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Oct 24 2014, 8.46am GMT


Microsoft Cloud Strength and Hardware Progress Drive Record First-Quarter Revenue

Shares were up 1.44 percent today on NASDAQ; across the year, share prices have gained 33.35%

Microsoft Corp. today announced Q1 2015 figures:

  • Revenue of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.
  • Gross margin, operating income and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for the quarter were $14.93 billion, $5.84 billion and $0.54 per share, respectively.
  • Results include $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses, or an $0.11 per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July 2014 and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services (“NDS”) business.

Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers totaled more than 7 million, representing more than 25% sequential growth over the previous quarter.
  • Surface Pro 3 momentum drove Surface revenue of $908 million.
  • New Windows consumer licensing programs drove positive unit growth while OEM non-Pro revenue declined 1%.
  • Total Xbox console sales were 2.4 million, growing 102%, and Xbox One launched in 28 new markets.
  • Phone hardware revenue exceeded $2.6 billion with ongoing focus on execution discipline.

Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and services revenue increased 13%
  • Office Commercial products and services revenue grew 5%
  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 128%
  • Lync, SharePoint and Exchange, our productivity server offerings, collectively grew double-digits.
  • Windows volume licensing revenue increased 10%.

The following table notes the impact of the integration and restructuring expenses on the company’s financial performance. Source: Microsoft.com.

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