First it was Intel then IBM , and now Google . Pretty soon, the message might get out that tech isn't nearly as bad as people thought. No two ways about it: the Google earnings report is extraordinary.
Google reported $4.84 in earnings per share when the Street consensus was down at $4.52. An unusually, uncharacteristically, the whisper number, courtesy of whispernumber.com was actually 4 cents below consensus. When was the last time you saw that with a company like Google?
That bottom-line beat came from a top line that also exceeded expectations, with Google reporting $3.7 billion, after backing out traffic acquisition costs (TAC), which beat Street consensus by $90 million.
The company also is reporting that 51 percent of its revenue is now coming from overseas customers, a big increase from the 40 percent the company reported last quarter, and good news for investors worried that an economic slowdown in this country would hurt Google's business. The thinking is that the more this company can generate from international customers, the more insulated it becomes from an economic weakness in this country.
Further, the hiring line at Google seems well under control. The company says it added 1,500 new workers from the DoubleClick acquisition, and another 851 employees that the company hired itself. While that number might seem high, it's well below the average number of quarterly hires Google has done for the past several quarters. That's a strong indication that Google is keeping a close handle on expenses, and exactly the kind of thing worried investors want to see.