Jul 26, 2022 - Technology

Google earnings miss expectations, but bottom doesn't fall out

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Google parent Alphabet narrowly missed revenue and earnings expectations in earnings reported Tuesday.

What's happening: Shares were up 2% in after-hours trading Tuesday. Investors had braced for the worst after weak earnings reports from Snapchat and Twitter suggested a slowing ad market.

Details: YouTube ad revenues increased over last quarter, but growth is slower than in previous years as marketers reduced ad spend due to inflation and YouTube faced competition from short-form video giant TikTok.

  • Alphabet's advertising revenue increased only 12% overall, and YouTube sales only rose 5% compared to 84% in the same period in 2021.
  • Google Cloud lost $858 million during the quarter; while competitor Microsoft's cloud services grew 40% this quarter. The company is also slowing its hiring.

What they're saying: "In the second quarter our performance was driven by search and cloud," CEO Sundar Pichai said in a release. "The investments we’ve made over the years in AI and computing are helping to make our services particularly valuable for consumers, and highly effective for businesses of all sizes."

  • "As we sharpen our focus, we’ll continue to invest responsibly in deep computer science for the long-term."
  • Pichai, on an investor call, also highlighted increased use and new features for Safe Browsing and Google's password manager. He talked about increased opportunities for shopping on YouTube and growing views on YouTube Shorts, clear attempts at competing with Instagram and TikTok.

By the numbers via CNBC:

  • Earnings per share (EPS): $1.21 vs $1.28 expected, according to Refinitiv
  • Revenue: $69.69 billion vs $69.9 billion expected, according to Refinitiv
  • YouTube advertising revenue: $7.34 billion vs. $7.52 billion expected, according to StreetAccount
  • Google Cloud revenue:  $6.28 billion vs. $6.41 billion expected, according to StreetAccount
  • Traffic acquisition costs (TAC): $12.21 billion vs. $12.41 billion expected, according to StreetAccount
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