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sales plummeted 25% in 2012, even as its measured media spending jumped 14% to $504 million.
The beleaguered retailer spent more on advertising than it has in any of the last five years and made major changes to its media mix, under the direction of CEO Ron Johnson. TV advertising climbed, particularly network TV spending, while radio and internet display investments dropped. And despiteMr. Johnson’s declaration late last summer that the retailer would invest heavily in newspapers, spending in that category was down slightly.
JC Penney reported that its fourth-quarter net loss widened to $552 million. The retailer posted an annual net loss of $985 million.
Sales in the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday-shopping period, slid 28% to $3.88 billion. For the year, sales fell 25% to $12.98 billion. That marks the lowest annual revenue the retailer has reported since at least 1987.
“It’s the worst performance that I’ve ever encountered in decades of covering retail — there’s nothing really to compare it against,” said Bernie Sosnick, an analyst at Gilford Securities.
Facebook’s earnings are out. The company beat Wall Street’s profit and revenue expectations.
Logitech’s PR machine is on the loose this morning, trying to dampen expectations before the company announces its quarterly financial results later in the day. The key message is that we shouldn’t expect any great shakes from the video conferencing side of the business. In fact, there’ll be a $211 million charge against earnings, which is big enough to wipe out the previous quarter’s income four times over, and which stems entirely from this source of pain:
“The enterprise video conferencing industry has experienced a slowdown in recent quarters and consequently, through this period, the video conferencing unit has not sustained the growth Logitech originally anticipated.”
That’s a blanket statement, describing a whole section of the industry and not just pinning the blame on LifeSize, the video conferencing company that Logitech picked up in 2009 for $405 million. It so happens that Polycom and Cisco have also reported ongoing slides in video conferencing sales, so Logitech’s explanation is entirely justified — not that it makes the LifeSize acquisition look any smarter.
For the three month period ending December 31st, 2012 the company pulled in $14.42 billion in revenue — a staggering 36 percent increase year-over-year. That doesn’t even include revenue generated by Motorola’s recently spun off Home division, which would have pushed the total to $15.24 billion. 2012 also marked the first year that the company broke the $50 billion barrier for total revenues. Of course, bringing in all that money means nothing if you can’t actually turn a profit. Good news for investors is that Google saw a net income of $2.89 billion this quarter, up from $2.71 billion the same time last year and $2.74 billion last quarter. Not surprisingly, a large chunk of that cash is coming from Google’s own properties and advertising — with Google-owned sites accounting for 67 percent of revenues and ads pulling in $12 billion on their own.
Obviously, a vast majority of Big G’s income is coming from the US, $5.99 billion in this quarter, but international markets are still hugely important for the company. 53 percent of its revenues came from overseas ventures, including $1.3 billion from the UK alone.
The reason Facebook tanked after its IPO is that revenue growth decelerated for the past several quarters.
That’s not good for a story with Facebook’s revenue and profit multiples. It needs to be growing very fast.
So it was very good news for Facebook today, when it reported earnings that showed the company has finally stabilized revenue growth – 32% last quarter and 32% this quarter. You can see this in the chart below.
What this chart doesn’t show is the even better news that Facebook has actually re-accelerated its advertising revenues – up to 32% y/y this quarter from 28% y/y last quarter.
If you take a step back and just look at how the iPhone had sold in the past, last quarter wasn’t that bad. It actually, seems to have locked back into the long term growth trend.
Apple had two gigantic iPhone quarters after it altered its release schedule. That got everyone too excited, perhaps, about the size and growth rate of the iPhone business.
Red Hat announced $1.13 billion in annual revenue, up 25 percent from a year ago.
This officially marks the first time a company that makes 100% of its living from open source products topped the billion-dollar mark.
For the quarter ending February 29, Red Hat posted revenue of $297 million, up 21% year-over-year, and GAAP EPS of 18 cents, up 6%. Its quarterly non-GAAP EPS was 29 cents, up 12% from last year.
Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 27 cents per share on revenue of $291.2 million.
Shares are up over 7% to about $55 in after hours trading.
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