Amazon.com, Inc. announced its financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021. During the quarter Amazon’s operating cash flow increased by 69% to $67.2 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $39.7 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020.
The company’s Net sales increased 44% to $108.5 billion in the first quarter, compared with $75.5 billion in first-quarter 2020. Excluding the $2.1 billion favorable impacts from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 41% compared with the first quarter of 2020.
Free cash flow increased to $26.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $24.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020. Free cash flow less principal repayments of finance leases and financing obligations increased to $14.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $14.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020.
Free cash flow less equipment finance leases and principal repayments of all other finance leases and financing obligations increased to $16.8 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $11.7 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020.
Amazon’s Operating income increased to $8.9 billion in the first quarter, compared with operating income of $4.0 billion in the first quarter of 2020. While the Net income increased to $8.1 billion in the first quarter, or $15.79 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.5 billion, or $5.01 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2020.
First Quarter: Highlights
Amazon’s Vision to be Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work
- Amazon ranked #1 in the U.S. on LinkedIn’s 2021 Top Companies, an annual list identifying the most sought-after places to work based on their ability to attract and retain the best talent, including promotions, opportunities for employees to learn new skills, hiring people from all backgrounds and levels of education, and gender diversity. In addition, Amazon ranked #2 on the Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies list and #3 on Boston Consulting Group’s Most Innovative Companies list.
- In partnership with government and public health officials across the globe, Amazon is rapidly expanding on-site COVID-19 vaccination programs for its front-line employees and contractors. In addition to offering COVID-19 testing on-site, Amazon has hosted vaccination events at fulfillment centers, sort centers, delivery stations, and AWS data centers in 29 states, reaching more than 300,000 front-line employees and contractors. In some locations, Amazon opened the vaccination program to employee household members. Given the vaccination program’s progress in the U.S., it will soon expand to front-line employees in other countries.
- Amazon is committed to leading the way for workplaces around the world to proactively manage—and prevent—work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) by drawing on expertise in innovation and technology, and collaborating with proven thought leaders and scientists. MSDs are common in the type of work done in warehouse operations and are more likely to occur during an employee’s first six months. Amazon’s increased attention to early MSD prevention is already achieving results. From 2019 to 2020, overall MSDs decreased by 32% and MSDs resulting in time away from work decreased by more than half.
- Amazon is expanding its workplace health and safety program WorkingWell with the aim of cutting recordable incident rates by 50% by 2025. WorkingWell is currently available to 859,000 employees at 350 sites across North America and Europe. Through the program, small groups of employees are coached on body mechanics, proactive wellness, and safety. In addition to reducing workplace injuries, these concepts have a positive impact on regular day-to-day activities and have contributed to reducing MSD recordable incident rates.
- Since 2020, in partnership with Crossover Health, Amazon opened 17 neighborhood health centers for employees and their families in the areas around Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Phoenix, Arizona; and San Bernardino, California. Centers are located next to where employees live and work to provide affordable, convenient, and high quality health care, and patients report a 90% satisfaction score. Amazon is evaluating expansion of the program so that even more employees can access quality care whenever, and wherever, they need it.
- Amazon is fitting delivery vehicles with camera safety technology and artificial intelligence to capture real-time data (such as following safe distance and road conditions) to identify at-risk driving events. These technologies are used to help keep drivers and the communities where Amazon delivers safe. When this technology was piloted in 2020 on over two million miles of delivery routes, crashes decreased 48%, stop sign violations decreased 20%, driving without a seatbelt decreased 60%, and distracted driving decreased 45%.
- Amazon shared comprehensive companywide goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for 2021. Goals include increasing representation of women in tech and science roles, doubling the number of Black directors and VPs for the second year in a row, and having 100% of Amazon employees take inclusion training. In addition, to evaluate progress over time, Amazon increased the amount and specificity of the data shared publicly about its employees. The expanded dataset includes representation by job type, such as front-line associates and corporate employees, and expands historical data to the past three years.
- Amazon pulled forward its annual fall pay review for its U.S. Customer Fulfillment, Delivery, Package Sortation, and Specialty Fulfillment teams, and will be rolling out increases from mid-May through early June. More than 500,000 people will see an increase between at least 50 cents and $3 an hour, which is an investment of over $1 billion in incremental pay for these employees.
- In India, Amazon announced it has added nearly 300,000 new direct and indirect jobs since its last announcement in January 2020, putting the company on track to meet its pledge to create an additional one million new jobs in India by 2025.
- Amazon donated and delivered relief and emergency aid supplies—including over one million bottles of water and thousands of items such as flashlights, tents, and search and rescue equipment—to communities impacted by the winter storm crisis in Texas and Mississippi in February and severe storms in Tennessee and Alabama in March.
- Amazon Future Engineer, the company’s computer science education program for students from underserved communities, launched in France and Canada. With this expansion, the program now reaches over one million students globally each year. Amazon Future Engineer also donated $15 million to Code.org to develop a new equity-minded Advanced Placement computer science curriculum, which aims to increase access, participation, and long-term success for high school students from communities underrepresented in tech.
- Amazon announced a year-long partnership with The King Memorial Foundation, the organization responsible for building and maintaining the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Over the next year, AWS will support the Memorial Foundation’s Social Justice Fellows Program, which aims to help program participants develop their professional skills by providing them with mentorship opportunities with Amazon employees, as well as free cloud and STEM training and certification. For the partnership kick-off, Amazon joined the Foundation in a Day of Service project, delivering essential, personal care items to shelters in seven D.C. wards.
- Since January, Amazon has opened its Seattle campus to Virginia Mason Franciscan Health for public COVID-19 vaccinations. As of April 15, nearly 50,000 immunizations have been administered to the public through weekend pop-up clinics staffed by Amazon and community volunteers. Amazon is also providing volunteers and technology to support the Washington State vaccine call center. Since the initiative launched in late March, the system has processed over 100,000 calls and has eliminated wait times.
- Amazon continued its efforts to support children in need across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the UK, Amazon donated 10,000 Fire tablets to schools lacking technology and delivered more than four million breakfasts to children in need through charity partner Magic Breakfast. In Italy and Spain, Amazon donated millions of euros to over 35,000 schools through a program that allows customers to choose the schools to which Amazon will donate.
- Since 2019, Amazon has worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state agencies to ensure customers in nearly all 50 states can shop for groceries on Amazon using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Amazon remains committed to increasing food access in the U.S.—especially in healthy food priority areas—and is helping raise awareness among residents about the convenient, safe, and affordably priced grocery delivery options Amazon offers their communities. As part of its ongoing work to increase food access, Amazon is establishing partnerships with local anti-hunger organizations to assist communities in need.
- Amazon added new Alexa features to help provide localized answers to questions on COVID-19 testing and vaccine eligibility, including the ability for customers to find and call nearby vaccine locations for booking appointments.
- Ring announced a new community program with Kids Off the Block, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on providing local at-risk youth a care center for personal growth and empowerment. Ring also donated 1,000 Ring Video Doorbells and Ring subscriptions to support families and individuals in Chicago neighborhoods.
- Amazon introduced the Alexa Hörfilm skill in Germany, providing blind and visually-impaired customers with access to more than 3,500 TV series and movies with audio description. The skill was developed and built together with DBSV, the German association of blind or visually-impaired persons, and participating TV stations ARD, ZDF, and ARTE.
The Climate Pledge
- Amazon continues to make progress toward powering all its businesses with 100% renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of the original target of 2030. Amazon has announced a total of 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 135 rooftop solar installations at facilities and stores worldwide. Amazon is now the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally as well as in Europe, where the company is investing in more than 2.5 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity—enough to power more than two million homes a year.
- Amazon welcomed 52 new signatories to The Climate Pledge, a commitment co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early and achieve net-zero carbon by 2040. More than 100 companies representing over $1.4 trillion in global annual revenues and over five million employees have now joined the pledge, sending an important signal to the market that there will be rapid growth in demand for products and services that help reduce carbon emissions. New signatories include Alaska Airlines, Colgate-Palmolive, HEINEKEN, PepsiCo, Telefónica, and Visa.
- The Climate Pledge Fund invested in Infinium, a renewable electrofuels solution provider, and Turntide Technologies, an electric motor company. These investments help Amazon and other companies meet the goals of The Climate Pledge as we all work together to protect the planet.
- Amazon announced a partnership with Mahindra Electric, a manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs), to deploy nearly 100 Treo Zor electric vehicles in seven Indian cities as part of Amazon India’s plan to include 10,000 EVs in its delivery fleet by 2025. These EVs are in addition to The Climate Pledge’s commitment to have 100,000 EVs in Amazon’s delivery fleet by 2030.
Empowering Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
- In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Amazon partnered with Diane von Furstenberg to help empower more than 100 women-owned businesses by launching dedicated women-owned small business stores in the U.S. and a dozen other countries around the world, making it easy for customers to discover and learn about women-owned sellers and shop from their selection of thousands of products. To help raise awareness of women-owned businesses and support their success, von Furstenberg hosted a virtual event on Amazon Live and shared her own experience and insights on being an entrepreneur.
- Amazon celebrated Black History Month by launching a Black-owned small business store with products from third-party sellers, enabling customers to discover and shop from Black business owners. Amazon also hosted an Amazon Live event with celebrities and entrepreneurs Tia Mowry and Karamo Brown during which Black Amazon sellers shared their insights about launching and building a small business.
- Amazon announced the Amazon Launchpad Innovation Awards, a free competition designed to support emerging, innovative European startups. A judging panel will select five startups to each win a €10,000 grant and free access to Amazon Launchpad for one year. The “Startup of the Year” winner will receive an additional €90,000 grant.
- Amazon India announced it has digitized 2.5 million small and medium-sized businesses, enabled cumulative exports worth $3 billion, and announced the $250 million Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund. The fund will encourage the best ideas to digitize small and medium-sized businesses, drive technology-led innovation in agriculture to improve farmer productivity, and enable healthcare access.
- Amazon India announced that more than 50,000 offline retailers and neighborhood stores joined the Local Shops on Amazon program in its first year. It also committed to bringing one million Local Shops online by 2025. Launched in April 2020, the Local Shops on Amazon program helps sellers sustain their livelihoods and jumpstart their businesses.
- There are now more than 200 million paid Prime members worldwide. Members have exclusive access to deals every day and especially during Prime Day, which will take place later in the second quarter.
- Amazon continues to innovate and invest in fast, free, and convenient delivery for customers. In the U.S., Same-Day Delivery in as fast as five hours is free on orders over $35 on over three million items in select cities. This is in addition to Free Same-Day Delivery on millions of items in thousands of cities and towns across 47 major U.S. metro areas, plus over 10 million items available for Free One-Day Delivery coast to coast. These fast and efficient deliveries are powered by Amazon’s last mile network of delivery driver partners—small businesses creating tens of thousands of new jobs across the country.
- Amazon continues to expand Amazon Scout, a fully electric autonomous delivery system. Similar in size to a small cooler on wheels, Amazon Scout rolls down the sidewalk at walking pace and delivers items right to customers. Since its launch, Scout has delivered tens of thousands of packages to customers in California, Georgia, Tennessee, and Washington, and the program is continuing to expand to new communities in the U.S.
- The new Prime prescription savings benefit offers pharmacy savings at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies in the U.S., including Amazon Pharmacy. Amazon has helped Prime members save millions of dollars on prescription medications so far this year when paying without insurance, both at Amazon Pharmacy and other local pharmacies.
- Amazon expanded Discover Rooms, an immersive shopping experience that helps customers browse and shop from thousands of home room designs and instantly discover home furnishing product inspiration based on visual attributes. The experience is now available in nine countries, including Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, and the U.S.
- Prime Wardrobe, Amazon’s “try before you buy” offering, expanded selection and launched new innovations for customers, including the ability to chat live with Amazon Stylists for personalized recommendations and trial items recommended by their favorite fashion influencers and websites.
- In the U.S., Amazon launched an expanded assortment of NFL merchandise, including replica jerseys and hats, at amazon.com/NFL. Customers can now shop thousands of additional products on Amazon from NFL Pro Line, Fanatics, New Era, Outerstuff, ’47, and other top brands. Amazon also made enhancements to the sports fan shopping experience, including improved navigation in Your Fanshop and personalized game celebrations for customers’ favorite teams.
- Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit continues to work aggressively with law enforcement, industry associations, brand owners, and academics to bring counterfeit to zero. Examples this quarter include working with the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center to prevent counterfeit Super Bowl LV merchandise from reaching consumers and partnering with Pennsylvania-based, family-owned card game maker Dutch Blitz and Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo to file lawsuits against multiple counterfeiters and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
- In March, Amazon launched Amazon.pl, offering Polish customers a selection of more than 100 million products across more than 30 categories, including products from thousands of European and local Polish businesses. Amazon has been operating in Poland since 2014, has created over 18,000 permanent jobs, and will open its tenth fulfillment center in Swiebodzin in 2021, adding more than 1,000 new jobs to Amazon’s existing network in Poland.
- Amazon opened its first international physical retail stores powered by Just Walk Out technology with the launch of three Amazon Fresh locations in London. These new convenience grocery stores sell a range of products, including the new “by Amazon” private brand, and enable shoppers to enter a store, grab what they want, and leave without stopping to check out. There are now 15 Amazon Fresh physical stores around the world.
- Amazon Fresh grocery stores expanded into four new communities in the U.S.: Oak Lawn, Illinois; Bloomingdale, Illinois; Fullerton, California; and Long Beach, California, creating hundreds of regular full- and part-time jobs in each community with starting wages of at least $15 per hour and comprehensive benefits.
- Amazon announced that millions of Prime members now have access to Key In-Garage Grocery Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns in the U.S., enabling them to enjoy free, contactless, and secure in-garage delivery of grocery orders from Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh.
- Amazon One—a fast, convenient, contactless way for people to use their palm to enter, identify, and pay—launched as a payment option at Whole Foods Market, starting with the Madison Broadway store in Seattle. Amazon One will be added as a payment option at additional Whole Foods Market stores in the Seattle area in the coming months.
- Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, announced the opening of two checkout-free convenience stores using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology at TD Garden, an entertainment venue in Boston and home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.
- Amazon Business, the company’s global procurement solution, now serves more than five million businesses and generated $25 billion in worldwide annualized sales. More than half of unit sales are from third-party sellers, such as women-, minority-, or veteran-owned businesses that have been certified by U.S. diversity-certifying organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. In the U.S., Amazon Business serves 45 states and 80 of the Fortune 100 companies, including Citigroup, Intel, Cisco, and ExxonMobil.
- Amazon continues to expand its air cargo network to meet growing customer demand. In January, the company announced the purchase of 11 aircraft from Delta and WestJet to expand its Amazon Air fleet to more than 85 aircraft by the end of 2022. Amazon also announced new Amazon Air sites in Toledo, Ohio and Fairbanks, Alaska, and plans to expand existing operations in Canada this summer.