Microsoft's revenue has fallen for the first time since the company went public in 1986, with revenue of $13,10-billion for the fourth quarter ended 30 June 2009 representing a 17% decline from the same period last year.
Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $3,99-billion, $3,05-billion and $0.34 per share, which represented declines of 30%, 29% and 26%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.
“Our business continued to be negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and server markets,” says Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “In light of that environment, it was an excellent achievement to deliver over $750-million of operational savings compared to the prior year quarter.”
The financial results for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2009, included the deferral of $276-million of revenue related to the Windows 7 Upgrade Option program that was announced on 25 June 2009. This revenue deferral reduced earnings per share by $0,02.
The fourth-quarter financial results also included $193-million of legal charges, $108-million of impairments to investments and $40-million of additional severance charges related to the previously announced plan.
Operating expenses were reduced by $105-million of capitalised research and development expenses due to the technical milestones reached for Windows 7. Combined, these items also reduced earnings per share by $0,02.
Significant product milestones were achieved in the quarter, including the releases of Windows 7 release candidate, Windows Server 2008 R2 release candidate, as well as Bing, Microsoft’s search engine designed to help people make faster, more informed decisions.
For the fiscal year ended 30 June 2009, Microsoft reported revenue of $58,44-billion, a 3% decline from the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the year were $20,36-billion, $14,57-billion and $1,62, which represented declines of 9%, 18% and 13% respectively.
“While economic conditions presented challenges this year, we maintained our focus on delivering customer satisfaction and providing solutions to our customers to save money,” says Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “I am very excited by the wave of product and services innovations being delivered in this next fiscal year.”