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Amazon: Six Stunning Facts to Know Before Earnings


Written by Ophir Gottlieb and Jason Hitchings

Amazon is part of an elite group creating a new era in business, but there are six stunning facts surrounding the firm that could not only affect this earnings release, but much more importantly, drive the future yet higher for the stock.

Here is a chart of the largest firms in the world and the amount they spend on Research & Development ( R & D):

It's the secret hidden in plain day light -- Amazon spends more on R&D than every company in the world in every sector. We have highlighted Alphabet / Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) as well.

Amazon's R&D allows them to blaze a trail toward a fundamentally different economy. But this fact is trumped by the next four.

By now we all know that Amazon dominates the e-commerce world. Here's the size of that segment from our friends at Statista:


Retail e-commerce in the United States will rise to $534 billion in 2019. That's 60% growth from last year. Now, here are some facts that are mind bending:

Macquarie Research reported via the NY Times:

"Of every additional $1 Americans spent for items online this year, Amazon captured 51 cents."

Source: NY Times

But there's an even more staggering result: In the entire United States, for all of retail sales both online and off-line, there was a total of $94 billion in growth. Of that $94 billion, Amazon accounted for $22 billion. Yes, Amazon accounted for 25% of US retail growth from every store, resource and platform available to mankind.

So, as retail sales in the US putter along at a 1.7% growth-year-over-year, Amazon revenue is growing several times that level. It turns out the at Amazon's Prime service customers are the real river, when if accounted for properly may drive nearly $70 billion a year in e-commerce sales.

Robbie Schwietzer, vice-president of Amazon Prime said way back in 2010:

"In all my years here, I don't remember anything that has been as successful at getting customers to shop in new product lines."

Source: Time

Whike Facebook is openly struggling with relevancy as engagement rates are plummeting, two techgiants haveneverbeen more relevant. The first is Apple, which has seen its market share of teenager smartphone power users rise to an almost absurd 70%. But, here's another incredible fact: Teenagers overwhelmingly prefer to shop on Amazon. Check out this chart from the Business Insider:


According to Piper Jaffray and Business Insider that 41% market share has grown from 31% in Spring 2014 and 35% in Spring 2015 "and crushes the two sites tied for second place, Nike and Forever 21 at 5% apiece."

This is just piece of the future growth for Amazon.

While many Wall Street analysts would have you believe that the cloud business is a race to the bottom (in pricing), so far, they've been dead wrong. Here is a chart of the cloud computing market moving forward:


Now to Amazon: JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) analysts conducted a survey of 207 chief information officers at companies with a budget of $600 million or more annually. So, these are indeed legitimately large players that will shape the purchasing power of the near future. Here's what they said:

CIOs describe AWS as "a transformative power whose impacts will be felt in technology, process, development, etc."

They comment on a "Paradigm shift – AWS enabled everything to be hosted in the cloud."

Amazon Web Services (AWS) already drives fully 50% of operating profit while making up just 8% of revenue for the company. It's famously known for hosting Netflix's (NASDAQ:NFLX) video streaming, which at peak hours accounts for 30% of the entire United States bandwidth. And of course, now Amazon is competing with Netflix for that very streaming video on demand (SVOD) segment.

Facebook generates 97% of its revenue from online advertising and Google drives about 80% from it. These are the two giants at a nearly unprecedented level. The value proposition to either advertise to people on Facebook using all of their personal (and friends') information to create the perfect ad for the perfect person, or to use Google's search engine results to immediately place an ad of perfect relevance has created an unbreakable wall to the segment formed by the two mega caps.

That was the conventional thinking until Amazon had a brilliant thought: "How valuable is an advertisement placed at the very moment a purchase is going to be made?" For those that know Amazon, they going to find out, here's what the firm is doing:

We learned from Bloomberg that Amazon is now getting into web advertising surrounding Prime Now.

Amazon is trying to sell advertising space to major brands [] promising them visibility with tens of millions of Amazon shoppers. The premium "Launch Hero Package" would cost $500,000 for about two weeks of placement on Amazon's website associated with the rollout [of Prime Now].
The article goes on to read: The Web rollout tied to an ad campaign suggests Amazon is getting more aggressive in charging brands for access to its customers. This is similar to how supermarkets charge for more-visible shelf space in physical stores."

It's the quiet secret that has Facebook and Google so shaken that the two firms have now shot back by opening up an ecosystem for shopping on their sites. Now that is a battle for the ages.

Now this one may make you throw something at your monitor, or if you're reading this on mobile, perhaps you'll just throw your phone or tablet on the ground. Here we go:

" and Microsoft are in talks about taking a minority stake in HERE, a digital mapping business controlled by Germany's luxury car makers to help develop self-driving cars".

Source: Reuters

While this surrounds the cloud in order to store data, given Amazon's appetite for R&D, innovation and competition, it seems possible if not likely that Amazon at least enters the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) world, if not a step further. Here's the motivation:


With 134% compounded-annual-growth rate for the next five years ending at 10 million cars by 2020 and projections after 2020 that are absurdly large -- there's just no way Amazon doesn't step in here. Amazon has now bumped into some new competitors: Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota (NYSE:TM), Apple, Google and BMW, not to mention Mobileye (NASDAQ:MBLY) and perhaps even Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA).

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