31 thoughts on “Google’s 2006 Money Shot, $10 billion in revenues”

  1. I certainly hope the “Boys” are able to keep the accountants/cfo/etc/etc in check
    An asian friend humorously remarked today, “Do you think they cookie bookie?”

  2. subtract the $976M in traffic acquisition costs and the numbers are much more inline with estimates. Hence, why the stock is actually down in the aftermarket (at least I think).

  3. Thanks for the Sheffield reference.

    As a Boston Red Sox fan, I always nervously watch Sheffield at the plate. Apparently, to my eyes, the man (a NY Yankee) is just full of rage and just tears at every pitch.

    I’ve always thought it would be the worst position in the world to be a 3rd Baseman with Gary Sheffield at the plate. As a right hander, he must send very scary hits to the left side of the diamond.

    But – in line – Google’s $1B USD in profit is also pretty scary. I think these guys are going to end up – over time – being more vilified than Microsoft. “Do no evil” – my ass!

    Does this mean that Google will end up with “Sheffield-Rage”?

    • Chris
  4. Visible

    I agree, this kind of growth is not sustainable. the law of large numbers eventually kicks in. It is amazing to see that these guys deliver on what they promise, and then some.

    I think the Wall Street doesn’t really know how to get correct estimates out of Google, because that’s just how Google is.

    Regardless, it be interesting to see how 2007 shapes up.

    But when your stock is trading at $400+, even perceived “averageness” is enough to push the stock down.

  5. Google is One in everything
    – If Google search doesn’t work, in One second I would use some other search engine
    – 150B Market cap, but how much investment is research?
    – One ‘small earthquake’ could change everything.
    – One revenue product (search) and dozens of One dollar products
    – One revenue stream (mainly by ‘click fraud’).
    – One can write a ‘ClickWare’ program in One hour
    – Licensing and other revenue is One percent
    – One-way marketing ie, word of mouth
    – Google can enjoy One more year as a spiderman

    Kind rgrds

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  7. Om, you’re comparing apples and oranges. Wall Street estimates are based on Google’s “net revenue,” which is total revenue less TAC payments. Total revenue in Q4 06 was $3,205 million. Net revenue was $2,229 million. Google did beat Wall Street estimates of net revenue, but not by nearly as much as you say.

  8. Sojo – I totally agree with you and that will be the demise of this companies revenue in the long term.

    I am amazed that Wall Street does not challenge the numbers more on that revenue yet find it comical that Sarbanes Oxley forces more traditional companies to disclose why they bought to much toner..

  9. Keith is right. You need to correct your reporting ASAP – Wall Street consensus estimates are based on ex-TAC numbers. Google beat but only modestly (esp. compared to previous quarters).

  10. I’ve been to Google’s HQ and it is really not that impressive.

    Kind of stuffy if you ask me…

    It’s a Wizard of Oz situation.

  11. Doesn’t this make GOOG the first internet-based firm to reach eight (8) figures in top-line during a calendar year? Seems like a milestone for the sector worth calling out in recognition of this.

  12. Wasn’t Yahoo the unstoppable internet juggernaut a decade ago? They ran out of steam and their share price is somewhere under $30 now. Once the growth slows…sell those shares before it does.

  13. Om,

    I find your posts usually insightful, but looks like lately in order to come up with catchy headlines, you are ignoring your journalistic roots and not checking your data for accuracy.

    Agree with Keith and Darren comments earlier that the revenue beat was minimal if you compare the right revenue figures!

  14. Dave,

    thanks for the post. I am checking into this. the revenue estimates on some of the random reports i get from wall street firms don’t indicate that the revenue numbers are ex-TAC. Regardless, I will check and recheck this and update the post accordingly.

  15. Actually, I just checked the data, and everyone seems to be using the TAC-inclusive data in the estimates. Link. The estimates are the same (or close enough) to the numbers on some of the research reports I have.

    They grew 19% ex-TAC (Q-o-Q) and 73% (y-over-y for the 4Q)

  16. Thanks for checking. Here is the issue:

    The $3.2 bn number you site on the top is the gross revenue figure:
    “Google just reported1 its fourth quarter 2006 sales of $3.2 billion..”

    where as, the number you quote in the bottom is the number (ex-TAC), which is how most analysts look at it, hence the discrepancy.
    “For the fourth quarter 2006, the high end revenue expectation were $2.31 billion. This is a moon shot..”

    If you look at Google’s rev-ex TAC ($3.2 bn less TAC of $976 mm) of $2.2 bn which is lower than the high analyst estimates of $2.3 bn.

    Still very impressive growth but not the moonshot type story.

  17. Om, your yahoo link didn’t shed any light on the issue. I am attaching a AP story excerpt which confirms the ex-TAC comaprison thesis.

    Google 4Q Earnings Nearly Triple
    Wednesday January 31, 11:02 pm ET
    By Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer
    Google 4Q Earnings Nearly Triple to Sprint Past Analyst Expectations

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled as the online search engine leader once again sprinted past analyst expectations,

    The company’s revenue for the period totaled $3.2 billion, a 67 percent increase from $1.92 billion in the prior year.

    After subtracting commissions paid to its advertising partners, Google’s fourth-quarter revenue was $2.23 billion. That also exceeded the average analyst estimate of $2.19 billion and represented a 20 percent increase from the third quarter.

    The sequential change in Google’s quarterly revenue is closely watched by investors. Besides exceeding analyst expectations, Google’s sequential revenue growth also outpaced the 15 percent increase posted by Yahoo Inc., which operates the Internet’s second-largest advertising network.

    Through December, Google held a 47 percent share of the U.S. search market, compared with 28 percent for Yahoo, according to comScore Media Metrix.

    For all of 2006, Google earned $3.08 billion, or $9.94 per share, on revenue of $10.6 billion. That compared with net income of $1.47 billion, or $5.02 per share, on revenue of $6.1 billion.

  18. Thanks Dave,

    I was trying to link to the consensus revenues number.

    I am still checking with folks within the analyst community and see how they report their numbers, just to make sure.

    to be fair, 20% increase is pretty darn good. i am still trying to find a similar growth story in any business at this revenue level.

    but then when the stock is hovering at $500 a share, 20% isn’t enough.

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