Seeking Alpha, Inc. (AMZN)

  • Aug. 13, 2013, 11:13 AM
    • BlackBerry (BBRY +9%) is now up 27% since Reuters first reported the company is thinking of going private. The company's enterprise value (excludes $3.1B in cash/investments) has grown to $3B.
    • While Prem Watsa reportedly talks to both P-E firms and "industry players" about a deal, the NY Post reports BlackBerry would prefer to be acquired by a "Google-like" buyer rather than a P-E firm. One source speculates Amazon (AMZN - believed to be interested back in 2011, and possibly able to leverage BlackBerry's NOCs to bolster AWS) could be an option.
    • AllThingsD reports Silver Lake "has no interest in working with Watsa or BlackBerry" on a bid.
    • Another upgrade has come in: Scotia Capital has lifted shares to Outperform.
    • More on BlackBerry
    | Aug. 13, 2013, 11:13 AM | 44 Comments
  • Jul. 18, 2013, 11:12 AM
    Needham downgrades eBay (EBAY -6.4%) to Hold following its Q2 revenue miss and light Q3 guidance, citing international softness and "slowing Marketplace fundamentals." Though granting eBay is taking steps to revamp Marketplaces, the firm doesn't "expect any single investment to serve as a momentum-changing catalyst in the near term." Top-rated sellers (22% Q2 same-store sales growth) and mobile (2M new users, 5.6M listings/week, $20B+ in 2013 transactions expected) remain areas of strength for Marketplaces. Amazon (AMZN -1.2%) continues to follow eBay lower, but Overstock (OSTK +15.7%) is soaring after trouncing Q2 estimates and reporting a 170 bps Y/Y increase in gross margin to 19.7%. (eBay transcript)
    | Jul. 18, 2013, 11:12 AM | Comment!
  • Jul. 17, 2013, 4:36 PM
    eBay (EBAY) is guiding for Q3 revenue of $3.85B-$3.95B and EPS of $0.61-$0.63, below a consensus of $3.97B and $0.65. 2013 guidance is for revenue of $16B-$16.5B and EPS of $2.70-$2.75 vs. a consensus of $16.3B and $2.75. The company says "macroeconomic headwinds in Europe and Korea will continue to be a challenge" in 2H. PayPal revenue +20% Y/Y in Q2, up from Q1's 18%. But Marketplaces revenue (exc. a tax gain) only +10%, down from Q1's +13%. Shares -5.5% AH. Amazon (AMZN) -0.7% in sympathy. CC at 5PM ET (webcast). (Q2 results) (slides) (PR)
    | Jul. 17, 2013, 4:36 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 17, 2013, 1:59 PM
    More bad news for leading Groupon (GRPN +5.7%) rival LivingSocial: the company has shuttered both its NYC office and local events unit in an effort to pare costs. The moves come a month after the company closed its Seattle office and requested employees work remotely. LivingSocial, 29%-owned by Amazon (AMZN), posted a $50M net loss in Q1 to go with revenue of $135M (+23% Y/Y).
    | Jul. 17, 2013, 1:59 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 10, 2013, 9:57 AM
    Rackspace (RAX -3.3%) dives after Amazon Web Services (AMZN +0.2%) cuts EC2 cloud computing prices for dedicated instances (i.e. hardware dedicated to a single client) by up to 80%. Though AWS is known for cutting prices early and often, the size of this cut makes it noteworthy. Moreover, the fact it covers dedicated hardware suggests Amazon is taking aim not only at the cloud infrastructure services provided by the likes of Rackspace, Microsoft, and Google, but also the traditional hosting services offered  by Rackspace and others.
    | Jul. 10, 2013, 9:57 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 25, 2013, 2:00 PM
    Barnes & Noble (BKS -20.3%) is exiting the tablet market and will focus its hardware efforts on e-readers, the book retailer announces in tandem with its bleak FQ4 results and FY14 guidance. With B&N's tablet share having cratered and the Nook division reporting $133M in inventory charges for FQ4, the decision isn't hard to fathom. B&N says it will "continue to offer its existing inventory" of Nook tablets through the holiday season, and will seek out partners to make B&N-branded tablets. Amazon (AMZN) must be pleased, given the overlap between the Nook HD and Kindle Fire's targeted customers, and the fact B&N remains a top e-book competitor.
    | Jun. 25, 2013, 2:00 PM | 4 Comments
  • May 28, 2013, 10:58 AM
    Amazon (AMZN +3.3%), eBay (EBAY +2.4%), and Overstock (OSTK +5.1%) outperform after May's consumer confidence print comes in at 76.1, well above a consensus of 71.5. Amazon and eBay rallied 11 days ago in response to strong mid-May consumer sentiment data.
    | May 28, 2013, 10:58 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 26, 2013, 1:29 PM
    Amazon (AMZN -6.9%) is giving back most of its 2013 gains as the Street decides a revenue miss and light profit guidance outweigh a still-improving gross margin. Slowing growth and a lack of profits for the international ops is a concern for many, even if forex is a factor - international media sales rose only 1% Y/Y, though other merchandise sales rose 28%. On the earnings call, management admitted (echoing eBay) "there is some [international] softness from a macro standpoint," while adding Amazon is investing heavily in China, Italy, and Spain. Nomura is staying bullish, touting the fact total growth is holding steady.
    | Apr. 26, 2013, 1:29 PM | 12 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 7:28 PM
    Amazon's (AMZN) Q1 Y/Y paid unit growth was 30%, the company discloses in its CC; that's down from Q4's 32% and Q3's 39%, but still above rev. growth of 22%. 3rd-party sellers (some of them upset over fee hikes) made up 40% of unit sales vs. 39% in Q4 and 41% in Q3; they've been a major source of gross margin growth. Digital content sales growth slowed down, leading physical units to rise over 300 bps Y/Y as a % of total units. Forex expected to have a 275 bps impact on Q2 rev. growth. North America had a $457M op. profit in Q1, international a $16M op. loss. Active customer accounts rose to 209M+ from 200M+ in Q4.  AMZN now -3% AH. (Q1: I, II)
    | Apr. 25, 2013, 7:28 PM | 4 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 4:05 PM (AMZN): Q1 EPS of $0.18 beats by $0.09. Revenue of $16.07B (+22% Y/Y) misses by $90M. Expects Q2 revenue of $14.5B-$16.2B vs. $15.9B consensus. Expects Q2 operating income of -$340M to +$10M; EPS consensus is at $0.22. Shares +1.4% AH. CC at 5PM ET (webcast). (PR)
    | Apr. 25, 2013, 4:05 PM | 16 Comments
  • Apr. 18, 2013, 2:12 PM
    eBay's revenue miss and light Q2 guidance are taking a toll on Amazon (AMZN -3.6%), which delivers its own Q2 report in 7 days. eBay's earnings call remarks about European weakness probably aren't going over well either, given Amazon's strong exposure to the continent. Yesterday, Nomura raised its PT on Amazon to $315 from $300, albeit while respectively cutting its 2013 and 2014 EPS estimates to $1.67 and $3.44. The firm is now modeling higher D&A (heavily tied to AWS capex) and fulfillment expenses, but also higher revenue and gross margin.
    | Apr. 18, 2013, 2:12 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 2, 2013, 10:24 AM
    Groupon (GRPN -6.9%) "has a largely unproven business model, a wide ranging global business mix in transformation, and is undergoing a management change," writes UBS' Eric Sheridan. The daily deals leader is the only company given a Sell rating in a coverage launch for Internet stocks. Google (GOOG +0.6%), eBay (EBAY +1.1%), Yahoo (YHOO +1.2%), AOL (AOL +0.7%), Yelp (YELP +2.4%), and InterActiveCorp (IACI +2.1%) have been started at Buy, and Amazon (AMZN +0.4%), Facebook (FB +1.3%), LinkedIn (LNKD -0.2%), and Zynga (ZNGA +0.3%) at Neutral.
    | Apr. 2, 2013, 10:24 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 12, 2013, 10:42 AM
    While eBay slumps in the wake of ChannelAdvisor's Feb. data, Amazon (AMZN +1.5%) is doing the opposite. Same-store sales for ChannelAdvisor clients using Amazon rose 30.8% Y/Y in February, or 34.8% when normalized for the 2012 leap year. That compares with 34.3% growth in January, and indicates Amazon's 3rd-party sales (39% of Q4 paid units) remain healthy.  Google (GOOG -1.1%) saw mixed results: Google Shopping's same-store growth fell to a normalized 4.5% from January's 7.9%, but search e-commerce growth rose to a normalized 4.9% from a prior -1%.
    | Mar. 12, 2013, 10:42 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 5, 2013, 1:02 PM
    Millennial Media (MM -4.8%) makes fresh post-IPO lows after Needham launches coverage with a Hold. While expecting Millennial to "continue to experience exceptionally strong growth over the next few years," the firm sees "emerging competition" limiting upside to current estimates. The report comes as one of those emerging rivals, Amazon (AMZN), rolls out a mobile ad API for Android apps offered in its Appstore. Amazon is already selling Kindle lock screen ads, and has reportedly considered making a mobile ad acquisition.
    | Mar. 5, 2013, 1:02 PM | Comment!
  • Feb. 25, 2013, 10:50 AM
    Nook hardware: down and perhaps soon out. While Barnes & Noble (BKS +8.4%) jumps thanks to chairman Leonard Riggio's retail buyout offer, the NYT reports B&N's poor holiday season sales have led execs to believe "the company must move away" from hardware development in favor of content licensing. "They are not completely getting out of the hardware business, but they are going to lean a lot more on the comprehensive digital catalog of content," says a source. Amazon (AMZN +0.1%), which has been taking e-reader share from B&N, stands to benefit.
    | Feb. 25, 2013, 10:50 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 20, 2013, 2:33 PM
    Groupon (GRPN -4.1%) slides after top rival LivingSocial states it has raised $110M in a new funding round, guaranteeing its near-term survival. Amazon (AMZN), which has a 29% stake in LivingSocial, disclosed in its 2012 10-K LivingSocial posted revenue of $536M (+114% Y/Y) and a net loss of $71M (exc. a $579M impairment charge) last year. Amazon valued its stake (the subject of a major write-down) at $52M, which implies a $179M valuation for the entire company. (previous)
    | Feb. 20, 2013, 2:33 PM | 1 Comment
Company Description Inc is an online retailer. The Company sells its products through the website which provides services, such as advertising services and co-branded credit card agreements. It also offers electronic devices like Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States