The company Amazon founded by Jeff Bezos announced, Thursday, that Amazon ended the first quarter with a loss of $ 3.8 billion, a number that compares with a profit of $ 8.1 billion in the first three months of 2021. Since 2015, the e-commerce giant has not recorded a quarter with a negative balance.
The results, which disappointed analysts, were pressured by a $7.6 billion loss due to a decline in the value of shares in electric car maker Rivian, in which Amazon holds an approximately 18% stake. Rivian lost more than half of its market value in the first quarter.
Amazon’s revenue came to $116.44 billion, marginally higher than the $116.3 billion analysts had expected, according to Refinitiv.
But the numbers that penalized Amazon shares, which fell 9% in After Hours, were the company’s “guidance” for the second quarter. The company estimates revenue between $116K and $121 billion, well below the $125.5 billion analysts had expected. High inflation in its key markets will affect sales this quarter.
Advertising revenue was $7.88 billion, up 25% year-over-year, while Amazon Web Services was almost the only bright spot in the quarterly accounts, bringing in $18.44 billion, up 36.5% from the previous year and above the $18.27 billion expected by the market.
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