Google beats expectations with EPS of $11.58 on $11 billion in revenue

Google on Thursday posted first quarter earnings of $11.58 per share on revenue of $11 billion, thus beating Street expectations of $10.64 in EPS on $11.11 billion in sales. The $11.58 EPS represented a 15% year-over-year increase from Q1 2012. Google’s shares immediately climbed by 2% in after hours trading on news that it had beat expectations. On the downside for Google was the $271 million operating loss posted by its Motorola Mobility unit, which the company has struggled to return to profitability ever since its acquisition in 2012. The company’s full press release is posted below.

Google Inc. Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 18, 2013 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

“We had a very strong start to 2013, with $14.0 billion in revenue, up 31% year-on-year,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google. “We are working hard and investing in our products that aim to improve billions of people’s lives all around the world.”

Q1 Financial Summary

Google Inc. reported consolidated revenues of $13.97 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, an increase of 31% compared to the first quarter of 2012. Google Inc. reports advertising revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the first quarter of 2013, TAC totaled $2.96 billion, or 25% of advertising revenues.

Operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share (EPS) are reported on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures, as well as free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release.

  • GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.48 billion, or 25% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $3.39 billion, or 32% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.22 billion, or 30% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $3.94 billion, or 37% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012.
  • GAAP net income including net income from discontinued operations in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.35 billion, compared to $2.89 billion in the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.90 billion, compared to $3.33 billion in the first quarter of 2012.
  • GAAP EPS including impact from net income from discontinued operations in the first quarter of 2013 was$9.94 on 337 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $8.75 in the first quarter of 2012 on 330 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2013 was $11.58, compared to $10.08 in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin exclude stock-based compensation (SBC) expense, as well as restructuring and related charges recorded in our Motorola Mobile business.  Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS exclude the expenses noted above, net of the related tax benefits, as well as net income from discontinued operations. In the first quarter of 2013, the expense related to SBC and the related tax benefits were $681 million and $149 million compared to $556 million and $118 million in the first quarter of 2012.  In the first quarter of 2013, restructuring and related charges recorded in our Motorola Mobile business were $66 million, and the related tax benefits were $23 million. In addition, net income from discontinued operations, in the first quarter of 2013, was $22 million.

Q1 Financial Highlights

Revenues and other information - On a consolidated basis, Google Inc. revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 were $13.97 billion, an increase of 31% compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Google Revenues (advertising and other) - Google revenues were $12.95 billion, or 93% of consolidated revenues, in the first quarter of 2013, representing a 22% increase over first quarter 2012 revenues of $10.65 billion.

  • Google Sites Revenues – Google-owned sites generated revenues of $8.64 billion, or 67% of total Google revenues, in the first quarter of 2013. This represents an 18% increase over first quarter 2012 Google sites revenues of $7.31 billion.
  • Google Network Revenues – Google’s partner sites generated revenues of $3.26 billion, or 25% of total Google revenues, in the first quarter of 2013. This represents a 12% increase from first quarter 2012 Google network revenues of $2.91 billion.
  • Other Revenues – Other revenues from Google were $1.05 billion, or 8% of total Google revenues, in the first quarter of 2013.  This represents a 150% increase over first quarter 2012 other revenues of $420 million.

Google International Revenues – Google revenues from outside of the United States totaled $7.1 billion, representing 55% of total Google revenues in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 54% in the fourth quarter of 2012 and in the first quarter of 2012.

Foreign Exchange Impact on Google Revenues – Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the fourth quarter of 2012 through the first quarter of 2013, our Google revenues in the first quarter of 2013 would have been $11 million higher. Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the first quarter of 2012 through the first quarter of 2013, our Google revenues in the first quarter of 2013 would have been $110 million higher.

  • Google revenues from the United Kingdom totaled $1.39 billion, representing 11% of Google revenues in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 11% in the first quarter of 2012.
  • In the first quarter of 2013, we recognized a benefit of $35 million to Google revenues through our foreign exchange risk management program, compared to $37 million in the first quarter of 2012.

Reconciliations of our non-GAAP international revenues excluding the impact of foreign exchange and hedging to GAAP international revenues are included at the end of this release.

Paid Clicks – Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 20% over the first quarter of 2012 and increased approximately 3% over the fourth quarter of 2012.

Cost-Per-Click – Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 4% over the first quarter of 2012 and decreased approximately 4% over the fourth quarter of 2012.

TAC – Traffic acquisition costs, the portion of revenues shared with Google’s partners, increased to $2.96 billion in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $2.51 billion in the first quarter of 2012. TAC as a percentage of advertising revenues was 25% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 25% in the first quarter of 2012.

The majority of TAC is related to amounts ultimately paid to our Network members, which totaled $2.28 billion in the first quarter of 2013. TAC also includes amounts ultimately paid to certain distribution partners and others who direct traffic to our website, which totaled $680 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Motorola Mobile Revenues (hardware and other) – Motorola Mobile revenues were $1.02 billion, or 7% of consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2013.

Other Cost of Revenues – Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of manufacturing and inventory-related costs, data center operational expenses, amortization of intangible assets, and content acquisition costs, increased to $2.98 billion, or 21% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $1.28 billion, or 12% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012.

Operating Expenses – Operating expenses, other than cost of revenues, were $4.55 billion in the first quarter of 2013, or 33% of revenues, compared to $3.47 billion in the first quarter of 2012, or 33% of revenues.

Amortization Expenses – Amortization expenses of acquisition-related intangible assets were $315 million for the first quarter of 2013.  Of the $315 million, $153 million was as a result of the acquisition of Motorola, of which $116 million was allocated to Google and $37 million was allocated to Motorola Mobile.

Stock-Based Compensation (SBC) – In the first quarter of 2013, the total charge related to SBC was $697 million, compared to $556 million in the first quarter of 2012. We currently estimate SBC charges for grants to employees prior to March 31, 2013 to be approximately $2.7 billion for 2013. This estimate does not include expenses to be recognized related to employee stock awards that are granted after March 31, 2013 or non-employee stock awards that have been or may be granted.

Operating Income – On a consolidated basis, GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.48 billion, or 25% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $3.39 billion, or 32% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.22 billion, or 30% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $3.94 billion, or 37% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012.

  • Google Operating Income – GAAP operating income for Google was $3.75 billion, or 29% of Google revenues, in the first quarter of 2013. This compares to GAAP operating income of  $3.39 billion, or 32% of Google revenues, in the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.40 billion, or 34% of Google revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $3.94 billion in the first quarter of 2012, or 37% of Google revenues.
  • Motorola Mobile Operating Loss – GAAP operating loss for Motorola Mobile was $271 million, or -27% of Motorola Mobile revenues in the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP operating loss for Motorola Mobile in the first quarter of 2013 was $179 million, or -18% of Motorola Mobile revenues.

Interest and Other Income, Net – Interest and other income, net, was $134 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $156 million in the first quarter of 2012.

Income Taxes – Our effective tax rate was 8% for the first quarter of 2013.

Net Income – GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.35 billion, compared to $2.89 billion in the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP net income was $3.90 billion in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $3.33 billion in the first quarter of 2012. GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2013 was $9.94 on 337 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $8.75 in the first quarter of 2012 on 330 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2013 was $11.58, compared to $10.08 in the first quarter of 2012.

Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures – Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2013 totaled $3.63 billion, compared to $3.69 billion in the first quarter of 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, capital expenditures were $1.2 billion, the majority of which was for production equipment, data center construction and facilities-related purchases. Free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. In the first quarter of 2013, free cash flow was $2.43 billion.

We expect to continue to make significant capital expenditures.

A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the GAAP measure of liquidity, is included at the end of this release.

Cash – As of March 31, 2013, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $50.1 billion.

Headcount – On a worldwide basis, we employed 53,891 full-time employees (38,739 in Google and 9,982 in Motorola Mobile and 5,170 in Motorola Home) as of March 31, 2013, compared to 53,861 full-time employees as of December 31, 2012.