Google crosses Apple
02 February 2015, Nirapad News: Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable company after its latest earnings report.
The company made a profit of $4.9bn for the fourth quarter, an increase from $4.7bn a year ago. The announcement sent its share price up as much as 9% in after-hours trading, reports the BBC. That means that Alphabet is now worth around $568bn, compared with Apple, which has a value of $535bn.
It is the first time that Alphabet has separated out the results of its Google business – which includes the search engine and YouTube – from its ‘Other Bets’ business, which includes more experimental ventures such as self-driving cars and internet balloon programs.
On an annual basis, Alphabet made $16.3bn but the figures show that the ‘Other Bets’ business lost $3.6bn during the period, while Google’s operating income rose to $23.4bn, as online advertising increased.
‘It looks like Google continues to execute on mobile (advertising),’ said Neil Doshi managing director of research at Mizuho Securities.
‘Two or three years ago mobile was a big head wind for Google. There were concerns that it (had) a negative impact on its desktop business, but as mobile takes over for more searches, mobile ads are becoming closer in value to the desktop ads.’