Apple continues its impressive financial streak with another record-breaking fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2011. The Cupertino company posted a record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion ($13.87 per diluted share). This is almost double the results in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin increased from 38.5 percent in the year-ago quarter to 44.7 percent. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple generated over $17.5 billion in cash flow from operations.
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[quote]“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”[/quote]
iPhones continue to be a huge cash cow for Apple, selling over 37 million iPhones in the quarter, a 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 15.43 million iPads, a 111 percent increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple isn’t only about smartphones and mobile devices, though. Macs, much contributed by sustained interest in the iMac, enjoyed a 26 percent unit increase. Sales of iPods may have dwindled 21 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, but this still meant Apple pushing 15.4 million of the portable media player to consumers.
With another impressive quarter at hand, Peter Openheimer, Apple’s CFO lamented, “Looking ahead to the second fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 13 weeks, we expect revenue of about $32.5 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $8.50.”
Apple’s momentum has also kicked Exxon as the world’s most valuable company, with a market capitalisation of $416.76B, beating the energy brand by $6 billion. The new King of Wallstreet (again) ploughs on!
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Apple Reports First Quarter Results
Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2012 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 24, 2012 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq112. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.
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