Microsoft is showing growth optimism after more than a decade of tepid performance.
Microsoft Corporation’s revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 grew to USD 21.7 billion on a year on year basis and Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were USD 14.6 billion, USD 6.6 billion, and USD 0.61 per share, respectively.
These financial results include USD 190 million of integration and restructuring expenses, or a USD 0.01 per share negative impact, related to Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July 2014 and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business.
During the quarter, Microsoft returned USD 7.5 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.
The strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies had a significant impact on results in the quarter. Excluding the effect of foreign exchange rate changes on a constant currency basis, revenue and gross margin would have grown 9% and 4%, respectively, and operating income and EPS would have declined 4% and 7%, respectively.
Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% (up 11% in constant currency) to USD 9.0 billion, with the following business highlights:
- Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4 million, up 35% sequentially
- Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined
- Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices
- Search advertising revenue grew 21% (up 24% in constant currency), with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year
- Xbox Live usage grew over 30%, driven by increased users and deeper user engagement
- Surface revenue of USD713 million, up 44% (up 53% in constant currency) driven by Surface Pro 3
- Phone Hardware revenue of USD1.4 billion, with 8.6 million Lumia units sold
Commercial revenue grew 5% (up 7% in constant currency) to USD12.8 billion, with the following business highlights:
- Commercial cloud revenue grew 106% (up 111% in constant currency) driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of USD 6.3 billion
- Server products and services revenue grew 12% (up 16% in constant currency), with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%
- Office Commercial products and services revenue declined 2% (up 1% in constant currency); transactional revenue was impacted by the continued transition to Office 365 and declines in business PC sales following the XP refresh cycle
- Windows volume licensing revenue declined 2% (up 1% in constant currency), with transactional revenue declining following the XP refresh cycle partially offset by annuity revenue growth.