Microsoft Reports Record Revenue
Microsoft reveals record revenue of $12.54 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2006, a 6% increase over the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $3.47 billion, $2.63 billion and $0.26, respectively. These results reflect the deferral of $1.64 billion of revenue and operating income, $1.13 billion of net income and $0.11 of diluted earnings per share from the second to the third fiscal quarter, due primarily to the technology guarantee programs that were announced on October 24, 2006 for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release. Revenue growth over the same period of the prior year would have been 14 percentage points higher before the technology guarantee programs.
The same period last year marked the launches of Xbox 360, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0. One year later, these products have contributed over $1.0 billion of revenue growth.
Microsoft management offers the following guidance for the quarter ending March 31, 2007:
• Revenue is expected to be in the range of $13.7 billion to $14.0 billion, which reflects $1.68 billion of revenue recognition as noted below.
• Operating income is expected to be in the range of $6.1 billion to $6.3 billion, which reflects a $1.68 billion impact due to revenue recognition as noted below.
• Diluted earnings per share are expected to be $0.45 to $0.46, which includes a $0.12 earnings per share impact due to revenue recognition as noted below.
Note: The guidance above includes the impact of third quarter recognition of revenue deferred from the first and second fiscal quarters, primarily related to the technology guarantee programs.
Management offers the following guidance for the full fiscal year ending June 30, 2007:
• Revenue is expected to be in the range of $50.2 billion to $50.7 billion.
• Operating income is expected to be in the range of $19.3 billion to $19.7 billion.
• Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.45 to $1.47.
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