Category: revenue

What Does it Cost to Run Big Business?


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The cost to run big business

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The Briefing

  • The cost of running a Fortune 500 company can easily exceed $100 billion annually
  • Walmart’s operating costs in 2020 were equal to 70% of U.S. military spending

What Does it Cost to Run Big Business?

How much does it cost to run one of America’s largest corporations? For household names like Apple, Costco and Walmart, well over $100 billion each year.

To get a better sense of their massive scale, this chart compiles financial data from some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, and includes U.S. military spending as an additional point of comparison.

EntityCost of Operations, USD billionsRevenues, USD billionsOperating Margin, %
U.S. Military Spending$778N/AN/A
Walmart$537$5594%
Amazon$363$3866%
Apple$170$27538%
CVS Health$255$2695%
Berkshire Hathaway$231$2466%
Alphabet$142$18322%
ExxonMobil$210$182-15%
AT&T$165$1724%
Costco Wholesale$161$1674%

To determine each company’s total cost of operations, we combined its selling, general & administrative expense (SG&A) and its cost of goods sold (Read more...)

How Robinhood’s explosive growth rate came to be



This afternoon Robinhood filed to go public. TechCrunch’s first look at its results can be found here. Now that we’ve done a first dig, we can take the time to dive into the company’s filing more deeply.

Robinhood’s IPO has long been anticipated not only because there are billions of dollars in capital riding on its impending liquidity, but also because the company became something of a poster child for the savings and investing boom that 2020 saw and the COVID-19 pandemic helped engender.

The consumer trading service’s products became so popular and enmeshed in popular culture thanks to both the “stonks” movement and the larger GameStop brouhaha, that the company’s public offering carries much more weight than that of a more regular venture-backed entity. Robinhood has fans, haters, and many an observer in Congress.

Regardless of all that, today we are digging into the company’s business and financial results. So, if you want to better understand how Robinhood makes money, and how profitable or not it really is, this is for you.

We will start with a more in-depth look at growth and profitability, pivot to learning about the company’s revenue makeup, discuss a risk factor or two, and close on its decision to offer some of its own shares to its users. Let’s go!

Inside Robinhood’s growth engine

Before we get into the how of Robinhood’s growth, let’s discuss how big the company has become.

The fintech unicorn’s revenue grew from $277.5 million in (Read more...)

How Much Does Big Tech Make Every Minute?


This post is by Aran Ali from Visual Capitalist


big tech revenue per minute

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The Briefing

  • The FAATMAN stocks have a collective market cap of $8.3 trillion
  • On average, these Big Tech companies generate a whopping $416,768 of revenue each minute

Big Tech Just Keeps Getting Bigger

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to wrap your head around just how massive some big tech stocks are getting, especially since they keep outdoing themselves.

The pandemic has pushed even more activity online, and the FAATMAN stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Tesla, Microsoft, Alphabet, and Netflix) have benefited immensely.

With many of these companies experiencing record breaking quarters, how much revenue do the big tech stocks generate per minute?

CompanyRevenue Per MinuteMarket Cap ($B)
Amazon$955,517$1,560
Apple$848,090$2,040
Alphabet (Google)$433,014$1,370
Microsoft$327,823$1,750
Facebook$213,628$733
Tesla$81,766$648
Netflix$50,566$238

Data as of March 2021. Revenue per minute figures based off SEC filings, and market caps from Seeking Alpha.

Milestones Across The Board

Facebook

Facebook continues to face considerable headwinds as privacy matters garner more political attention. But this is yet to have any material effect on (Read more...)