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Expectations For Amazon's Q2 Earnings From Goldman Sachs

July 21, 2016 10:09 am
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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is scheduled to report its 2Q results on July 28.

Goldman Sachs’ Heath P. Terry maintains a Buy rating on the company, while raising the price target from $750 to $900.

Expectations For 2Q

Terry expects the company to report its revenue for 2Q at $29.4 billion, largely in line with the consensus, driven by Amazon’s continued investment in infrastructure and innovation to bring down delivery times and increase order frequency.

The analyst also expects operating income of $1.74 billion, suggesting margins of 5.9 percent or 129 bps year-on-year growth, as compared to the 259 bps increase in 1Q.

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For AWS, Terry believes the company will report 58 percent year-on-year growth in revenue for 2Q as compared to the 64 percent reported for 1Q, “as new capacity comes online offsetting modest price cuts at the beginning of 1Q.”

“While we estimate 2Q AWS revenue growth will decelerate 6pp as a result of the tougher comp, we believe the rapid pace of migration of workloads to the cloud and Amazon’s investments in capacity in 2016 could accelerate growth in 2H16,” Terry stated.


For e-commerce, North American revenue growth is expected at 28 percent, with reported international growth of 17 percent.

According to the Goldman Sachs report, “ComScore reported accelerating desktop ecommerce growth in 2Q suggesting potential upside to estimates.”

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