Microsoft offers conservative outlook; unearned revenue +13%

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) guides on its FQ4 CC for FQ1 revenue of $21.2B-$22.3B, below a $23.1B consensus. But the company has shown a habit of guiding conservatively in recent quarters.

Also likely playing a role: The Nokia phone unit (about to see massive job cuts) is expected to see FQ1 revenue of $1.9B-$2.3B; that's down from a year-ago level of $3.9B. 5.8M Lumia phones were sold in FQ4 during the 2 months following the closing of the Nokia deal, with low-end phones making up "a majority" of the volume; 7.4M Lumias were sold over the unit's full June quarter last year.

Microsoft's unearned revenue balance rose 13% Y/Y to $25.2B. Its contracted not billed balance totaled $24B (up $3B Y/Y), and total bookings rose 29% (20% exc. Nokia).

Other  details: 1) Office commercial revenue (inc. Office 365) grew 4%. 2) Surface revenue totaled $409M, and 1.1M Xboxes were sold. 3) The benefit to Windows business revenue that came from the end of XP support "moderated" towards the end of FQ4. 4) $1.3B was spent on capex in FQ4, and $5.5B overall in FY14. 5) "Commercial licensing" accounted for 65% of FQ4 gross profit.

MSFT +1.3% AH. Earnings slides (.ppt), guidance (.ppt).

Prior Microsoft earnings coverage

This was corrected on 07/22/2014 at 07:30 PM. The post previously stated 5.8M Lumia phones were sold in the June quarter. However, that figure only covers sales following the closing of the Nokia phone acquisition on April 25.