Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Results
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
- Operating cash flow decreased 1% to $54.7 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $55.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2020.
- Free cash flow decreased to $2.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $29.5 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2020.
- Free cash flow less principal repayments of finance leases and financing obligations decreased to an outflow of $8.8 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an inflow of $18.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2020.
- Free cash flow less equipment finance leases and principal repayments of all other finance leases and financing obligations decreased to an outflow of $3.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an inflow of $17.9 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2020.
- Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 523 million on September 30, 2021, compared with 518 million one year ago.
- Net sales increased 15% to $110.8 billion in the third quarter, compared with $96.1 billion in third quarter 2020. Excluding the $0.5 billion favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 15% compared with third quarter 2020.
- Operating income decreased to $4.9 billion in the third quarter, compared with $6.2 billion in third quarter 2020.
- Net income decreased to $3.2 billion in the third quarter, or $6.12 per diluted share, compared with $6.3 billion, or $12.37 per diluted share, in third quarter 2020.
“We’ve always said that when confronted with the choice between optimizing for short-term profits versus what’s best for customers over the long term, we will choose the latter—and you can see that during every phase of this pandemic,” said Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO. “In the first several months of COVID-19, Amazonians played an essential role to help people secure the requisite PPE, food, and other in-demand items needed, and we worked closely with businesses and governments to leverage AWS to maintain business continuity as they responded to the pandemic. Customers have appreciated this commitment, which is part of what’s driving this past quarter’s AWS growth acceleration to 39% year over year; but, it’s also driven extraordinary investments across our businesses to satisfy customer needs—just one example is that we’ve nearly doubled the size of our fulfillment network since the pandemic began. In the fourth quarter, we expect to incur several billion dollars of additional costs in our Consumer business as we manage through labor supply shortages, increased wage costs, global supply chain issues, and increased freight and shipping costs—all while doing whatever it takes to minimize the impact on customers and selling partners this holiday season. It’ll be expensive for us in the short term, but it’s the right prioritization for our customers and partners.”
Innovating for Our Retail Customers
- Amazon kicked off the holidays early this year, announcing Black Friday-worthy deals on October 4, including thousands of deals from independent sellers and handmade artisans and Amazon’s biggest ever selection of gift guides. Amazon launched new features like the Holiday Gift List to let customers easily create and share one list of gift ideas for everyone in their household, conveniently organized by recipients. The company also unveiled its new Holiday Prep Shop, which expertly curates top products across various categories to help customers prepare for seasonal celebrations.
- Amazon expanded its faster Same-Day Delivery service to Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, and Tampa—bringing the total number of cities with the service, which launched in 2020, to 15. The expansion has led to hundreds of new Amazon jobs in these cities offering competitive hourly wages and a flexible work schedule. Prime members can shop up to 3 million items across a dozen categories, such as baby, beauty and health, and electronics, and receive their order in as fast as five hours.
- Amazon launched a new gift-giving feature that enables Prime members in the U.S. to use the Amazon mobile shopping app to send gifts with just the recipient’s email or mobile phone number. Recipients receive a gift message—by email or text—that allows them to accept the gift. They are then prompted to enter their preferred delivery address from their Amazon account to receive the gift.
- Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sales event, which started on October 3, features more than 75,000 small businesses selling on Amazon from 450 cities across India, and provides customers access to a unique selection of products. The event also includes more than 1,000 new product launches from top brands like Apple, Maybelline, and Samsung. Plus, Prime members enjoy early access to deals, such as Prime Fridays, where members can receive exclusive product offers and perks, including exclusive entertainment launches on Amazon Prime and free delivery from top restaurants through Amazon Food.
- In the U.S., Personal Shopper by Prime Try Before You Buy is now more convenient with a newly launched “automatic deliveries” feature, which lets customers receive personalized stylist picks directly at their door monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly and only pay for what they keep. Prime Try Before You Buy also expanded to France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. This Amazon Fashion service allows customers to have their favorite fashion items delivered free of charge, so they can try on their items in the comfort of their own homes, pay for what they keep, and then return the rest for free.
- Amazon launched Amazon.eg in Egypt. The new store, formerly known as Souq.com, features millions of items from local and international brands across a range of categories, including apparel, electronics, grocery, home, and kitchen, as well as Amazon products and devices like Kindle e-readers.
- Prime continued to expand and provide even more value to members around the world. The program is now available to customers in Sweden and Poland, offering free and fast delivery on millions of items. In the UK and Ireland, Prime members can now receive a free Deliveroo Plus membership for a year, giving them unlimited free delivery on orders over £25. In the U.S., Prime Student introduced new exclusive offers from Calm, Course Hero, Grubhub, and StudentUniverse offering exclusive discounts to college students. In Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Prime and Anghami, the Middle East and North Africa’s leading music streaming service, announced that Prime members can enjoy an exclusive six-month free offer on Anghami Plus, Anghami’s premium paid tier.
- Amazon One, which lets customers use their palm to enter, identify, and pay at stores and other venues, was introduced for the first time at third-party locations. AXS, a leading digital ticketing company, integrated Amazon One into their contactless ticketing pedestals at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver. The technology was also introduced in four venues at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Amazon One is now available at more than 70 Amazon physical retail stores and Whole Foods Market stores, and third-party locations.
- For the first time, Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology is being integrated into two new Whole Foods Market locations in Sherman Oaks, California and Washington, D.C. that are expected to open next year. In addition, three new third-party venues have been enabled with Just Walk Out technology: the Javits Center store in New York City, marking the first time Amazon’s checkout-free technology is being used in a convention center; the Forum store in Los Angeles, marking the first time a West Coast-based arena has enabled a store with Just Walk Out technology; and the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, marking the first time Just Walk Out technology and Amazon One have been used together in a third-party location.
- Amazon is now the first and only marketplace to protect customers in third-party product liability cases. The company expanded its A-to-z Guarantee to protect customers in the rare case that a defective third-party product causes property damage or personal injury. Amazon works with sellers and their insurance companies to address claims up to $1 million.
- Amazon Games launched New World, a multiplayer online PC game. New World became the highest-played new game this year on Steam, a widely used distribution platform where players find, buy, and play games on PC. On Twitch, New World became the most-watched game during its launch week by hours watched, and the 12th highest-watched game ever by peak concurrent viewers.
- Prime Video released the Amazon Original movie Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, which was the No. 1 streamed movie across all films on streaming platforms during its opening weekend and the No. 1 streamed musical of the year.
- Prime Video announced that The Lord of the Rings series will premiere September 2, 2022 on the streaming service, and an untitled spinoff will be produced for the popular series The Boys. In the fourth quarter, Amazon Original Movies The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck and directed by George Clooney, and Being the Ricardos, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Aaron Sorkin, will release in theaters and follow on Prime Video.
- Prime Video debuted 28 local originals internationally, including in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. Prime Video also launched Prime Video Channels for customers in India, giving Prime members the option for add-on subscriptions of popular over-the-top services, and the Prime Video Store in Brazil, giving customers the opportunity to rent or buy new movie releases.
- Prime Video streamed its first-ever Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League soccer matches in Germany and Italy, and the first Ligue 1 soccer matches in France. In the UK, the U.S. Open final featuring 18-year-old rising star Emma Raducanu was the most-streamed tennis match in Prime Video history, following the historic partnership with Channel 4 to share live broadcast rights. Prime Video’s presentation of Thursday Night Football kicked off and introduced player tracking, a new feature driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
- In its first global expansion since launching in the U.S. in 2019, IMDb TV launched in the UK to provide free premium steaming content to customers via Prime Video. The service will soon become available as a standalone app on Fire TV devices.
- Amazon Music launched new original podcasts, including: SmartLess, the celebrity-interview show from hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, that recently landed on Podtrac’s Top 10 most-listened-to shows in the U.S.; Set It Straight, hosted by country music band Midland and featuring guests such as Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, and Matthew McConaughey; Badlands: Sportslands, the cult-classic from host Jake Brennan; 9/12 from prolific writer and podcaster Dan Taberski; and Uncommon Ground, hosted by political commentator, author, and lawyer Van Jones. Wondery, Amazon Music’s premium podcast studio, celebrated the return of the fan-favorite podcast Dr. Death Season 3: Miracle Man, which is now available in eight languages.
- Amazon Music announced expanded access to spatial and high-quality audio for all its Unlimited subscribers worldwide, unlocking the highest-quality streaming audio for even more music fans. Previously available as a separate streaming tier, this level is now available to all subscribers automatically and without an upgrade.
Amazon Devices and Services
- Amazon introduced the Echo Show 15 with a 15.6-inch, 1080p HD display. It can be mounted to a wall or placed on the counter and is designed to help customers stay organized, connected, and entertained. The Echo Show 15 features a redesigned home screen, new personalization options with visual ID, and all-new Alexa experiences like a household calendar and sticky notes.
- Amazon introduced an all-new lineup of Fire TV devices with its first-ever Amazon-built smart TVs—the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series and 4-Series smart TVs—and the all-new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. The Omni Series offers hands-free Alexa voice control, and both lineups feature 4K UHD resolution. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is 40% more powerful than the Fire TV Stick 4K and has a new quad-core 1.8GHz processer, 2GB of RAM, and Wi-Fi 6 support for faster app starts and smoother streaming.
- Amazon announced Astro, a new home robot that brings together advancements in AI, computer vision, sensor technology, and voice and edge computing to help customers monitor their home, look out for loved ones, and bring Alexa with them around the house.
- Amazon introduced Amazon Glow, an interactive device that combines immersive projection, sensing, and video technologies to make users feel like they are in the same room. Designed with children and grandparents in mind, the device allows kids to see loved ones on an 8-inch display while, at the same time, reading stories, playing games, or creating art on a 19-inch touch-sensitive projected space below. Glow comes with one year of Amazon Kids+, bringing hundreds of hours of fun designed specifically for Glow.
- Amazon announced Alexa Together, a new subscription service designed to help aging family members feel more comfortable and confident when living independently. Alexa Together includes 24/7 hands-free access to an Urgent Response emergency helpline, compatibility with third-party fall detection devices, and an optional Remote Assist feature so caregivers can help without having to be there in person.
- Amazon announced three new expansions to the Halo family: Halo View, a health tracker with a color display for at-a-glance access to Halo health metrics; Halo Fitness, a service that gives members hundreds of studio-quality workout classes integrated with access to real-time individual health metrics as an on-display overlay; and Halo Nutrition, a membership experience to help build healthy eating habits.
- Amazon and Disney announced ‘Hey, Disney!’, an entirely new kind of voice assistant that will work on supported Echo devices at home and across Disney Resort hotel rooms at Walt Disney World. By saying ‘Hey, Disney!’, users get access to interactive Disney storytelling experiences and entertainment, as well as jokes, fun facts, and special surprises featuring characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars. It will even make everyday tasks more magical, such as setting timers and alarms, and checking the weather or time of day. ‘Hey, Disney!’ is expected to be available for purchase in the U.S. in 2022 in the Alexa Skills Store for use on all supported Echo devices, and will be available complimentary for Disney Resort guests at Walt Disney World.
- Ring and Blink introduced new home security devices and services with the Ring Alarm Pro, Virtual Security Guard, and Blink Video Doorbell. Ring Alarm Pro is a first-of-its-kind home security system that combines protection against break-ins, floods, fires, and network threats with a built-in eero Wi-Fi 6 router for connectivity. Virtual Security Guard is a new subscription service where third-party professional monitoring companies will visually monitor outdoor Ring cameras. The Blink Video Doorbell can be installed wired or wire-free and has a long-lasting battery life, 1080p HD day-and-night video, two-way audio, chime alerts via the Blink app when the doorbell rings, and the ability to connect the doorbell to your existing chime.
- Amazon announced the next generation of Kindle Paperwhite with three new models. The new Kindle Paperwhite comes with a larger display, adjustable warm light, USB-C charging, and increased battery life. The new Signature Edition adds an auto-adjusting light sensor, 32GB of storage, and is the first-ever Kindle to offer wireless charging. The new Kindle Paperwhite Kids comes with one year of Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly case, and a two-year worry-free guarantee.
- Amazon introduced its AZ2 Neural Edge processor, a machine learning inference engine capable of processing speech recognition on-device, while processing computer vision workloads in parallel. Featured in the Echo Show 15, AZ2 enables the device to recognize a person enrolled in visual ID and then process their voice right on the device.
Amazon Web Services
AWS announced significant customer momentum, with new commitments and migrations from customers across major industries.
- Manufacturing: NXP, a leading European designer and manufacturer of specialized semiconductors, selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider. NXP is migrating the vast majority of its electronic design automation workloads from NXP data centers to AWS. Leaders across the automotive industry, including Capgemini Engineering, CARIAD, and Continental, joined AWS in a special interest group supporting Arm’s Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge to bring cloud-native practices and software-defined architectures to the automotive industry.
- Hospitality and ecommerce: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the world’s largest hotel franchising company, selected AWS to upgrade its technology infrastructure and develop and deliver new guest services across its 21 hotel brands—including Ramada, Travelodge, and Wyndham. VTEX, a global ecommerce solution provider, is working with AWS to create a new direct-to-consumer solution that gives large enterprises the ability to quickly and easily launch ecommerce sites and experiences to sell directly to consumers.
- Telecom: Boingo Wireless, a leading distributed antenna system, Wi-Fi, and private network provider, announced an expanded collaboration with AWS to enable airports, stadiums, and large businesses to unlock new 5G use cases with advanced multi-access edge computing.
- Financial services: Sun Life, an international financial services and insurance company, selected AWS as its long-term strategic cloud technology provider. Black Knight, a software, data, and analytics provider to the mortgage, real estate, and capital markets verticals, selected AWS to develop mortgage-specific AI applications.
- Healthcare and life sciences: Baxter International Inc., a global medical products company, is moving from its own data centers into AWS and has already seen benefits, including increased speed to market for new tools and solutions, the ability to quickly expand technology solutions to new geographies, and significant cost savings.
- Security operations: Arctic Wolf Networks selected AWS as its primary cloud provider to power its innovative, cloud-native security operations platform as it expands globally. Using AWS, Arctic Wolf is able to process more than 1.4 trillion unique security events a week to help its customers manage rapidly evolving digital threats.
- AWS announced plans to open an infrastructure Region in New Zealand in 2024 that will consist of three Availability Zones, giving customers more choice and flexibility to leverage advanced technologies. A newly released AWS economic impact study estimates that the new infrastructure Region will create 1,000 new jobs in New Zealand over the next 15 years through the investment of $5.3 billion (NZ$7.5 billion). Globally, AWS has 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic Regions, with plans to launch 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions.
- AWS announced three new capabilities for Amazon Connect, an easy-to-use, highly scalable, and cost-effective omnichannel cloud contact center solution that improves contact center agent productivity and provides superior service by making customer interactions more effective, personal, and natural. The new features give agents the right information at the right time to provide fast and secure caller authentication, the ability to answer customer questions more quickly, and the ability to make the overall process easier and more efficient. Tens of thousands of AWS customers are supporting more than 10 million contact center interactions a day on Amazon Connect.
- AWS announced the general availability of Amazon MemoryDB for Redis, a fully managed, Redis-compatible, in-memory database that enables customers to achieve ultra-fast performance with high availability and durability for their most business-critical applications that require sub-millisecond response times. With Amazon MemoryDB for Redis, customers can use the same familiar and flexible Redis data structures and application programming interface (API) they use today without having to separately manage a cache and a durable database, or the required underlying infrastructure.
- AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Managed Grafana, a fully managed data visualization service that enables customers to instantly query, correlate, and visualize operational metrics, logs, and traces, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) data. Developed in collaboration with Grafana Labs, Amazon Managed Grafana manages the provisioning, setup, scaling, and maintenance of Grafana so customers can easily create dashboards to view operational data from multiple data sources without having to worry about the underlying Grafana infrastructure.
- AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus, a scalable, secure, and highly available service that makes it easier for customers to monitor containerized applications. Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus is fully compatible with open-source Prometheus and provides the same familiar time series data model and Prometheus Query Language customers use today to monitor containerized applications.
- AWS announced the general availability of Amazon QuickSight Q, a new capability in Amazon QuickSight that gives anyone access to powerful analytics with the ability to ask business questions using natural language and receive accurate answers with relevant visualizations. Amazon QuickSight Q does not depend on prebuilt dashboards or reports to deliver visualizations, which removes the need for business intelligence analysts to update a dashboard every time a new business question arises. This allows anyone to ask questions and receive visual answers in seconds.
- AWS announced the general availability of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, a new storage service that provides the first complete, fully managed NetApp ONTAP file system in the cloud, making it easy for customers to run their applications on AWS without changing their code or how they manage data.
- AWS announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) DL1 instances, a new instance type designed for training machine learning models. DL1 instances provide up to 40% better price per performance for training machine learning models than the latest GPU-powered Amazon EC2 instances.
- AWS announced the general availability of the AWS Panorama Appliance, a new device that customers can install to run machine learning applications on multiple video streams from existing on-premises cameras. The AWS Panorama Appliance enables customers to use machine learning to quickly and easily perform visual inspections of production lines, monitor drive-through queues at quick-service restaurants, or assess the layout of their physical locations for ideal product placement.
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