Alphabet: Operating Income, by year
YearOperating income,
in million USD
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: 2015 to 2023
  • Published: Jan 2024

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Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Significant growth in Alphabet's operating income from 2015 to 2023

Alphabet's operating income saw a dramatic increase, nearly quadrupling from 19,360 million USD in 2015 to 84,293 million USD in 2023. This growth highlights the company's expanding operational efficiency and profitability over the eight-year period.

Year-over-year operating income growth in 2023 stands out

The year 2023 marked Alphabet's highest annual increase in operating income, with a surge of 12.6% from 74,842 million USD in 2022 to 84,293 million USD. This significant growth underscores Alphabet's strong operational performance in the most recent fiscal year.

Consistent growth trend with a notable acceleration post-2020

Alphabet's operating income has consistently grown year-over-year, with a notable acceleration post-2020. The operating income jumped 57.6% from 41,224 million USD in 2020 to 78,714 million USD in 2021, reflecting a robust recovery and growth momentum following the initial impacts of the global situation.

The lowest annual growth rate occurred between 2018 and 2019

The period between 2018 and 2019 witnessed Alphabet's lowest annual growth rate in operating income, at approximately 24.4%, increasing from 27,524 million USD to 34,231 million USD. Despite being the smallest increase, it still signifies substantial year-over-year growth.

Operating income more than doubled in five years

From 2017 to 2022, Alphabet's operating income more than doubled, escalating from 26,178 million USD to 74,842 million USD. This doubling of operating income within five years showcases Alphabet's ability to significantly enhance its profitability and operational success.

The trend of increasing operating margins

Alphabet's operating income trend suggests an increasing operating margin, indicative of the company's growing ability to translate revenue into operating profit. This trend is crucial for investors and analysts assessing the company's financial health and operational efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

How has Alphabet's operating income changed in recent years?

Alphabet's operating income nearly quadrupled from 19,360 million USD in 2015 to 84,293 million USD in 2023.

Terms and Definitions

Alphabet is a multinational conglomerate and the parent company of Google, what was previously the standalone company was restructured into Alphabet in 2015. The organization includes numerous industries such as technology, life sciences, investment capital, and more.

Operating income is a measure of a company's profitability from its core business operations, before taking into account interest and taxes. It is calculated by deducting all operating expenses like wages, depreciation, and cost of goods sold, from the firm’s total revenue.

Revenue refers to the total amount of money that a company brings in during a certain period due to its business activities, such as the selling of goods and services to its customers. It is the top line or gross income figure from which costs are subtracted to determine net income.

Operating expenses are the costs associated with a company's normal business operations, such as wages, utilities, maintenance and repairs, rent, sales, and general and administrative expenses. Operating expenses do not include cost of goods sold (materials, direct labor, manufacturing overhead) or capital expenditures (larger expenses such as buildings and machines).

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) is the direct costs attributable to the production of the goods sold in a company. This typically includes the cost of the raw materials and the direct labor expenses needed to produce a good. It doesn't include indirect expenses like distribution costs and sales force costs.

Net income, also known as net profit or the bottom line, is a measure of a company's profitability. It is calculated by subtracting all of a company’s expenses, including operating costs, material costs, tax payments, and interest payments, from its total revenue.

Interest and taxes refer to the costs a company incurs due to borrowed capital and taxes imposed by the government. These are deducted after operating income when computing for a company's net income. Interest refers to the cost of borrowing money, while taxes are fiscal charges by the government.

Profitability refers to a company's ability to generate earnings as compared to its expenses and other costs incurred during a specific period of time. It's a measurement of the company’s efficiency at being profitable and a key determinant of its financial health. High profitability indicates that a company is managing its costs and operations well.
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