Microsoft’s (fiscal) 4Q earnings report is due after the close next Thursday and Michael Paige at MarketWatch summarizes the Wall Street predictions:
Microsoft Corp. is expected to report next Thursday that its quarterly profit remained flat and revenue climbed just over 14% amid ongoing strength in sales of its server software and as its entertainment unit posts a revenue surge thanks to its Xbox 360 video-gaming console.
On average, Wall Street analysts expect Microsoft to report a profit of 30 cents a share on revenue of $11.63 billion for the quarter ended June 30, according to Thomson First Call. In the comparable period of last year, the world’s largest software firm also reported a profit of 30 cents a share, after adjusting for one-time items such as legal charges and tax benefits, on revenue of $10.16 billion.
Hit the link fore the details, but the net is that increased Xbox 360 sales will spike the revenues and eat up all the other segments’ profit gains since it sells at a loss.
Also, as I mentioned after the 3Q report, this appears to be the last quarter in which the results will be broken out in the glory of full 7 segment detail. Next FY looks to be just Microsoft Platform Products and Services Division, Microsoft Business Division, and Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division which will blur some of the more interesting results.