Google's Q2 falls below expectations with EPS of $9.56

Summary:UPDATED: Google has activated more than 900 million Android devices to date with 1.5 million more everyday.


Following up a quarter packed with Glass news , the annual I/O developer conference , and damage control thanks to the NSA leak, Google revealed its financials for the second quarter of 2013.

The Internet giant reported a second quarter net income of $3.23 billion with earnings of $9.54 per share (statement). Non-GAAP earnings were $9.56 per share on a consolidated revenue of $14.11 billion, up 19 percent annually.

But traffic acquisition costs rounded out to $3.01 billion, or 25 percent of advertising revenues.

Thus, revenue minus TAC was $11.1 billion.

But Wall Street was looking for earnings of roughly $10.78 per share on a revenue of $14.42 billion.

Google asserted that Q2 revenue would have been $177 million higher if "foreign exchange rates remained constant from the first quarter of 2013 through the second quarter of 2013."

Still, CEO Larry Page trumped up the consolidated revenue stats in prepared remarks:

Google had a great quarter with over $14 billion in revenue – up 19% year-on-year. The shift from one screen to multiple screens and mobility creates tremendous opportunity for Google. With more devices, more information, and more activity online than ever, the potential to improve people’s lives even more is immense.


For the third quarter, Wall Street is expecting Google to deliver a revenue of $15.03 billion with earnings of $11.11 per share.

Google did not provide third quarter guidance in its earnings report published after the bell on Thursday, but it is expected to be revealed during the conference call with analysts and investors at 1:30PM PT/4:30PM PT.


Here are some of the big numbers to know from Google's Q3:

  • The employee count has shifted now that Motorola Home is gone: On a worldwide basis, Google employed 44,777 full-time employees (40,178 in Google and 4,599 in Motorola Mobile) as of June 30. That's compared to 53,891 full-time employees (38,739 in Google, 9,982 Motorola Mobile, and 5,170 Motorola Home) as of March 31.
  • Motorola posted a net operating loss $218 million, or -22 percent of Motorola Mobile revenues. That's steeper than the loss of $49 million, or minus six percent of Motorola Mobile revenues during the second quarter of 2012.
  • The international revenue contribution remained flat on a quarterly basis as revenues from outside of the United States totaled $7.2 billion, or 55 percent of total Google revenues in Q2.
  • Google has activated more than 900 million Android devices to-date with 1.5 million more everyday.
  • Chrome has 750 million users worldwide and growing.
  • Advertisers have upgraded more than 600 million campaigns amid biggest change ever to AdWords.
  • Google Play has seen 15 billion app downloads.

CORRECTION: A Google spokesperson clarified, despite what was printed in some transcripts of the call, that CEO Larry Page actually said there have been 50 billion app downloads from Google Play -- not 15 billion.

Slides via Google Investor Relations

Topics: Mobility, Cloud, Google, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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