AWS earnings Q2 2021
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, speaks at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2019 conference in Houston, Texas on March 11, 2019.
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Amazon said Thursday that revenue from its cloud computing business increased 37% year over year in the second quarter, up from 32% in the previous quarter.
The latest results reinforce Amazon Web Services’ market understanding of tools that businesses, schools, and government agencies use to run applications and websites with computing infrastructure in remote data centers. AWS held 41% of the market in 2020, more than double that of its second largest competitor, Microsoft, according to estimates by technology research firm Gartner.
AWS revenue for the quarter was $ 14.81 billion, more than the consensus of $ 14.20 billion among analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. The acceleration in growth comes from comparing Amazon’s results with the second quarter of 2020, which took into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. At that time, the growth rates were different across industries due to the arrival of Covid.
AWS left operating income of $ 4.19 billion, above StreetAccount’s consensus of $ 4.17 billion, bringing the operating margin to 28.3%, up from 30.8% in the first quarter.
Of Amazon’s $ 113.08 billion in total revenue, 13% comes from the cloud entity and 54% of the company’s operating income comes from AWS.
In the quarter, AWS announced a collaboration with Dish Network to build a cloud-based 5G infrastructure and announced it would open data centers in Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Amazon shares fell as much as 5% in after-hours trading after the company reported disappointing total earnings in the second quarter.
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