Google quarterly profit climbs on ad revenue


google-officeSan Francisco: Google on Thursday reported that profit in the closing quarter of last year climbed to USD 3.38 billion on rising ad revenue.

“We ended 2013 with another great quarter of momentum and growth,” Google chief Larry Page said in the earnings release.

Google also declared it would pay a dividend in the form of Class C stock.

Google shares rose slightly in after-market trades to USD 1,141.60, having closed the day up 2.57 percent to USD 1,135.39 on word of its deal to sell smartphone maker Motorola Mobility to China-based computer titan Lenovo.

Motorola was seen by analysts as a drag on Google profit and an irritant in its relationships with partners who crank out smartphones or tablets powered by the Internet giant`s Android software.

Google has agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo for USD 2.91 billion, after a lackluster two-year effort to turn around the smartphone maker it bought for USD 12.5 billion.

The deal ends Google`s run as a handset maker after it biggest-ever takeover, which was announced in 2011 and finalized in 2012.

It also provides Lenovo footholds in smartphone and tablet markets where it is eager to gain traction while acting as a peace offering to Samsung and other partners that make devices powered by Google-backed Android software.

“It is win-win,” said analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies in Silicon Valley. “Google keeps the patents and the research group, and they keep partners off their back, while Lenovo gets what they need to get into the US smartphone market.”

Even under Google, Motorola failed to gain traction in a rapidly evolving smartphone market now dominated by South Korea`s Samsung and US-based Apple.

Google continues to have hardware plans that include Nest smart home thermostats, Internet connected eyewear called “Glass,” and making Android smartphones and tablets with partners.

“We made great progress across a wide range of product improvements and business goals,” Page said of the final quarter of last year.

“I`m also very excited about improving people`s lives even more with continued hard work on our user experiences.”