Announces Second Quarter Sales up 31% to $30.4 Billion, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Operating cash flow increased 42% to $12.7 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $7.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $3.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases increased to $2.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an outflow of $492 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015.


Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 495 million on June 30, 2016, compared with 488 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 31% to $30.4 billion in the second quarter, compared with $23.2 billion in second quarter 2015. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on net sales was $166 million.

Operating income was $1.3 billion in the second quarter, compared with $464 million in second quarter 2015.

Net income was $857 million in the second quarter, or $1.78 per diluted share, compared with $92 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in second quarter 2015.

“It’s been a busy few months for Amazon around the world, and particularly in India — where we launched a new AWS Region, introduced Prime with unlimited free shipping, and announced that Prime Video is coming soon, offering Prime members in India exclusive access to Amazon Original Series and Movies — including original content featuring top Indian creators and talent,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of “The team in India is inventing at a torrid pace, and we’re very grateful to our Indian customers for their welcoming response.”


The second annual Prime Day was the biggest day ever for Amazon, and was also a record day for Amazon devices globally. Compared to Prime Day 2015, worldwide orders grew by more than 60%, orders from third-party sellers with Prime Day deals nearly tripled, and Prime members saved over twice as much on deals.

Amazon launched Prime in India. With Prime, Indian customers in over 100 cities can enjoy unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery on hundreds of thousands of eligible products from India’s largest online shopping selection. Sellers using Fulfillment by Amazon now automatically provide customers with unlimited fast, free delivery. Prime Video is coming, offering Prime members exclusive access to Amazon Original Series and Movies, and premium movies and TV shows from Indian and global content providers.

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Fire TV, the #1 best-selling streaming media player in the U.S., continues to add new features, including expanded Alexa integration that enables customers to ask Alexa to play TV shows and movies, music, launch apps, and more.
Amazon now has over 1,900 third party skills for Alexa, including new skills from Kayak, Lyft (LYFT), NBC, Honeywell, and more.

Amazon introduced the all-new $79.99 Kindle, which is thinner and lighter compared to the previous generation Kindle at the same price, and includes built-in Bluetooth audio support and the VoiceView screen reader that enables visually impaired users to read books without an adapter.

Amazon Dash Button added 50 new brands to the program, which now has over 150 buttons including Campbell’s Soup, Cascade, FIJI Water, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, and Play-Doh.

Amazon introduced exclusive offers on unlocked Android phones for Prime members: the all-new BLU R1 HD for $49.99 and the all-new Moto G4 for $149.99, both $50 off retail price.

Amazon Studios received 16 Emmy nominations for Original Series Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, and Catastrophe. For the second year in a row, Transparent was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jeffrey Tambor).

Amazon Studios is in production on a slate of Original Series that will premiere exclusively for Prime members this fall, including new seasons of Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Transparent, Golden Globe-winning Mozart in the Jungle, the second season of the critically-acclaimed drama The Man in the High Castle, the first seasons of Good Girls Revolt, Goliath, and Woody Allen’s first-ever TV series, and the new series from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, The Grand Tour.

Amazon Original Kids Series Tumble Leaf and Niko and the Sword of Light won a combined four Daytime Emmy Awards.

Amazon Studios will release several critically-acclaimed films in theaters this fall, including Manchester by the Sea, The Handmaiden, and Gleason, joining Woody Allen’s recently released Café Society now in theaters. Each film will be available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Video following its theatrical release.

Amazon launched Amazon Video Direct, a new self-service program for creators to make their video content available to Amazon customers through many distribution options, including Prime Video, one-time purchase, rental, or ad-supported viewing.

Amazon Business now serves more than 400,000 businesses and generated more than $1 billion in sales in its first year. Amazon Business has more than 30,000 third-party sellers who fulfill over half of Amazon Business orders.
Amazon Prime Air and the U.K. government announced a partnership to advance the safe use of drones for small parcel delivery, providing Amazon with permission to trial new methods, including beyond line-of-sight operation.

Amazon launched the Pan-European Fulfillment Program, a service that helps sellers of all sizes more efficiently export their products to millions of Amazon customers across Europe while allowing customers to benefit from faster delivery and lower shipping costs.

AmazonFresh launched in London, the first international location to provide this offering. In the U.S., AmazonFresh launched in Boston, joining northern and southern California, northern New Jersey, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and Seattle.

Since launching in Mexico one year ago, Amazon has expanded unique selection to over 50 million items and added categories including Toys & Games, Office Supplies, and Amazon Fashion. was the most visited e-commerce site and the most downloaded mobile shopping app in India in the second quarter, according to third-party reports.

Amazon Marketplace announced the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneur Conference, which will be held in August in Seattle. The full-day event will bring together over 300 women entrepreneurs and business owners from around the world to network and learn from experts on how to grow, lead, and scale a business on Amazon.

Amazon announced that Career Choice, the program that pre-pays 95% of tuition and books for courses that teach in-demand skills, began to open-source its program roadmap and lessons learned with other companies. Since launching four years ago, over 7,000 Amazon associates across ten countries have participated in Career Choice.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that Salesforce selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. For the first time, Salesforce will expand use of AWS to Salesforce’s core services — including Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and more — for the company’s planned international infrastructure expansion.

AWS announced the industry’s first fully-managed, cloud-based file system, Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). Amazon EFS is a new service that makes it easy to set up and scale file storage in the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to create petabyte scale file systems with gigabytes of throughput that are accessible to multiple Amazon EC2 instances and can support thousands of concurrent client connections with consistent performance.

AWS launched its Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, the sixth AWS Region in Asia Pacific. With this launch, AWS provides 35 Availability Zones across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally.

AWS announced the availability of X1 instances, a new Memory Optimized instance for Amazon EC2. X1 instances have 2 TB of memory — the most memory available in any cloud instance offered today by any cloud provider. Powered by the latest Intel processors and certified by SAP, X1 instances are ideal for running in-memory databases like SAP HANA, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high performance computing (HPC) workloads.

AWS also announced that SAP business-critical applications are gaining momentum on AWS as customers including GE Oil & Gas (GOGI), Kellogg’s, Brooks Brothers, Ferrara Candy Company, GPT Group, Hoya Corporation, Lionsgate, Macmillan Publishers India, RWE Czech Republic, and Bart & Associates Inc., are running SAP on AWS.
AWS achieved the new FedRAMP High compliance certification, giving U.S. government agencies the ability to use the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive applications and workloads like patient records, financial data, and law enforcement data.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect’s expectations as of July 28, 2016, and are subject to substantial uncertainty. Our results are inherently unpredictable and may be materially affected by many factors, such as fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and customer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet (HHH), online commerce, and cloud services, and the various factors detailed below.

Third Quarter 2016 Guidance

Net sales are expected to be between $31.0 billion and $33.5 billion, or to grow between 22% and 32% compared with third quarter 2015.

Operating income is expected to be between $50 million and $650 million, compared with $406 million in third quarter 2015.

This guidance assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded.

These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Actual results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, in addition to the factors discussed above, the amount that invests in new business opportunities and the timing of those investments, the mix of products and services sold to customers, the mix of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent to which we owe income taxes, competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and expansion, the outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment, sortation, delivery, and data center optimization, risks of inventory management, seasonality, the degree to which the Company enters into, maintains, and develops commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, payments risks, and risks of fulfillment throughput and productivity. Other risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks related to new products, services, and technologies, system interruptions, government regulation and taxation, and fraud. In addition, the current global economic climate amplifies many of these risks. More information about factors that potentially could affect’s financial results is included in’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

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About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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