Amazon Posts First Quarterly Loss since 2015, Weighed by Rivian


First Net Loss Since 2015

The e-commerce and tech juggernaut reported underwhelming results for the first quarter of 2022 [1] and markets reacted negatively, sending the stock lower in extended trading. CEO Andy Jassy noted that "The pandemic and subsequent war in Ukraine have brought unusual growth and challenges".

The report had a lot to unpack, but one of the metrics that stood out, was the disclosure of the first quarterly loss in seven years. Amazon (AMZN) announced a hefty Net Loss of $3.844 billion in Q1 2022, compared to profits of $8.107 billion in the same quarter a year ago and $14.323 in Q4 2021.

One key driver for this, was the loss of $7.6 billion from the firm's stake electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian Automotive. The EV maker went public in late 2021 and its stock shed around 50% in the first quarter of the current year.

Another backer (and competitor) of Rivian, whose income was affected by this, is the Ford Motor Company. Ford revealed yesterday, that it had lost $5.4 billion form its investment in Rivian, in the first quarter of the year. [2]

Revenues Grew, Margins Squeezed reported Total Net Sales of $ 116,444 billion for the first quarter of 2022, which was 7% higher compared to the same period last year, but constituted a significant mark down from the $137.412 billion generated in the last quarter of 2022.

In a backdrop of surging inflation in the US, the rise in energy and commodity prices and higher interest rates ahead, margins are an important figure, since they show how much money a firm actually form its Revenues.

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The retail giant saw its Operating Margin dive to 3.2% during the reported period, from 8.2% margin of Q1 2021, but was improved compared the prior quarter's 2.5% print.

Strong Web Services and Advertising

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a key part of the firm's activities, which became even more significant during the COVID-19 lockdowns, as corporations faced increased needs for cloud solutions.

The segment has been expanding and yesterday's report showed a continuation of this trend, as AWS posted a solid 37% Revenue growth year-over-year in Q1 and generated $18.441 billion, also surpassing the Q4 2021 figures. More to it, Web Services brought in $20.887 billion of Income, a 57% year-over-year jump.

Another important source of revenue for, is the advertising business, figures for which it only started reporting in the last quarter, having revealed Revenue of 9,716 billion. In Q1 Advertising Revenues slipped to $7,877 billion in Q1 2022, but they constituted a strong 23% increase year-over-year.

Forward Guidance & Prime Day

The tech juggernaut offered a rather timid forward guidance for the second quarter of the year, given various source of uncertainty, such Covid-19, the war in Ukraine and supply challenges.

Amazon projects Net Revenue to be between $116.0 billion and $121.0 billion, which would constitute a 3%-7% year-over-year growth. Operating income (loss) is expected to be between $(1.0) billion and $3.0 billion, compared with $7.7 billion in second quarter 2021.

Amazon also announced that its popular 48-hour sale event, the Prime Day, will take place in July, meaning in the third quarter of the year. This has been factored in to the above projection, since last year, Prime Day had been held during the second quarter, a change that can affect year-over-year comparisons.

Nikos Tzabouras

Senior Financial Editorial Writer

Nikos Tzabouras is a graduate of the Department of International & European Economic Studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has a long time presence at FXCM, as he joined the company in 2011. He has served from multiple positions, but specializes in financial market analysis and commentary.

With his educational background in international relations, he emphasizes not only on Technical Analysis but also in Fundamental Analysis and Geopolitics – which have been having increasing impact on financial markets. He has longtime experience in market analysis and as a host of educational trading courses via online and in-person sessions and conferences.



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