How the Amazon share price has risen over time, management changes that we know about

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How the Amazon share price has risen over time, management changes that we know about

 How the Amazon share price has risen over time, management changes that we know about

Summary

  • Amazon has shown steady revenue growth and increasing profit margins in the past few years.
  • The Company has demonstrated a capability to outperform in such crisis times with financial ability and superior global infrastructure.
  • The tech giant, like other players within the sector, witnessed growing demand amid the pandemic-induced lockdowns reporting YoY sales growth of 26% and 40% in Q1 and Q2 FY20 results, respectively.
  • Amazon’s executive Jeff Wilke, who was often considered as a potential successor to Jeff Bezos, is stepping down from the Company in early 2021.

Tech behemoth Amazon Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), with a market capitalisation of US$1.676 trillion and having multiple business units, is currently generating a steady revenue growth and rising profit margins.

Over the last couple of years, and even during the coronavirus crisis times when most of the companies are struggling to stay afloat, Amazon, a part of FAANG stocks, has been reporting growth after growth and increasing headcount regularly. The Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud computing player could be one of the few companies that seem to be immune to the COVID-19 effects.

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As the coronavirus cases rose, people were compelled to stay at home and businesses were shut for many months. Amazon saw an opportunity in this, and instead of cutting down on operations, it took charge and benefited from the consumer behaviour and continued with adequate services. The lockdown saw a surge in sales with Amazon reporting a 26% increase in net sales in Q1 2020, and more recently, a 40% jump in Q2. As a source of entertainment during the lockdown, a lot of customers also joined the Amazon Prime customer reward program. Currently, about 69 million people subscribe to Amazon Prime in the US.

Amazon has shown a capability to outperform in such crisis times with financial ability and superior global infrastructure.

Amazon Inc 6-Month Share Price Movement (Source:Nasdaq)

Amazon Inc 6-Month Share Price Movement (Source:Nasdaq)

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Amazon share price on the rise:

Amazon, a cloud-computing & e-commerce giant, has most of the sales coming from retailing, and it is usually valued at the discount to revenue. The Company is generating most of its income from warehousing and delivery. The AMZN shares are getting recommendations from the analysts in the market, and investors are also keeping an eye on the stock. Its shares, last month, took a roller coaster ride from high to low in a day.

Earlier, On 16 March, Amazon share price hit a one-year low when health crisis fear struck the stock markets. Currently, the Amazon share price has nearly doubled. Before the pandemic, its shares were stuck in a phase and only moved sideways, a situation which makes investors worry about their significant investments and the e-commerce giant started facing the pressure. However, the pandemic changed the market dynamics resulting in increased demand from the consumers locked at home.

It had a 2-for-1 stock split in 1998 when Amazon was a small company. The second stock split was 3-for-1 in January 1999 after which its share price surged about 755% in just seven months. The Company saw its last split 2-for-1 in September 1999. The share price has witnessed outstanding gains since Amazon’s introduction on the stock market. If one had invested US$10k in the Company back in 1997 at US$18 per share, that investment would have worth more than US$22 million on 25 August 2020.

Amazon share price stood at US$3346.49 on 25 August 2020, up 1.18% from its previous close. Experts believe the stock will hit US$3700 to US$4000 before the year ends.

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Opportunities during the pandemic crisis:

When most companies were laying off employees and implementing cost-cutting, Amazon surprised the world with hiring 100,000 more workers and then again added 75,000 workers worldwide. To cope up with the salary of the employees, the Company increased its investment to more than US$500 million from US$350 million.

In 2017, Amazon acquired Whole Foods Markets worth US$13.4 billion, and it also invested heavily in cloud computing, transportation, video content and online video services. Amazon Prime competes against Netflix (Nasdaq:NFLX). It also has a footprint in the smart speakers' industry with a leading product called Echo.

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Few of its recent successful acquisitions are:

Recent management changes:

Amazon’s executive Jeff Wilke is stepping down from the Company in early 2021. Wilke has been with Amazon since 1999 and was often considered as a potential successor to Jeff Bezos. The Company’s Retail Operations Senior Vice President Dave Clark will take over Wilke’s position.

The retirement announcement has come as a surprise as he is one of the long-tenured executives. Jeffrey aka Jeff Wilke has headed Amazon’s worldwide consumer unit since 2016.

Jeff Wilke was considered Jeff Bezos left hand and was promoted as chief executive of Amazon's Worldwide Consumer business in 2016. He has overseen Amazon’s massive online marketplace and its operations, technology, and marketing, and led Amazon Prime.

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A steady Double-Digit Growth and impressive Q2 Results:

Amazon has been reporting double-digit revenue for a few years now. In 2019, its revenue increased by over 20% compared to 2018 figures, which in turn, were ~31% higher than 2017 numbers.

For Q2 FY2020, the Company recorded adjusted earnings of US$10.30 per share, dwarfing Wall Street’s estimate of US$1.48 per share. Amazon’s reported revenue of US$88.9 billion was also considerably higher than the consensus estimates of US$81.4 billion.

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