Google Financial Statement Slips Out Early, Stock Takes Hit Over Lower Net Income

We just talked a little earlier today about Nokia’s most recent financial filing, detailing its third quarter earnings. It’s that time of year when we’ll be seeing this info from many companies in the smartphone business, but the news doesn’t always go over so well. Google finds itself in a bit of a sticky situation, where its own quarterly statement was unintentionally released prematurely, and the information contained within has led to a drop in its stock price.

It’s not like Google’s not still making a ton of money; in Q3 2012, it reports $14.1 billion in actual revenue, with its net take adding up to $2.18 billion. The problem is that the net income is below what might have been expected; over the same period last year, Google netted $2.73 billion, and that was only out of $9.72 billion gross income. Google may be taking in more money, but it’s ultimately keeping a smaller share of it.

When the market got this info, it responded by driving Google’s share price down some $40. Realizing what was going on, Google halted trading for the time being, until it officially releases these figures and subsequently holds its earnings call with investors. Google blames its financial printer, RR Donnelley, for releasing the incomplete documents early.

Source: SEC
Via: The Verge

Share This Post

Watch the Latest Pocketnow Videos

About The Author
Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!