$15bn a year: YouTube reveals its ad revenues for the first time

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced the revenues in his first quarterly earnings release as head of company

Dominic Rushe


Mon 3 Feb 2020 22.11 GMTLast modified on Mon 3 Feb 2020 23.08 GMT


Google’s YouTube advertising revenues topped $1bn a month in 2019, the company announced on Monday, the first time it has revealed how much money the streaming service brings in.

But the news was not enough to satisfy investors who sold off shares in Alphabet, Google’s parent company, when it announced revenues for the last quarter that were below expectations. Shares fell 4% after the markets closed.

Sundar Pichai, Alphabet’s chief executive, has promised more transparency at the company following his elevation and the decision of founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page to step down from day-to-day operations.

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In his first quarterly earnings release as head of Alphabet, Pichai revealed YouTube had revenues of $15.15bn in revenue in 2019, with $4.72bn in the fourth quarter alone. The figures do not include YouTube’s non-advertising revenue, like subscriptions for YouTube TV, which are included in Google’s other revenue segment.

Google’s fast growing cloud business, where it is fighting for market share with Amazon and Microsoft, generated $8.92bn in revenue in 2019, with $2.61bn generated in the fourth quarter.

Overall revenues jumped 17.3% to $46bn, below analysts’ forecasts of $46.94bn and the company’s worst fourth-quarter revenue growth since 2015. The company made a profit of $10.6bn over the quarter and $34.4bn over 2019.

“Our investments in deep computer science, including artificial intelligence, ambient computing and cloud computing, provide a strong base for continued growth and new opportunities across Alphabet,” said Pichai.

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