Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 36% to $12.95 Billion

SEATTLE--()--Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Operating cash flow increased 6% to $3.50 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.29 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2009. Free cash flow decreased 14% to $2.52 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.92 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2009.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 465 million on December 31, 2010, compared with 461 million a year ago.

Net sales increased 36% to $12.95 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $9.52 billion in fourth quarter 2009. Excluding the $139 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales would have grown 37% compared with fourth quarter 2009.

Operating income was $474 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $476 million in fourth quarter 2009. The unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on operating income was $18 million.

Net income increased 8% to $416 million in the fourth quarter, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared with net income of $384 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2009.

“Thanks to our customers, we achieved two big milestones,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “We had our first $10 billion quarter, and after selling millions of third-generation Kindles with the new Pearl e-ink display during the quarter, Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com. Last July we announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year, so this milestone has come even sooner than we expected – and it’s on top of continued growth in paperback sales.”

Full Year 2010

Net sales increased 40% to $34.20 billion, compared with $24.51 billion in 2009. The unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year on net sales was $86 million.

Operating income increased 25% to $1.41 billion, compared with $1.13 billion in 2009. The unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year on operating income was $28 million. In 2009, operating income was negatively impacted by a $51 million legal settlement.

Net income increased 28% to $1.15 billion in 2010, or $2.53 per diluted share, compared with net income of $902 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, in 2009.

Highlights

  • Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than paperback books. Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the Company has sold 115 Kindle books. Additionally, during this same time period the Company has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books. This is across Amazon.com’s entire U.S. book business and includes sales of books where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the numbers even higher.
  • The Company sold millions of third-generation Kindle devices with the new advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display in the fourth quarter and the third-generation Kindle eclipsed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as the bestselling product in Amazon’s history.
  • The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 810,000 books including New Releases and 107 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers. Over 670,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 74 New York Times Bestsellers. Millions of free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.
  • Amazon added to its growing list of “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” Kindle apps, launching a Kindle app for Windows Phone 7. In addition, the Kindle for Android app was updated to enable users to buy, read and sync over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines. All Kindle apps let customers “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”—on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. All Kindle apps are free and incorporate Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which allows readers to seamlessly switch between devices. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in the Kindle library on Amazon where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.
  • The Company announced Price Check for iPhone, a new price comparison app that provides shoppers an easy way to compare in-store prices with the low prices from Amazon.com and other online merchants. Shoppers can use the app to scan a barcode, snap a picture, or say or type a product name to instantly see online prices for that item. Over the Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend, mobile shoppers used Price Check to look up prices over a million times. In December, shoppers used the app more than two million times to check prices.
  • North America segment sales, representing the Company’s U.S. and Canadian sites, were $7.21 billion, up 45% from fourth quarter 2009.
  • International segment sales, representing the Company’s U.K., German, Japanese, French, Chinese and Italian sites, were $5.74 billion, up 26% from fourth quarter 2009. Excluding the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, sales grew 29%.
  • Worldwide Media sales grew 12% to $5.23 billion. Excluding the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, sales grew 13%.
  • Worldwide Electronics & Other General Merchandise sales grew 60% to $7.39 billion. Excluding the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, sales grew 62%.
  • The Company launched Amazon.it, an Italian-language website offering customers a vast selection of books, DVDs, video games, music and consumer electronics at everyday low prices. Amazon.it’s convenient services include Amazon Prime, the membership program with unlimited free guaranteed 2-3 day delivery at an annual fee of 9.99 Euros. The first product sold on Amazon.it was a Canon Pixma printer to a new Prime customer in Turino, Italy.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced lowered usage pricing on existing Premium Support offerings by 50% and added two new support plans to meet the needs of developers and enterprises of all sizes and technical ability. In addition to the existing Silver and Gold support plans, AWS now offers a Bronze support plan for $49 per month and a Platinum support plan that provides 15 minute response times and dedicated Technical Account Managers.
  • AWS achieved Level 1 Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, continuing its commitment to providing the security certifications developers and enterprises care about. Merchants and other service providers can now run their applications on AWS PCI-compliant technology infrastructure to store, process and transmit credit card information in the cloud.
  • AWS launched Elastic Beanstalk, an easy way for developers to quickly deploy applications to AWS and manage applications in the AWS cloud. Elastic Beanstalk automatically scales up and down as needed so developers don’t need to worry about configuring their infrastructure requirements in AWS. Unlike existing application containers or “platform as a service” offerings that force developers to accept infrastructure decisions pre-determined by the vendor, Elastic Beanstalk allows developers to “open the hood” to tinker with the AWS resources powering their applications. AWS customers can now choose to have as much automation or as much control as they wish.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect Amazon.com’s expectations as of January 27, 2011. Our results are inherently unpredictable and may be materially affected by many factors, such as fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and consumer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet and online commerce and the various factors detailed below.

First Quarter 2011 Guidance

  • Net sales are expected to be between $9.1 billion and $9.9 billion, or to grow between 28% and 39% compared with first quarter 2010.
  • Operating income is expected to be between $260 million and $385 million, or between 34% decline and 2% decline compared with first quarter 2010.
  • This guidance includes approximately $140 million for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions or investments are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.

A conference call will be webcast live today at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, and will be available for at least three months at www.amazon.com/ir. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results.

These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Actual results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, in addition to the factors discussed above, the amount that Amazon.com invests in new business opportunities and the timing of those investments, the mix of products sold to customers, the mix of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent to which we owe income taxes, competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and expansion, the outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, risks of inventory management, seasonality, the degree to which the Company enters into, maintains and develops commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, and risks of fulfillment throughput and productivity. Other risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks related to new products, services and technologies, system interruptions, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. In addition, the current global economic climate amplifies many of these risks. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

Our investor relations website is www.amazon.com/ir and we encourage investors to use it as a way of easily finding information about us. We promptly make available on this website, free of charge, the reports that we file or furnish with the SEC, corporate governance information (including our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics), and select press releases and social media postings.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle 3G and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, and www.amazon.it. As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

AMAZON.COM, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in millions)
(unaudited)
       
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD $ 1,539

 

$ 2,514 $ 3,444 $ 2,769
 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income 416 384 1,152 902

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:

Depreciation of fixed assets, including internal-use software and website development, and other amortization

170 112 568 378
Stock-based compensation 120 100 424 341
Other operating expense (income), net 29 21 106 103
Losses (gains) on sales of marketable securities, net - (1 ) (2 ) (4 )
Other expense (income), net (17 ) 6 (79 ) (15 )
Deferred income taxes 48 (1 ) 4 81
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation (23 ) (52 ) (259 ) (105 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Inventories (693 ) (340 ) (1,019 ) (531 )
Accounts receivable, net and other (531 ) (509 ) (295 ) (481 )
Accounts payable 3,442 2,231 2,373 1,859
Accrued expenses and other 596 429 740 300
Additions to unearned revenue 186 444 687 1,054
Amortization of previously unearned revenue   (263 )   (214 )   (905 )   (589 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 3,480 2,610 3,495 3,293
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Purchases of fixed assets, including internal-use software and website development

(328 ) (137 ) (979 ) (373 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired, and other (271 ) 1 (352 ) (40 )
Sales and maturities of marketable securities and other investments 1,112 688 4,250 1,966
Purchases of marketable securities and other investments   (1,728 )   (2,160 )   (6,279 )   (3,890 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (1,215 ) (1,608 ) (3,360 ) (2,337 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 23 52 259 105
Proceeds from long-term debt and other 43 25 143 87
Repayments of long-term debt and of capital and financing leases   (100 )   (128 )   (221 )   (472 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (34 ) (51 ) 181 (280 )
 
Foreign-currency effect on cash and cash equivalents   7     (21 )   17     (1 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,238 930 333 675
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 3,777   $ 3,444   $ 3,777   $ 3,444  
 
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid for interest $ 3 $ 2 $ 11 $ 32
Cash paid for income taxes 13 4 75 48
Fixed assets acquired under capital leases 122 50 405 147
Fixed assets acquired under build-to-suit leases 14 55 172 188
AMAZON.COM, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
       
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
 
Net sales $ 12,948 $ 9,519 $ 34,204 $ 24,509
 
Operating expenses (1):
Cost of sales 10,317 7,543 26,561 18,978
Fulfillment 1,090 755 2,898 2,052
Marketing 376 274 1,029

 

680
Technology and content 519 350 1,734 1,240
General and administrative 143 100 470 328
Other operating expense (income), net (2)   29     21     106     102  
Total operating expenses   12,474     9,043     32,798     23,380  
 
Income from operations 474 476 1,406

 

1,129
 
Interest income 14 9 51 37
Interest expense (11 ) (8 ) (39 ) (34 )
Other income (expense), net   29     (6 )   79     29  
Total non-operating income (expense)   32     (5 )   91     32  
 
Income before income taxes 506 471

 

1,497

 

1,161
 
Provision for income taxes (84 ) (85 ) (352 ) (253 )
Equity-method investment activity, net of tax   (6 )   (2 )   7     (6 )
Net income $ 416   $ 384   $ 1,152   $ 902  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.93   $ 0.87  

 

$ 2.58  

 

$ 2.08  
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.91   $ 0.85  

 

$ 2.53  

 

$ 2.04  
 
 
Weighted average shares used in computation of earnings per share:

 

 

Basic   450     440     447     433  
Diluted   458     450     456     442  
__________________________
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:
Fulfillment $ 25 $ 23 $ 90 $ 79
Marketing 7 6 27 20
Technology and content 63 52 223 182
General and administrative 24 19 84 60
 
(2) Q2 2009 was negatively impacted by a $51 million legal settlement.
AMAZON.COM, INC.
Segment Information
(in millions)
(unaudited)
       
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
North America
Net sales $ 7,211 $ 4,956 $ 18,707 $ 12,828
Segment operating expenses (1)   6,916     4,678     17,752     12,119  
Segment operating income $ 295   $ 278   $ 955   $ 709  
 
International
Net sales $ 5,737 $ 4,563 $ 15,497 $ 11,681
Segment operating expenses (1)   5,410     4,244     14,516     10,818  
Segment operating income $ 327   $ 319   $ 981   $ 863  
 
Consolidated
Net sales $ 12,948 $ 9,519 $ 34,204 $ 24,509
Segment operating expenses   12,326     8,922     32,268     22,937  
Segment operating income 622 597 1,936 1,572
Stock-based compensation (119 ) (100 ) (424 ) (341 )
Other operating income (expense), net (2)   (29 )   (21 )   (106 )   (102 )
Income from operations 474 476 1,406 1,129
Total non-operating income (expense) 32 (5 ) 91 32
Provision for income taxes (84 ) (85 ) (352 ) (253 )
Equity-method investment activity, net of tax   (6 )   (2 )   7     (6 )
Net income $ 416   $ 384   $ 1,152   $ 902  
 
Segment Highlights:
Y/Y net sales growth:
North America 45 % 36 % 46 % 25 %
International 26 49 33 31
Consolidated 36 42 40 28
Y/Y segment operating income growth:
North America 6 % 113 % 35 % 60 %
International 3 39 14 33
Consolidated 4 66 23 44
Net sales mix:
North America 56 % 52 % 55 % 52 %
International   44     48     45     48  
  100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
__________________________

(1) A majority of our costs for "Technology and content" are incurred in the United States and most of these costs are allocated to our North America segment.

 
(2) Q2 2009 was negatively impacted by a $51 million legal settlement.
AMAZON.COM, INC.
Supplemental Net Sales Information
(in millions)
(unaudited)
       
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
North America
Media $ 2,370 $ 2,099 $ 6,881 $ 5,964
Electronics and other general merchandise 4,558 2,662 10,998 6,314
Other   283     195     828     550  
Total North America $ 7,211   $ 4,956   $ 18,707   $ 12,828  
 
International
Media $ 2,865 $ 2,580 $ 8,007 $ 6,810
Electronics and other general merchandise 2,834 1,947 7,365 4,768
Other   38     36     125     103  
Total International $ 5,737   $ 4,563   $ 15,497   $ 11,681  
 
Consolidated
Media $ 5,235 $ 4,679 $ 14,888 $ 12,774
Electronics and other general merchandise 7,392 4,609 18,363 11,082
Other   321     231     953     653  
Total Consolidated $ 12,948   $ 9,519   $ 34,204   $ 24,509  
 
Y/Y Net Sales Growth:
North America:
Media 13 % 20 % 15 % 11 %
Electronics and other general merchandise 71 54 74 43
Other 45 33 50 23
Total North America 45 36 46 25
 
International:
Media 11 % 37 % 18 % 19 %
Electronics and other general merchandise 46 68 54 53
Other 6 27 22 9
Total International 26 49 33 31
 
Consolidated:
Media 12 % 29 % 17 % 15 %
Electronics and other general merchandise 60 60 66 47
Other 39 32 46 20
Total Consolidated 36 42 40 28
 
Y/Y Net Sales Growth Excluding Effect of Exchange Rates:
International:
Media 13 % 26 % 18 % 20 %
Electronics and other general merchandise 50 56 57 56
Other 10 18 24 19
Total International 29 37 34 33
 
Consolidated:
Media 13 % 23 % 16 % 16 %
Electronics and other general merchandise 62 54 67 48
Other 40 30 46 22
Total Consolidated 37 37 40 29
 
Consolidated Net Sales Mix:
Media 40 % 49 % 43 % 52 %
Electronics and other general merchandise 57 48 54 45
Other   3     3     3     3  
  100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
AMAZON.COM, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions, except per share data)
   
 
 
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009
ASSETS (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,777 $ 3,444
Marketable securities 4,985 2,922
Inventories 3,202 2,171
Accounts receivable, net and other 1,587 988
Deferred tax assets   196     272  
Total current assets 13,747 9,797
Fixed assets, net 2,414 1,290
Deferred tax assets 22 18
Goodwill 1,349 1,234
Other assets   1,265     1,474  
Total assets $ 18,797   $ 13,813  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 8,051 $ 5,605
Accrued expenses and other   2,321     1,759  
Total current liabilities 10,372 7,364
Long-term liabilities 1,561 1,192
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value:
Authorized shares -- 500
Issued and outstanding shares -- none - -
Common stock, $0.01 par value:
Authorized shares -- 5,000
Issued shares -- 468 and 461
Outstanding shares -- 451 and 444 5 5
Treasury stock, at cost (600 ) (600 )
Additional paid-in capital 6,325 5,736
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (190 ) (56 )
Retained earnings   1,324     172  
Total stockholders' equity   6,864     5,257  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 18,797   $ 13,813  
AMAZON.COM, INC.
Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                         
            Y/Y %
Q4 2009   Q1 2010   Q2 2010   Q3 2010   Q4 2010   Change
Cash Flows and Shares
Operating cash flow -- trailing twelve months (TTM) $ 3,293 $ 2,780 $ 2,561 $ 2,617 $ 3,495 6 %
Purchases of fixed assets (incl. internal-use software & website development) -- TTM $ 373 $ 458 $ 575 $ 788 $ 979 163 %
Free cash flow (operating cash flow less purchases of fixed assets) -- TTM $ 2,920 $ 2,322 $ 1,986 $ 1,829 $ 2,516 (14 %)
Free cash flow -- TTM Y/Y growth 114 % 62 % 29 % (5 %) (14 %) N/A
Invested capital (1) $ 4,449 $ 5,104 $ 5,820 $ 6,576 $ 7,380 N/A
Return on invested capital (2) 66 % 45 % 34 % 28 % 34 % N/A
 
Common shares and stock-based awards outstanding 461 463 465 465 465 1 %
Common shares outstanding 444 446 448 449 451 1 %
Stock-based awards outstanding 17 18 17 16 15 (14 %)
Stock-based awards outstanding -- % of common shares outstanding 3.8 % 4.0 % 3.8 % 3.6 % 3.2 % N/A
 
Results of Operations
Worldwide (WW) net sales $ 9,519 $ 7,131 $ 6,566 $ 7,560 $ 12,948 36 %
WW net sales -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 37 % 42 % 42 % 40 % 37 % N/A
WW net sales -- TTM $ 24,509 $ 26,750 $ 28,664 $ 30,776 $ 34,204 40 %
WW net sales -- TTM Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 29 % 33 % 38 % 40 % 40 % N/A
 
Operating income (3) $ 476 $ 394 $ 270 $ 268 $ 474 (0 %)
Operating income -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 63 % 56 % 77 % 13 % 3 % N/A
Operating margin -- % of WW net sales 5.0 % 5.5 % 4.1 % 3.5 % 3.7 % N/A
Operating income -- TTM (3) $ 1,129 $ 1,279 $ 1,391 $ 1,408 $ 1,406 25 %
Operating income -- TTM Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 39 % 44 % 65 % 50 % 27 % N/A
Operating margin -- TTM % of WW net sales 4.6 % 4.8 % 4.9 % 4.6 % 4.1 % N/A
 
Net income (3) $ 384 $ 299 $ 207 $ 231 $ 416 8 %
Net income per diluted share $ 0.85 $ 0.66 $ 0.45 $ 0.51 $ 0.91 6 %
Net income -- TTM (3) $ 902 $ 1,024 $ 1,088 $ 1,120 $ 1,152 28 %
Net income per diluted share -- TTM $ 2.04 $ 2.30 $ 2.42 $ 2.47 $ 2.53 24 %
 
Segments
North America Segment:
Net sales $ 4,956 $ 3,780 $ 3,590 $ 4,126 $ 7,211 45 %
Net sales -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 36 % 46 % 46 % 45 % 45 % N/A
Net sales -- TTM $ 12,828 $ 14,030 $ 15,168 $ 16,452 $ 18,707 46 %
Operating income $ 278 $ 273 $ 200 $ 186 $ 295 6 %
Operating margin -- % of North America net sales 5.6 % 7.2 % 5.6 % 4.5 % 4.1 % N/A
Operating income -- TTM $ 709 $ 832 $ 907 $ 937 $ 955 35 %
Operating income -- TTM Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 59 % 79 % 84 % 67 % 35 % N/A
Operating margin -- TTM % of North America net sales 5.5 % 5.9 % 6.0 % 5.7 % 5.1 % N/A
 
International Segment:
Net sales $ 4,563 $ 3,351 $ 2,976 $ 3,434 $ 5,737 26 %
Net sales -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 37 % 37 % 38 % 35 % 29 % N/A
Net sales -- TTM $ 11,681 $ 12,720 $ 13,496 $ 14,324 $ 15,497 33 %
Net sales -- TTM % of WW net sales 48 % 48 % 47 % 47 % 45 % N/A
Operating income $ 319 $ 234 $ 206 $ 215 $ 327 3 %
Operating margin -- % of International net sales 7.0 % 7.0 % 6.9 % 6.2 % 5.7 % N/A
Operating income -- TTM $ 863 $ 925 $ 952 $ 973 $ 981 14 %
Operating income -- TTM Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 41 % 33 % 28 % 23 % 20 % N/A
Operating margin -- TTM % of International net sales 7.4 % 7.3 % 7.1 % 6.8 % 6.3 % N/A
 
Consolidated Segments:
Operating expenses (4) $ 8,922 $ 6,624 $ 6,160 $ 7,159 $ 12,326 38 %
Operating expenses -- TTM (4) $ 22,937 $ 24,993 $ 26,805 $ 28,866 $ 32,268 40 %
Operating income $ 597 $ 507 $ 406 $ 401 $ 622 4 %

Operating margin -- % of Consolidated sales

6.3 % 7.1 % 6.2 % 5.3 % 4.8 % N/A
Operating income -- TTM $ 1,572 $ 1,757 $ 1,859 $ 1,910 $ 1,936 23 %
Operating income -- TTM Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 48 % 51 % 51 % 42 % 25 % N/A

Operating margin -- TTM % of Consolidated net sales

    6.4 %     6.6 %     6.5 %     6.2 %     5.7 %   N/A  
 
 
AMAZON.COM, INC.
Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics
(in millions, except inventory turnover, accounts payable days and employee data)
(unaudited)
                         
Y/Y %
Q4 2009   Q1 2010   Q2 2010   Q3 2010   Q4 2010   Change
Supplemental
Supplemental North America Segment Net Sales:
Media $ 2,099 $ 1,597 $ 1,324 $ 1,591 $ 2,370 13 %
Media -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 19 % 22 % 15 % 12 % 13 % N/A
Media -- TTM $ 5,964 $ 6,255 $ 6,432 $ 6,610 $ 6,881 15 %
Electronics and other general merchandise $ 2,662 $ 2,024 $ 2,090 $ 2,326 $ 4,558 71 %
Electronics and other general merchandise -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 54 % 73 % 76 % 80 % 71 % N/A
Electronics and other general merchandise -- TTM $ 6,314 $ 7,166 $ 8,069 $ 9,103 $ 10,998 74 %
Electronics and other general merchandise -- TTM % of North America net sales 49 % 51 % 53 % 55 % 59 % N/A
Other $ 195 $ 159 $ 176 $ 209 $ 283 45 %
Other -- TTM $ 550 $ 608 $ 668 $ 739 $ 828 50 %
 
Supplemental International Segment Net Sales:
Media $ 2,580 $ 1,833 $ 1,550 $ 1,759 $ 2,865 11 %
Media -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 26 % 23 % 21 % 18 % 13 % N/A
Media -- TTM $ 6,810 $ 7,225 $ 7,480 $ 7,723 $ 8,007 18 %
Electronics and other general merchandise $ 1,947 $ 1,489 $ 1,399 $ 1,644 $ 2,834 46 %
Electronics and other general merchandise -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 56 % 61 % 63 % 60 % 50 % N/A
Electronics and other general merchandise -- TTM $ 4,768 $ 5,382 $ 5,899 $ 6,478 $ 7,365 54 %
Electronics and other general merchandise -- TTM % of International net sales 41 % 42 % 44 % 45 % 48 % N/A
Other $ 36 $ 29 $ 27 $ 31 $ 38 6 %
Other -- TTM $ 103 $ 114 $ 117 $ 123 $ 125 22 %
 
Supplemental Worldwide Net Sales:
Media $ 4,679 $ 3,430 $ 2,874 $ 3,350 $ 5,235 12 %
Media -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 23 % 22 % 18 % 15 % 13 % N/A
Media -- TTM $ 12,774 $ 13,480 $ 13,912 $ 14,333 $ 14,888 17 %
Electronics and other general merchandise $ 4,609 $ 3,513 $ 3,489 $ 3,970 $ 7,392 60 %
Electronics and other general merchandise -- Y/Y growth, excluding F/X 54 % 68 % 70 % 71 % 62 % N/A
Electronics and other general merchandise -- TTM $ 11,082 $ 12,548 $ 13,968 $ 15,581 $ 18,363 66 %
Electronics and other general merchandise -- TTM % of WW net sales 45 % 47 % 49 % 51 % 54 % N/A
Other $ 231 $ 188 $ 203 $ 240 $ 321 39 %
Other -- TTM $ 653 $ 722 $ 785 $ 862 $ 953 46 %
 
Balance Sheet
Cash and marketable securities (5) $ 6,672 $ 5,381 $ 5,419 $ 6,123 $ 8,919 34 %
Inventory, net -- ending $ 2,171 $ 1,820 $ 1,940 $ 2,515 $ 3,202 48 %
Inventory turnover, average -- TTM 12.2 12.6 12.5 11.8 11.4 (7 %)
Fixed assets, net $ 1,290 $ 1,436 $ 1,704 $ 2,099 $ 2,414 87 %
 
Accounts payable -- ending $ 5,605 $ 3,619 $ 3,545 $ 4,614 $ 8,051 44 %
Accounts payable days -- ending 68 59 65 73 72 5 %
 
Other
WW shipping revenue $ 341 $ 248 $ 239 $ 270 $ 437 28 %
WW shipping costs $ 696 $ 518 $ 487 $ 576 $ 999 44 %
WW net shipping costs $ 355 $ 270 $ 248 $ 306 $ 562 58 %
WW net shipping costs -- % of WW net sales 3.7 % 3.8 % 3.8 % 4.0 % 4.3 % N/A
 
 
Employees (full-time and part-time; excludes contractors & temporary personnel)     24,300       26,100       28,300       31,200       33,700     39 %
 
 
(1) Average Total Assets minus Current Liabilities (excluding current portion of Long Term Debt) over five quarter ends.
(2) TTM Free Cash Flow divided by Invested Capital.
(3) Q2 2009 was negatively impacted by a $51 million legal settlement.

(4) Represents cost of sales, fulfillment, marketing, technology and content, and general and administrative operating expenses, excluding stock-based compensation.

(5) Includes restricted cash, classified within "Other Assets" on our consolidated balance sheet, of: $306 million in Q4 2009, $318 million Q1 2010, $311 million in Q2 2010, $238 million in Q3 2010 and $157 million in Q4 2010.

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Certain Definitions

Customer Accounts

  • References to customers mean customer accounts, which are unique e-mail addresses, established either when a customer places an order or when a customer orders from other sellers on our websites. Customer accounts exclude certain customers, including customers associated with certain of our acquisitions, Amazon Enterprise Solutions program customers, Amazon.com Payments customers, Amazon Web Services customers, and the customers of select companies with whom we have a technology alliance or marketing and promotional relationship. Customers are considered active when they have placed an order during the preceding twelve-month period.

Seller Accounts

  • References to sellers means seller accounts, which are established when a seller receives an order from a customer account. Seller accounts exclude Amazon Enterprise Solutions sellers. Sellers are considered active when they have received an order from a customer during the preceding twelve-month period.

Registered Developers

  • References to registered developers mean cumulative registered developer accounts, which are established when potential developers enroll with Amazon Web Services and receive a developer access key.

Units

  • References to units mean physical and digital units sold (net of returns and cancellations) by us and sellers at Amazon.com domains worldwide – such as www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn and www.amazon.it, as well as Amazon.com-owned items sold through non-Amazon.com domains. Units sold do not include units associated with certain of our acquisitions or Amazon.com gift certificates.

Contacts

Amazon.com Investor Relations
Rob Eldridge, 206-266-2171
www.amazon.com/ir
or
Amazon.com Public Relations
Mary Osako, 206-266-7180

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Contacts

Amazon.com Investor Relations
Rob Eldridge, 206-266-2171
www.amazon.com/ir
or
Amazon.com Public Relations
Mary Osako, 206-266-7180