REDMOND, Wash. - April 23, 2009 - Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.65 billion for the third quarter ended March 31, 2009, a 6% decline from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $4.44 billion, $2.98 billion and $0.33 per share, which represented an increase of 3% and declines of 32% and 30%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.
The financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2009, included $290 million of severance charges related to the previously announced plan to reduce up to 5,000 positions and $420 million of impairments to investments. Combined, these two charges reduced earnings per share by $0.06.
Revenue in Client, Microsoft Business Division, and Server & Tools was negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and Server markets. Revenue from enterprise customers remained stable during the quarter.
"With our continued R&D investment and our broad suite of products and services, we remain in a great position to compete and gain share in the marketplace," said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. During the quarter, Microsoft released the beta version of the Windows 7 operating system, which remains on track for a fiscal year 2010 launch. Development milestones were achieved on other products including Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Mobile.
"While market conditions remained weak during the quarter, I was pleased with the organization’s ability to offset revenue pressures with the swift implementation of cost-savings initiatives," said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "We expect the weakness to continue through at least the next quarter."
Microsoft offers updated operating expense guidance of $26.7 billion to $26.9 billion, including severance charges, for the full year ending June 30, 2009.
Management will discuss third quarter results and the company’s business outlook on a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) today.
Chris Liddell, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Frank Brod, corporate vice president and chief accounting officer, and Bill Koefoed, general manager of Investor Relations, will host a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) today to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/msft. The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on April 23, 2010.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Statements in this release that are "forward-looking statements" are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as:
challenges to Microsoft’s business model;
intense competition in all of Microsoft’s markets;
Microsoft’s continued ability to protect its intellectual property rights;
claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
the possibility of unauthorized disclosure of significant portions of Microsoft’s source code;
actual or perceived security vulnerabilities in Microsoft products that could reduce revenue or lead to liability;
government litigation and regulation affecting how Microsoft designs and markets its products;
Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain talented employees;
delays in product development and related product release schedules;
significant business investments that may not gain customer acceptance and produce offsetting increases in revenue;
unfavorable changes in general economic conditions, disruption of our partner networks or sales channels, or the availability of credit that affect the value of our investment portfolio or demand for Microsoft’s products and services;
adverse results in legal disputes;
unanticipated tax liabilities;
quality or supply problems in Microsoft’s consumer hardware or other vertically integrated hardware and software products;
impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a charge to earnings;
exposure to increased economic and regulatory uncertainties from operating a global business;
geopolitical conditions, natural disaster, cyberattack or other catastrophic events disrupting Microsoft’s business;
acquisitions and joint ventures that adversely affect the business;
improper disclosure of personal data could result in liability and harm to Microsoft’s reputation; and
outages and disruptions of online services if Microsoft fails to maintain an adequate operations infrastructure.
For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft’s business, please refer to the "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of Microsoft’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft’s Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft’s Investor Relations Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/msft.
All information in this release is as of April 23, 2009. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.