Apple Announces Record Q4 Earnings, Investors Aren't Impressed
October 18, 2011 4:51 PM
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Apple shares fall in after hours trading
Apple today reported revenue of $28.27B for the fourth quarter and $6.62B in net profit ($7.05 per diluted share). These numbers compare quite favorably to $20.34B and $4.31B ($4.64 per diluted share) for the same quarter last year.
Gross margins for Apple during Q4 were 40.3 percent.
During the quarter, Apple sold 17.07 million iPhones (21 percent growth year-over-year), 11.12 million iPads (166 percent growth), 4.89 million Mac computers (26 percent growth), and 6.62 million iPods (27 percent decline).
“We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.”
Speaking of the iPhone 4S, Apple announced yesterday that it sold over
four million of the smartphones
during its first weekend of availability -- this was over twice the number for the iPhone 4's initial rollout in 2010.
Despite the good news coming out Cupertino today, investors weren't too terribly impressed. Analysts were expecting revenue of $29.69B and earnings per share of $7.39. They also expected quarterly iPhones sales to be in the
18 million to 20 million range
Apple shares are
down over $26 in after hours trading
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Markets are irrational
10/18/2011 11:02:51 PM
Apple's own guidance for Q4 was 25b, eps of $5.50, and a gross margin of 38%.
It made 28.27b, eps of $7.03, and a gross margin of 40.3%.
Apple is known for a conservative guidance, and investors are always missing the mark with them, this was bound to happen.
They were getting more aggressive predictons by the quarter, and forgot to factor in the anticipation for what was thought to be the iPhone 5 (people held back purchase).
What everybody should be talking is 40.3 f**king percent!!!!! in a company that makes consumer electronics.
These guys are still a good bet, and will continue to outperform the market.
RE: Markets are irrational
10/19/2011 9:40:31 AM
October is 4Q - so iPhone 4S sales had NOTHING to do with these numbers.
RE: Markets are irrational
10/19/2011 10:00:44 AM
What everybody should be talking is 40.3 f**king percent!!!!!
From an investor's point of view.. YIPEE! But as a consumer I'd be a bit pissed. This means that almost 1/2 of the cost of any apple product is profit.
If you knew that a dealership had 40% margin on a car, would you still pay sticker? Every business is out to make money, but as a consumer how do the iSheep continue to justify handing them such a huge margin.
As a businessman I admire what they are able to pull off, as a human I weep for our species.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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