Earnings, Earnings, And More Earnings

Tis the season for earnings and there’s a lot to choose from. Let’s start with today’s big news. Facebook had it’s first report since their rather craptastic IPO. The results were less than stunning:

Facebook posted a net loss of $157-million, or 8 cents a share in the second quarter, due to hefty stock compensation charges related to its IPO, compared to net income of $240-million, or 11 cents, in the year-ago quarter.

Excluding the charges, Facebook said it earned 12 cents a share.

In its first report to Wall Street since the IPO, the world’s No.1 social networking company said that revenue in the three months ended June 30 was $1.18-billion, compared to $895-million in the year-ago quarter.

This was enough to send the stock sharply downwards in after hours trading. Not good if you’ve invested in the social networking giant.

Next was Apple earlier this week. The good news is that they beat their guidance and made an obscene amount of money:

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $35.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $28.6 billion and net profit of $7.3 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 42.8 percent compared to 41.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Here’s the bad news. The street expected more:

But analysts had expected profits of $9.8 billion, or $10.38 a share, on $37.35 billion in revenues.

After the announcement, Apple’s shares were trading down more than $29 at under $572.

It’s a weird world when you make money and still get punished for it.

Finally, there’s Symantec. First they announced their earnings:

GAAP operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 was 16.1 percent compared with 18.3 percent for the same quarter last year. GAAP net income for the fiscal first quarter was $172 million compared with net income of $191 million for the year-ago period. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.24 compared with $0.25 for the year ago quarter. Variation in year-over-year GAAP results were as expected due to increases in restructuring costs and IT infrastructure investments.

GAAP deferred revenue as of June 29, 2012, was $3.745 billion compared with $3.689 billion as of July 1, 2011, up 2 percent year-over-year and up 5 percent after adjusting for currency. Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 was $340 million compared with $503 million for the year ago period.

Those are solid numbers. But the news doesn’t end there:

Symantec today announced that Enrique Salem, president and chief executive officer (CEO), has stepped down effective immediately and Symantec’s board of directors has appointed Steve Bennett president and chief executive officer, in addition to his continued role as chairman of the board.

Unlike the first two tech companies, this news didn’t affect the stock. That’s great for them.

Expect more releases to come next week.

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