Google-owned Alphabet Robust Revenue Progress Irrespective of Penalties and GDPR Worries

August 7, 2018


In spite of being hit with a $5bn EU penalty and concerns in relation to the effect of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Alphabet, a Google-owned firm, registered a second-quarter income of $32.7 billion, a 26% leap from the same period previous year as per its earnings report released lately.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told stockholders that the advertising platform is “firing all cylinders,” with ad income rising to $28.1 billion in Q2 2018, compared to $22.7 billion in Q2 2017.

Alphabet stock had dropped a tad lately after the European Union imposed a $5 billion penalty against Google. In spite of this penalty, and potential more inquiry under GDPR, this is the second successive quarter where Google-owned media drove a disproportionate share of Alphabet’s income growth. Publishers listed in the Google network saw around $600 million more than during the same period previous year, while Google properties increasing income by nearly $5 billion.

Google’s TAC (Traffic Acquisition Costs), as a fraction of total advertising income, increased to 23% from 22% in 2017. Pichai and CFO Ruth Porat cautioned stockholders that the fraction will carry on to increase for the predictable future since mobile search has higher acquisition costs.

Pichai declined to guess on GDPR effects and the strategies that the firm will use to tackle the concerns in relation to the new EU rule. He said “It’s super important to get it right. It’s been a big modification for several of our partners too, so we are working closely with regulators and partners, but it’s too early to inform.”

He also declined to comment on possible changes to the Android operating systems after the EU antitrust commission indicted Google last week with infringing on other search facilities by pre-installing facilities like the Chrome browser and the Play Store on smartphones.

Ruth Porat, the chief financial officer of Alphabet and Google, on a conference call for investors said: “Our investments are driving great experiences for users, solid outcomes for advertisers, and new business openings for Alphabet and Google. We’re satisfied with the continuing momentum in our advertising businesses”.