Google Gags on Q4 Estimates: Fool by Numbers

On Jan. 31, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) released Q4 and full fiscal 2005 earnings for the period ending Dec. 31, 2005.

  • Google reported revenues of $1.92 billion for the fourth quarter, an 86% increase over the same quarter last year.
  • Investors ran for the hills today, sending the stock lower by more than 8% as of this writing. The concern? Google's $1.54 in per-share earnings (after excluding stock-based compensation expense) fell well short of the Street's expectations of $1.76 per stub. But, of course, this is silly: Google doesn't give guidance.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Avg. Est.

Q4 2005

Q4 2004

% Change

Sales

$1,290,000

$1,919,093

$1,031,501

+86%

Net Profit

--

$372,208

$204,100

+82.4%

EPS

$1.76

$1.22

$0.71

+71.8%



Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q4 2005

Q4 2004

Change

Gross Margin

59.60%

56.01%

+3.59%

Op. Margin

29.68%

29.36%

+0.33%

Net Margin

19.39%

19.79%

-0.39%



Margins are the earnings engine. See how they work.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

FY 2005

FY 2004

% Change

Cash+ ST Invest.

$8,034,227

$2,132,297

+276.8%

Inventory

$-

$-

N/A

Accounts Rec.

$687,976

$311,836

+120.6%



Liabilities

Long-Term Debt

$-

$-

N/A

Accounts Pay.

$115,575

$32,672

+253.7%



Cash Flow Highlights

FY 2005

FY 2004

% Change

Cash From Ops

$2,459,422

$977,044

+151.7%

Capital Expend.

$838,217

$318,995

+162.8%

Free Cash Flow

$1,621,205

$658,049

+146.4%



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