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Microsoft to “channel Inventory Drawdown for Xbox Consoles” During Q4 FY14, Says CFO

Posted on the 25 April 2014 by Sameo452005 @iSamKulii
Microsoft to “channel inventory drawdown for Xbox consoles” during Q4 FY14, says CFO
Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said during the company’s Q3 FY14 call to investors last night there are plans to “channel inventory drawdown for Xbox consoles”.
A drawdown in inventory is when a company reduces the available amount of inventory. Drawdowns can help determine the company’s financial risk, and in this case, the drawdown discussed by Hood implies Microsoft has more inventory that it can push at the moment; therefore, it has the option of doing one of two things: slow shipments to retail down or slow or stop the manufacturing process.
Most likely this will come by a price drop of some sort, and it will most likely happen this year.
“Xbox One has sold in over 5 million units since launch and engagement has been high with users spending nearly 5 hours per day on their console,” said Hoot. “We will continue to extend the unique entertainment value proposition of Xbox One, particularly in markets outside of the U.S. where some services aren’t as mature.
“Xbox 360 sales exceeded our expectations this quarter. And across the platform, Xbox Live members continued to embrace the service with transactional revenue growing 17%. We do expect to work through some inventory in Q4.
“Devices and Consumer licensing, we expect [Q4] revenue to be $4.1 billion to $4.3 billion. In hardware, we expect revenue to be $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion in what is a seasonally slower hardware quarter.
“This number also reflects channel inventory drawdown for Xbox consoles. In devices and consumer other, we expect revenue to be about $1.9 billion.”

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