Microsoft $MSFT Partners With FedEx, Wedbush Expects Robust Quarter

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MSFT stock traded -3% lower on January 25, 2022, after the company announced a new logistics solutions offered by FedEx and Microsoft. Wedbush also expects big things from Microsoft when it reports.

FedEx, Microsoft announce new cross-platform logistics solution for e-commerce

On January 24, 2022, FedEx (FDX) and Microsoft (MSFT) announced the next solution as part of their multiyear collaboration to transform commerce, supply chains and logistics. FedEx and Microsoft will bring together FedEx network intelligence with capabilities from Microsoft Dynamics 365 to introduce a cross-platform “logistics as a service” for retailers, merchants and brands. The companies announced plans to introduce a unique data integration coupling data insights from FedEx with Dynamics 365 Intelligent Order Management to help brands access new information and capabilities to better fulfill, ship and service customer orders while easily integrating with their existing e-commerce platforms. This cross-platform approach helps brands deliver modern, high-value experiences directly to their customers including faster, more cost-effective delivery; near real-time delivery status communications; and convenient, frictionless returns with approximately 60,000 drop-off locations and printerless QR codes. For brands facing increased pressure to build affinity while managing higher order volumes, ensuring cost-effective fulfilment and reducing costly customer service calls, this new technology brings unprecedented opportunity to leverage existing systems of record, optimize fulfillment and deliver on their order promises with increased precision, while benefiting from a more complete view of their customer.

“Nearly two years ago we set out on a mission with Microsoft to transform the commerce ecosystem,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO of FedEx Corp. “In that time, we’ve made significant progress, leveraging Microsoft Azure technology with our FedEx Surround solution, which provides critical support in enabling advanced monitoring of time-sensitive priority shipments. This next phase of our collaboration will continue to connect the unmatched supply chain insights from the FedEx network with the Microsoft Cloud to improve e-commerce experiences for brands, merchants and consumers.”

“More than ever, it’s clear just how critical having a resilient supply chain is for every organization’s success in the modern economy,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “We’re bringing data and insights from the FedEx network together with the Microsoft Cloud, starting with Dynamics 365, to help organizations accelerate their digital transformation across their business operations so they can offer customers more integrated ways to shop, and faster, more efficient deliveries.”

Wedbush expects another robust performance from Microsoft in December quarter

On January 24, 2022, ahead of quarterly results, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives says that based on his recent checks, he believes Microsoft (MSFT) saw another robust performance in the December quarter led by Azure/Office 365 with his expectations to see a 3% topline beat and upside across the board, which should be a major boost in the arm for the overall tech sector looking ahead. For Microsoft, while the Activision (ATVI) acquisition was a major bet on its consumer strategy for the coming years, the underlying growth story is built around the game changing enterprise cloud transformation which is giving the company clear tailwinds into 2022/2023, Ives contends. The analyst has an Outperform rating and a price target of $375 on the shares.

Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $95 per share in cash

On January 18, 2022, Microsoft (MSFT) announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard (ATVI), which it calls “a leader in game development and interactive entertainment content publisher,” stating that this acquisition will “accelerate the growth in Microsoft’s gaming business across mobile, PC, console and cloud and will provide building blocks for the metaverse.” Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard for $95.00 per share, in an all-cash transaction valued at $68.7B, inclusive of Activision Blizzard’s net cash. “When the transaction closes, Microsoft will become the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony. The planned acquisition includes iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios like ‘Warcraft,’ ‘Diablo,’ ‘Overwatch,’ ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Candy Crush,’ in addition to global eSports activities through Major League Gaming. The company has studios around the word with nearly 10,000 employees,” Microsoft said. Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth. Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming. “Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms. We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft.

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