operating results over multiple periods. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types that companies can use under FASB ASC Topic 718, Google’s management believes that providing a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes SBC allows investors to make meaningful comparisons between Google’s recurring core business operating results and those of other companies, as well as providing Google’s management with an important tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Google’s own recurring core business operating results over different periods of time. There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP operating income versus operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP. First, non-GAAP operating income excludes some costs, namely, SBC, that are recurring. SBC has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Google’s business. Second, SBC is an important part of our employees’ compensation and impacts their performance. Third, the components of the costs that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP operating income may differ from the components that our peer companies exclude when they report their results of operations. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP operating income and evaluating non-GAAP operating income together with operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP net income and EPS. We define non-GAAP net income as net income excluding expenses related to SBC and, as applicable, other special items less the related tax effects, as well as net income (loss) from discontinued operations. The tax effects of SBC and, as applicable, other special items are calculated using the tax-deductible portion of SBC, and, as applicable, other special items, and applying the entity-specific, U.S. federal and blended state tax rates. We define non-GAAP EPS as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average outstanding shares, on a fully-diluted basis. We consider these non-GAAP financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors for the same reasons that Google uses non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin. However, in order to provide a complete picture of our recurring core business operating results, we exclude from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS the tax effects associated with SBC and, as applicable, other special items. Without excluding these tax effects, investors would only see the gross effect that excluding these expenses had on our operating results. The same limitations described above regarding Google’s use of non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin apply to our use of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS and evaluating non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS together with net income and EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Free cash flow. We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. We consider free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business that, after the acquisition of property and equipment, including information technology infrastructure and land and buildings, can be used for strategic opportunities, including investing in our business, making strategic acquisitions, and strengthening the balance sheet. Analysis of free cash flow also facilitates management’s comparisons of our operating results to competitors’ operating results. A limitation of using free cash flow versus the GAAP measure of net cash provided by operating activities as a means for evaluating Google is that free cash flow does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance from operations for the period because it excludes cash used for capital expenditures during the period. Our management compensates for this limitation by providing information about our capital expenditures on the face of the statement of cash flows and under the caption “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. Google has computed free cash flow using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and year to year.

Non-GAAP international revenues. We define non-GAAP international revenues as international revenues excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate movements and hedging activities. Non-GAAP international revenues are calculated by translating current quarter revenues using prior quarter and prior year exchange rates, as well as excluding any hedging gains realized in the current quarter. We consider non-GAAP international revenues as a useful metric as it facilitates management’s internal comparison to our historical performance.

The accompanying tables have more details on the non-GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

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Google Earnings Are Out, Revenue Up 12% To $14.98 Billion
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