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Posted on 07/22/2014 8:59:04 PM PDT by Swordmaker
MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apples Q314 Conference Call with analysts starting at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT today.
For its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014, Apple today announced Q314 financial results with quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion (vs. $35.3 billion YOY) and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion (vs. $6.9 billion YOY), or $1.07 per diluted share.
Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters, said Tim Cook, Apples CEO, in a statement. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we cant wait to introduce.
- iPhone: 35.203M units, $19.751B revenue (vs. 31.241M units, $18.154B revenue YOY)
- iPad: 13.276M units, $5.889B revenue (vs. 14.617M units, $6.374B revenue YOY)
- Mac: 4.413M units, $5.540B revenue (vs. 3.754M units, $4.893B revenue YOY)
- iPod: $2.926M units, $442M revenue (vs. 4.569M units, $733M revenue YOY)
- iTunes/Software/Services: $4.485B revenue (vs. $3.990 B revenue YOY)
- Accessories: $1.325B (vs. $1.179B revenue YOY)
Live notes from Apples Q413 Conference Call in reverse chronological order:
AAPL: 94.01 Down 0.71 (0.75%) 5:56PM EDT
End of conference call.
Cook: Increasing enterprise penetration for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is our goal and we look at it as a huge opportunity.
Cook: “The walls would shake” here at Apple if, with IBM, we can take the enterprise iPad penetration from 20% to 60%.
Cook: We have a very, very strong executive team and we can manage certain acquisitions and partnerships
Cook: With Beats we felt we were getting an incredible subscription service, access to a fast-growing headphone business, and access to incredible people.
Cook: You can only do so many partnerships well. In the case of IBM, we feel that mobile and enterprise is an enormous opportunity.
There are a lot of different smartphone sales models being tried by carriers. Less than 1 in 4 iPhones were sold in a traditional subsidy plan. Ability for customers to upgrade quicker than the traditional 2 year cycle makes Apple extremely bullish on iPhone sales going forward.
If you look at YOY iPhone growth rate, mid-range iPhone 5c was the highest growth of the three tiers of iPhone in Q314.
iPhone in Japan: VAT upped from 5% to 8% in Japan. This is part of Japan’s tax reform program. This contributed to dampening smartphone market. iPhone share should be similar to previous levels. Signs that the market will recover following these tax changes. Rush to buy before tax increase, then pause after, then some stabilzations after – not necessarily where it was previously.
Cook: iPhone trade-ins are actually hugely beneficial for Apple’s ecosystem because more people can “join the party.” More price-sensitive people can get iPhones this way. My gut is that the cannibalization factor (vs. new iPhones) is low because you are attracting a much more price-sensitive customer. Once they try an Apple product, the likelihood that the buy more Apple products in the future is high.
Cook: As TD-LTE rolls out in China (just started in January), this is another opportunity for iPhone sales.
Cook: China exceeded our expectations significantly. iPhone 48% growth. iPad grew. Mac up 39% vs. a contracting non-Mac PC market (-5%).
Cook: In BRIC, iPad did extremely well. In developed countries, the tablet market is clearly weaker. In the U.S., we had “a very, very strong Macintosh market.” Higher ed is still very much notebook oriented, but in K-12, we sell 2.5 iPads for every Mac notebook.
Cook: We still believe that the tablet market will eventually surpass the PC market. We just need to get the enterprise side up to speed.
Cook: The share of tablets in business is good (74% IDC), but the penetration in business is low, it’s only 20%. We think there’s a substantial upside in business. This is one of the reasons for the IBM partnership announced last week. Business apps for iPad will be key.
iPad has over 70% profit share in tablet market
Cook: we can bring further innovation to the iPad. More than 50% of iPads sold are going to first-time tablet buyers.
Cook: We created the tablet category. We’ve sold over 225 million iPads in some 4 years.
Our guidance is based on all the information available to us. It is realistic guidance. We expect to land within the ranges provided.
Maestri: “We’re expecting a very busy fall. We are very exciting by what we’ve got in the pipeline.”
Maestri: Unexpected cost improvements. “A very nice surprise for us.”
Katy Huberty: Gross margin above guidance for 3rd quarter in row?
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter:
– revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion
– gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
– operating expenses between $4.75 billion and $4.85 billion
– other income/(expense) of $250 million
– tax rate of 26.1 percent
The dividend is payable on August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2014.
Apples board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Companys common stock.
$164.5 billion in cash and marketable securities on hand. Domestic cash: $26.8 billion, +$8.3 billion in quarter. 84% of Apple’s total cash is offshore.
75 billion downloads from Apple’s App Store to date
Mac has gained global market share for 32 of the last 33 quarters.
Mac: 18% YOY growth, a new June quarter record. Strong sales of MacBook Air.
iPad has 85% share of U.S. education tablet market
iPad: Sales up 51% in China. iPad channel inventory in target range of 4-6 weeks
iPhone channel inventory in target range of 4-6 weeks
iPhone product rumors resulted in iPhone sales delay this quarter
iPhone: 13% growth YOY. ChangeWave: iPhone – 97% customer satisfaction rate.
Luca Maestri: Q314 a new June quarter record for revenue. Driven by strong sales of iPhone and Mac.
Cook: Not counting Beats, Apple has made 29 acquisitions since beginning fiscal year 2013
Cook: Apple very excited about iPad. IBM enterprise partnership will be boon to iPad growth
iPad accounts for 80% of U.S. tablet-based online purchases
Cook: ChangeWave: iPad Air registered 98% customer satisfaction. iPad mini Retina hit a 100% customer satisfaction rate
iPad sales met Apple’s expectations. IDC: 5% decline in tablet market in Jun quarter.
Mac growth of 18% YOY vs. a shrinking PC market overall
Q314: Apple’s highest growth rate in seven quarters
Cook: Apple has a “very large vision of what iOS can be.”
Apple’s iOS CarPlay being integrated by 29 major car makers
New OSes and Swift programming languages will be a huge leap forward for Apple’s ecosystem
OS X Yosemite + iOS 8 Continuity are “features that only Apple can deliver.”
Tim Cook: Over 20 million people around the world watched WWDC14 keynote – a new record
Tim Cook: Good afternoon.
AAPL: 94.38 Down 0.34 (0.36%) 5:00PM EDT
International sales accounted for 59% of the quarters revenue.
Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 36.9% in the year-ago quarter
Apple has now taken action on over $74 billion of their $130 billion capital return program with 6 quarters remaining to its completion
Apple returned over $8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the June quarter
$10.3 billion in cash flow from operations
AAPL: 93.91 Down 0.81 (0.86%) 4:53PM EDT
AAPL: 93.82 Down 0.90 (0.95%) 4:49PM EDT
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What is Q314?
Third quarter of 2014.
DOH! Of course!
Not quite so "of course" since Apple runs on a non-Calendar fiscal year that spans from 5:00PM on the last Saturday on September to 5:00PM on the last Saturday in September. So their FIRST Quarter of the 2014 fiscal year ended at 5:00 PM on the last Saturday of December 2013, the SECOND quarter ended 5:00 PM the last Saturday of March 2014, and this THIRD quarter in question ended on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at (you guessed it) 5:00 PM. Apple is now operating in their FOURTH and final quarter of fiscal 2014. The Apple fiscal year will end September 27, 2014. . . At 5:00PM.
- iPad: 13.276M units, $5.889B revenue (vs. 14.617M units, $6.374B revenue YOY). . . shipments of iPads down 10% !!! Man the lifeboats!
Yup, you can sell so many, gotta find new buyers. Previous buyers just won't give up their old versions (we're still enjoying iPad 1 and iPad 2 devices and are happy with them).
Microsoft's Surface Tablet Sales Tanked
Microsoft said Surface revenue was $500 million for last quarter. That's a big drop from the $893 million in Surface revenue the company reported for Q4 2013.
From another article:
cost of burying the inital batch of Surface Mini devices in a Shenzhen landfill, similar to the way Atari buried its ill-fated E.T. video game in New Mexico in the 1980s.
This follows a $900 million writeoff of Surface-related costs in fiscal 2013.
Yup, things are bad for Apple!
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