Alibaba (BABA) Tops Q2 EPS by 10c; Mobile MAUs Rose ~5.9% Sequentially

November 2, 2016 6:59 AM EDT
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Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) reported Q2 EPS of $0.79, $0.10 better than the analyst estimate of $0.69. Revenue for the quarter came in at $5.14 billion versus the consensus estimate of $5.03 billion.

“Alibaba Group had a great quarter. Our results reflect our increasing ability to monetize our 450 million mobile users through new and innovative social commerce experiences,” said Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. “Beyond the strong performance of our core commerce business, we are pleased with the continued rapid growth of our cloud computing business. We also see huge potential in our newly integrated digital media and entertainment unit. By combining engaging online experiences with highly relevant content, we delivered impressive financial and operational results in the quarter across the company.”

“We reported robust revenue growth of 55% this quarter, with strong growth in each of our four reporting segments,” said Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group. “Our highly profitable and cash flow generative core commerce business enables us to invest in our future growth areas of cloud computing, digital media and entertainment and innovation initiatives. We expect each of these businesses to drive long-term value for both our customers and shareholders.”

  • Mobile MAUs on our China retail marketplaces reached 450 million in September, an increase of 23 million over June, while annual active buyers on our China retail marketplaces reached 439 million, an increase of 5 million from the 12-month period ended in June.
  • The number of paying customers of our cloud computing business grew to 651,000 from 577,000 in the previous quarter. Operating loss from cloud computing was RMB398 million (US$60 million) this quarter, and adjusted EBITA loss narrowed from RMB158 million in the previous quarter to RMB57 million (US$8 million) this quarter.

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