Microsoft Financial Results: Q1 FY23

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Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s financial results for the first quarter of FY23.

  • Overall revenue was $50.1 billion, an increase of 11%.
  • Operating income was $21.5 billion, up 6%…
  • but Net income was down 14% to $17.6 billion
  • Operating expenses were up 15% to $13.2 billion.

Looking at the individual divisions we see:

Productivity & Business Processes

Overall revenue up 9% to $16.5 billion and within that:

  • Office 365 Commercial revenue up 11%
  • LinkedIn revenue up 17%
  • Dynamics 365 revenue up 24%

Intelligent Cloud

Overall revenue was up 20% to $20.3 billion and within that:

  • Azure growth of 35%

Still a good increase but noticeably slowing down from previous quarters. Microsoft note that cloud margins are down primarily due to increased energy bills.

More Personal Computing

Overall revenue decreased slightly to $13.3 billion and within that:

  • Windows OEM revenue decreased 15%
  • Devices revenue increased 2%

Earnings Call

  • Satya Nadella was quick to point out the hybrid/multi-vendor approaches possible with Azure – talking about SAP & Oracle in the first couple of paragraphs.
  • PowerApps has almost 15 million monthly active users (MAU), a 50% year on year increase, and Power Automate has reached 7 million MAU.
  • Nadella also talked about Teams and how chat has overtaken email as where the average user spends their time. He also said:

“Teams is becoming a ubiquitous platform for business process.”

and shared that the number of enterprise users running 3rd party/custom apps has increased 60% year over year.

  • Microsoft Viva already has 20 million MAU – just the start of things for this line-up I’m sure.
  • Amy Hood spoke about strong E5 momentum being driven by security, compliance, and voice products and an increase in Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) too.
  • Nadella also stated:

we are going to optimize for long-term customer loyalty by proactively helping them optimize [Azure] spend

This follows on from what he said last quarter (and also matches what AWS recently said) that helping customers waste less will ultimately help them spend more.

Further Reading

See all the info, slides, and transcripts here.

Microsoft FY20 Financial Results

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Microsoft had, as expected, a great Q4 with revenue up 13% to $38 billion, which closed out an equally good fiscal year. Overall revenue of $143 billion, and operating income of $44.3 billion, was driven by revenue increases in all Microsoft’s key areas:

  • Office 365 was up 19%
  • Dynamics 365 was up 38%
  • LinkedIn increased by 10%
  • Azure was up 47%

Although the Azure growth was lower than previous quarters, it still seems healthy enough for now.

Microsoft called out some interesting points during their earnings call, some of which give a good indication of future direction including:

Slowdown in transactional licensing and flat on-premises server revenue: While this may be down, at least in part, to the impact of COVID-19 – it is also where Microsoft are heading. This is also shown by the fact that Office Commercial (on-premises Office) was down 34% -which Microsoft attributed to a combination of COVID-19 and the move to annuity licensing.

As long as those transactional licenses and on-premises server software are being replaced by CSP, Microsoft 365, and Azure – Redmond will be happy. I’ll be keen to see if this numbers start to rise again as the economic situation stabilises.

Bigger, longer Azure contracts: They stated “material growth” in Azure contracts over $10 million which is good news for Microsoft. For everyone in this new subscription based world, locking customers in to longer term deals is a key aim as it makes it easier for the vendor to forecast and budget.

Increased ARPU for Office 365: Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) is a key metric for many of today’s organisations and an increase means Microsoft are making more money per user. This could be as they upgrade to higher level plans (E3 to E5 for example) or purchase add-ons to their existing licenses. The Office 365 seat count increased and the ARPU increased, which are both positive for Microsoft.

All in all, a very positive performance from Microsoft that clearly shows their focus on cloud continues to pay off. Looking ahead to this financial year, FY 21, I think we’ll see more focus on E5 – particularly for security and voice workloads, Power Platform continuing to appear in new places, and increased pressure on those organisations looking to remain on-premises.

See the Microsoft press release and figures here.

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