Alphabet Inc.’s stock initially slipped in extended trading Thursday after it missed slightly on revenue and earnings in a ho-hum quarterly result.
Google’s parent company reported fiscal fourth-quarter total revenue of $76.05 billion, up from $75.3 billion a year ago. Earnings were $13.62 billion, or $1.05 per share, compared with $20.64 billion, or $1.53 per share, last year. Alphabet’s revenue, minus traffic-acquisition costs (TAC), was $63.12 billion, vs. $61.9 billion a year ago.
“We’re on an important journey to re-engineer our cost structure in a durable way and to build financially sustainable, vibrant, growing businesses across Alphabet,” Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a statement announcing the results.
Analysts polled by FactSet expected Alphabet
to report total revenue of $76.2 billion and earnings of $1.18 per share, with sales expected to be in-line with last year’s results and profit declining from the holiday season a year ago. Revenue, minus TAC, were modeled at $63.2 billion, which also suggests little to no growth from last year.
Google’s total advertising sales slid to $59 billion from $61.2 billion a year ago, missing analysts’ average expectations for $60.44 billion. Google Cloud was $7.32 billion, compared with $5.54 billion last year. YouTube ad sales slipped to $7.96 billion from $8.63 billion a year ago.
The financial results sent Alphabet shares down 4% in extended trading Thursday after shares climbed 7% during the regular session to close at $107.74.
A dip in digital advertising has defined the past few quarters for Google, Meta Platforms Inc.
and other companies dependent on ads. Meta’s better-than-expected quarterly report Wednesday was a sign of encouragement after Snap had another desultory quarterly performance.
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“After Alphabet’s Advertising revenue cycle reached peak growth” in the second quarter of 2021, revenue for this part of the business is set to decelerate for the sixth quarter in a row, said Monness, Crespi, Hardt analyst Brian White, who forecast a 3% drop in the recently completed quarter.
Alphabet’s stock has declined 24.7% over the past 12 months. The S&P 500 index
is down 6.7% over the past year.