• Credit Suisse expects Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure, as the “enterprise cloud,” to disproportionately benefit from this accelerated shift to the public cloud.

  • It saw Azure continue to narrow the revenue gap to Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) Amazon Web Services (AWS), and widen the gap to Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google Cloud. All of which will drive sustained growth for Microsoft and meaningful upside to consensus estimates.

  • Credit Suisse noted that Azure has grown meaningfully faster than AWS when achieving revenue run-rate milestones and continued to grow faster after reaching these benchmarks than AWS. The revenue run-rate milestones included ~$500 million, ~$1.0 billion, ~$1.5 billion, ~$2.5 billion, ~$3.25 billion, ~$4.0 billion, ~$5.0 billion, and ~$7.5 billion.

  • Azure has grown and continues to grow faster than both Google Cloud and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) Alibaba Cloud when achieving similar revenue scale milestones.

  • For at least the next five years, Credit Suisse forecast Microsoft to deliver mid-to-high teens revenue growth driven by mid-20% growth in Intelligent Cloud, mid-teens growth in Productivity and Business Processes, and ~2-5% growth in Windows.

  • Credit Suisse also forecasts high-teens to +20% EPS and FCFPS growth driven by scale (even with accelerating investments) and ongoing share repurchases.

  • Credit Suisse believes these sustained growth and profitability levels were still not adequately reflected in consensus estimates or valuation.

  • Price Action: MSFT shares traded lower by 3.08% at $244.01 on the last check Thursday.

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