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Apple Q4 Results : Revenue touches $52.6b, marks 12% YoY growth

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Apple has announced Q4 2017 earnings with 12% growth in YoY period. The company has made a revenue of $52.6b with $10.7b in profits.

Ahead of iPhone X launch, Apple has announced its Q4 earnings. The company has reported a revenue of $52.6 Billion in the said quarter, which is a growth of 12% YoY. The profit was estimated to be $10.7 Billion in the quarter that ended on September 30th. Making the sale figure even more optimistic and riding high on the initial response we have seen for iPhone X, the company has forecasted the revenue of ongoing quarter to be between $84 Billion and $87 Billion (Over 50% growth).

In the period, Apple sold 46.7 Million iPhones, 10.3 Million iPads and 5.4 Million Mac. The results do include initial sales of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, which were announced early in September and the sale started just before the quarter ended. Along with iPhone 8 models, the figures also include Apple Watch Series 3 and the latest Apple TV 4K.

Talking of the previous quarter, i.e. Q3 2017, Apple had $45.4 Billion in Revenue and $8.72 Billion in profit. In that quarter, the company sold 41 Million iPhones, 11.4 Million iPads and 4.29 Million Macs. In the year-ago period, it has announced a revenue of $46.9 Billion with $9 Billion profit. Talking of the devices sold in Q4 2016, there were 45.51 Million iPhones, 9.28 Million iPads and 4.89 Million Macs, these figures had included the initial sales of iPhone 7, which was well received by the crowd.

The full press release can be found below

Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results


CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $52.6 billion, an increase of 12 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.07, up 24 percent. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“We’re happy to report a very strong finish to a great fiscal 2017, with record fourth quarter revenue, year-over-year growth for all our product categories, and our best quarter ever for Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With fantastic new products including iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K joining our product lineup, we’re looking forward to a great holiday season, and with the launch of iPhone X getting underway right now, we couldn’t be more excited as we begin to deliver our vision for the future with this stunning device.”

“Apple’s year-over-year revenue growth rate accelerated for the fourth consecutive quarter and drove EPS growth of 24 percent in the September quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also generated strong operating cash flow of $15.7 billion and returned $11 billion to investors through our capital return program.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2018 first quarter:

• revenue between $84 billion and $87 billion • gross margin between 38 percent and 38.5 percent • operating expenses between $7.65 billion and $7.75 billion • other income/(expense) of $600 million • tax rate of 25.5 percent

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.63 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 16, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 13, 2017.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2017 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on November 2, 2017 at This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), tax rate, and plans for return of capital. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation: the effect of global and regional economic conditions on the Company’s business, including effects on purchasing decisions by consumers and businesses; the ability of the Company to compete in markets that are highly competitive and subject to rapid technological change; the ability of the Company to manage frequent product introductions and transitions, including delivering to the marketplace, and stimulating customer demand for, new products, services and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing and product mix, and increases in component and other costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the dependency of the Company on the performance of distributors of the Company’s products, including cellular network carriers and other resellers; the inventory and other asset risks associated with the Company’s need to order, or commit to order, product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components, services and new technologies essential to the Company’s business, including components and technologies that may only be available from sole or limited sources; the dependency of the Company on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties, many of which are located outside of the U.S. and which may affect the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered to the Company; the effect of product and service quality problems on the Company’s financial performance and reputation; the dependency of the Company on third-party intellectual property and digital content, which may not be available to the Company on commercially reasonable terms or at all; the dependency of the Company on support from third-party software developers to develop and maintain software applications and services for the Company’s products; the impact of unfavorable legal proceedings, such as a potential finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the impact of changes to laws and regulations that affect the Company’s activities, including the Company’s ability to offer products or services to customers in different regions; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with its international activities, including complying with laws and regulations affecting the Company’s international operations; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s retail stores; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s investments in new business strategies and acquisitions; the impact on the Company’s business and reputation from information technology system failures, network disruptions or losses or unauthorized access to, or release of, confidential information; the ability of the Company to comply with laws and regulations regarding data protection; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other business interruptions that could disrupt supply or delivery of, or demand for, the Company’s products; financial risks, including risks relating to currency fluctuations, credit risks and fluctuations in the market value of the Company’s investment portfolio; and changes in tax rates and exposure to additional tax liabilities. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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(In millions, except number of shares which are reflected in thousands and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, 2017 September 24, 2016 September 30, 2017 September 24, 2016
Net sales $ 52,579 $ 46,852 $ 229,234 $ 215,639
Cost of sales (1) 32,648 29,039 141,048 131,376
Gross margin 19,931 17,813 88,186 84,263
Operating expenses:
Research and development (1) 2,997 2,570 11,581 10,045
Selling, general and administrative (1) 3,814 3,482 15,261 14,194
Total operating expenses 6,811 6,052 26,842 24,239
Operating income 13,120 11,761 61,344 60,024
Other income/(expense), net 797 427 2,745 1,348
Income before provision for income taxes 13,917 12,188 64,089 61,372
Provision for income taxes 3,203 3,174 15,738 15,685
Net income $ 10,714 $ 9,014 $ 48,351 $ 45,687
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 2.08 $ 1.68 $ 9.27 $ 8.35
Diluted $ 2.07 $ 1.67 $ 9.21 $ 8.31
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 5,149,428 5,366,912 5,217,242 5,470,820
Diluted 5,183,585 5,393,333 5,251,692 5,500,281
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.63 $ 0.57 $ 2.40 $ 2.18
(1) Includes share-based compensation expense as follows:
Cost of sales $ 215 $ 186 $ 877 $ 769
Research and development $ 569 $ 476 $ 2,299 $ 1,889
Selling, general and administrative $ 390 $ 368 $ 1,664 $ 1,552

(In millions, except number of shares which are reflected in thousands and par value)

September 30, 2017 September 24, 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 20,289 $ 20,484
Short-term marketable securities 53,892 46,671
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $58 and $53, respectively 17,874 15,754
Inventories 4,855 2,132
Vendor non-trade receivables 17,799 13,545
Other current assets 13,936 8,283
Total current assets 128,645 106,869
Long-term marketable securities 194,714 170,430
Property, plant and equipment, net 33,783 27,010
Goodwill 5,717 5,414
Acquired intangible assets, net 2,298 3,206
Other non-current assets 10,162 8,757
Total assets $ 375,319 $ 321,686
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 49,049 $ 37,294
Accrued expenses 25,744 22,027
Deferred revenue 7,548 8,080
Commercial paper 11,977 8,105
Current portion of long-term debt 6,496 3,500
Total current liabilities 100,814 79,006
Deferred revenue, non-current 2,836 2,930
Long-term debt 97,207 75,427
Other non-current liabilities 40,415 36,074
Total liabilities 241,272 193,437
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock and additional paid-in capital, $0.00001 par value: 12,600,000 shares authorized; 5,126,201 and 5,336,166 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 35,867 31,251
Retained earnings 98,330 96,364
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) (150 ) 634
Total shareholders’ equity 134,047 128,249
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 375,319 $ 321,686

(In millions)

Twelve Months Ended
September 30, 2017 September 24, 2016
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period $ 20,484 $ 21,120
Operating activities:
Net income 48,351 45,687
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash generated by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 10,157 10,505
Share-based compensation expense 4,840 4,210
Deferred income tax expense 5,966 4,938
Other (166 ) 486
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net (2,093 ) 527
Inventories (2,723 ) 217
Vendor non-trade receivables (4,254 ) (51 )
Other current and non-current assets (5,318 ) 1,055
Accounts payable 9,618 1,837
Deferred revenue (626 ) (1,554 )
Other current and non-current liabilities (154 ) (2,033 )
Cash generated by operating activities 63,598 65,824
Investing activities:
Purchases of marketable securities (159,486 ) (142,428 )
Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities 31,775 21,258
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities 94,564 90,536
Payments made in connection with business acquisitions, net (329 ) (297 )
Payments for acquisition of property, plant and equipment (12,451 ) (12,734 )
Payments for acquisition of intangible assets (344 ) (814 )
Payments for strategic investments, net (395 ) (1,388 )
Other 220 (110 )
Cash used in investing activities (46,446 ) (45,977 )
Financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 555 495
Excess tax benefits from equity awards 627 407
Payments for taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards (1,874 ) (1,570 )
Payments for dividends and dividend equivalents (12,769 ) (12,150 )
Repurchases of common stock (32,900 ) (29,722 )
Proceeds from issuance of term debt, net 28,662 24,954
Repayments of term debt (3,500 ) (2,500 )
Change in commercial paper, net 3,852 (397 )
Cash used in financing activities (17,347 ) (20,483 )
Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (195 ) (636 )
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $ 20,289 $ 20,484
Supplemental cash flow disclosure:
Cash paid for income taxes, net $ 11,591 $ 10,444
Cash paid for interest $ 2,092 $ 1,316
Apple Inc.
Q4 2017 Unaudited Summary Data
(Units in thousands, Revenue in millions)
Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q4 2016 Sequential Change Year/Year Change
Operating Segments Revenue Revenue Revenue Revenue Revenue
Americas $23,099 $20,376 $20,229 13% 14%
Europe 13,009 10,675 10,842 22% 20%
Greater China 9,801 8,004 8,785 22% 12%
Japan 3,858 3,624 4,324 6% – 11%
Rest of Asia Pacific 2,812 2,729 2,672 3% 5%
Total Apple $52,579 $45,408 $46,852 16% 12%
Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q4 2016 Sequential Change Year/Year Change
Product Summary Units Revenue Units Revenue Units Revenue Units Revenue Units Revenue
iPhone (1) 46,677 $28,846 41,026 $24,846 45,513 $28,160 14% 16% 3% 2%
iPad (1) 10,326 4,831 11,424 4,969 9,267 4,255 – 10% – 3% 11% 14%
Mac (1) 5,386 7,170 4,292 5,592 4,886 5,739 25% 28% 10% 25%
Services (2) 8,501 7,266 6,325 17% 34%
Other Products (1)(3) 3,231 2,735 2,373 18% 36%
Total Apple $52,579 $45,408 $46,852 16% 12%
(1) Includes deferrals and amortization of related software upgrade rights and non-software services.
(2) Includes revenue from Digital Content and Services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services. Services revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 included a favorable one-time adjustment of $640 million due to a change in estimate based on the availability of additional supporting information.
(3) Includes sales of Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod touch and Apple-branded and third-party accessories.

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