Google Parent Alphabet Stock Tumbles After Rare Q1 EPS Miss, Huge Stock Buyback Program

Google Parent Alphabet Stock Tumbles After Rare Q1 EPS Miss, Huge Stock Buyback Program

Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL reported Q1 revenue of $68.01 billion, up 23% year-over-year and 26% in constant currency terms. The consensus was $68 billion.

Google parent clocked $39.62 billion (+24.3% Y/Y) in revenue from the 'Google search and other' segment, $6.87 billion (+14.4% Y/Y) from YouTube ads, $8.17 billion (+20.2% Y/Y) from Google Network, totaling to $54.66 billion from Google advertising. 

The search giant reported $6.81 billion from 'Google other' and $5.8 billion (43.8% Y/Y) from Google Cloud.

Google's traffic acquisition costs grew by 23.5% Y/Y to $1.99 billion. Its employee headcount increased by 20,000 Y/Y to 163,906.

EMEA revenues were $20.32 billion, APAC was $11.84 billion, and the U.S. generated $31.74 billion in revenue.

Sundar Pichai-led company clocked an operating income of $20.09 billion with an operating margin of 30%, which remained flat versus last year. Q1 adjusted EPS of $24.62 missed the consensus of $26.11, a rare miss after seven quarters of consistent beat.

Alphabet's board has authorized a huge stock buyback program of $70.0 billion of its Class A and Class C shares, representing about 4% of its market cap based on the last closing price.

The company ended Q1 with $133.97 billion in cash and equivalents, down from $139.65 billion last in Q4. It generated an operating cash flow of $25.11 billion, up from $19.30 billion last year. It spent $13.30 billion in Q1 for stock buyback and generated a free cash flow of $15.32 billion.

Price Action: GOOG shares are down 5.11% to $2,268 in the after-hours session on the last check Tuesday.

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