Google Jan. 20 reported $8.44 billion in revenues, earnings per share of $7.81, and a profit of $2.54 billion for the fourth quarter. Oh, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt is passing the torch to co-founder Larry Page.
Google on Jan.
20 married a management shakeup with a fine fourth-quarter earnings report,
including $8.44 billion in revenues, earnings per share of $7.81, and net profit
of $2.54 billion.
26 percent from the fourth quarter of
2009, while net profit rose 29 percent from $1.97 billion.
engine recorded $2.07 billion in TAC (traffic-acquisition costs), or revenue
shared with Google's partners. Google's paid clicks were up 11 percent from the
prior quarter and 18 percent from the year-ago quarter.
marked a terrific end to a stellar year," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in
a statement. "Our strong performance has been driven by a rapidly growing
digital economy, continuous product innovation that benefits both users and
advertisers, and by the extraordinary momentum of our newer businesses, such as
display and mobile."
results may offset the uncertainty surrounding the announcement of Schmidt's exit
on April 4 as CEO.
Co-founder Larry Page is taking over as CEO
and will oversee day-to-day
operations, including product and technology development. Google Co-founder
Sergey Brin is expected to work on special projects and products at Google.
Page and Brin,
who Schmidt joked on Twitter
no longer required "adult
supervision," were effusive in praise for their mentor on the company's Q4
stock, which closed down almost $5, rose $14 in after-hours trading, a signal
that investors improved of the move.
Google in 2001, with Page assuming the mantle of president of products and Brin
nabbing the president of technology role.
the company usher in dozens of Web services, including Gmail, Google News and,
perhaps most important, the Android operating system the company cultivated
through a 2005 acquisition and launched to open source in 2007.
Google had a
properly busy Q4, launching its Chrome Operating System test flight program by
dispensing thousands of Cr-48 notebooks
to media, analysts and company
off the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, with an uncharacteristically busy
December. On Dec. 6, the company launched both the Samsung Nexus S smartphone
and its long-awaited Google eBooks initiative
. None of these efforts
were likely particularly material for the quarter.
Land's Danny Sullivan, who has covered Google since its quiet inception, said
Google is probably overdue for a major
management reorganization after having the same structure for the last decade.
time, Google has transformed from a scrappy little underdog search engine into
a massive advertising and technological powerhouse. The start-up culture
seemingly has been largely swallowed by the inevitable bureaucracy that comes
with getting bigger. Meanwhile, it has faced challenges in convincing new and
key employees that it remains the place to be, versus rivals like
All of which
is to say, the threats from Facebook and Apple in mobile computing may have
facilitated Schmidt's push to the top.