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Microsoft misses estimates, cites exchange rates and ‘deteriorating’ PC market

Microsoft ceo Satya Nadella talks at a Microsoft news conference in NY.

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Microsoft shares were flat on Tuesday following the software maker reported fiscal fourth-quarter results that didn’t reach Wall Street consensus.

Here’s the way the company did:

  • Earnings: $2.23 per share, adjusted, vs. $2.29 per share needlessly to say by analysts, in accordance with Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $51.87 billion, vs. $52.44 billion needlessly to say by analysts, in accordance with Refinitiv.

Microsoft turned in the slowest revenue growth since 2020, at 12% year over year in the quarter, which ended on June 30, in accordance with a statement. The business’s earnings per share fell lacking consensus for the very first time since 2016, with net gain rising 2% to $16.74 billion.

The largest challenge in the quarter stemmed from worsening foreign-exchange rates. Microsoft said that reduced revenue by $595 million and earnings by 4 cents per share. In June, Microsoft reduced its quarterly income and revenue guidance guidance for income and revenue because of rate fluctuations. Revenue and income for the quarter came in at the reduced end of the ranges that Microsoft had submit in June.

Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud segment, which include the Azure public cloud for application hosting, SQL Server, Windows Server and enterprise services generated $20.91 billion in revenue. That has been up 20% and below the consensus of $21.10 billion among analysts polled by StreetAccount.

The business said revenue from Azure along with other cloud services grew by 40%, weighed against 46% in the last quarter. Analysts surveyed by CNBC had expected 43.1%, as the consensus estimate from StreetAccount was 43.4%. Microsoft will not disclose Azure revenue in dollars.

Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes segment including Office productivity software, Dynamics and LinkedIn posted $16.60 billion in revenue. That has been up nearly 13% and slightly significantly less than the StreetAccount consensus of $16.66 billion.

The More Personal Computing segment featuring the Windows operating-system, Xbox video-game consoles, the Bing internet search engine and Surface devices delivered $14.36 billion in revenue for the quarter. Revenue was up 2% year over year and barely less than the $14.65 billion StreetAccount consensus. Microsoft said search and news advertising, excluding traffic-acquisition costs, rose 18% because of stronger search volume and revenue per search. Still, a contraction in advertising spending led to a $100 million cut to revenue for the search and news advertising and LinkedIn categories.

Sales of Windows licenses to device makers fell by 2% in the quarter. Technology industry researcher Gartner said earlier this month that logistical disruptions in the quarter had contributed to a 12.6% reduction in quarterly PC shipments, an integral input for that metric. The business said factory shutdowns in China in April and could and a worsening computer market in June reduced Windows revenue from device makers by $300 million.

Microsoft saw $126 million in operating expenses linked with its decision to avoid selling products in Russia following country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Through the quarter, CEO Satya Nadella said employees are certain to get pay increases, and the business introduced services to greatly help customers cope with security incidents.

Excluding the after-hours move, Microsoft stock has tumbled 25% up to now this year, weighed against a roughly 18% decline in the S&P 500 index of U.S. stocks.

Executives will discuss the outcomes with analysts and issue help with a webcast starting at 5: 30 p.m. ET.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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