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Apple Earnings Strongly Beat Expectations – Announces Quarterly Dividend Of $0.22

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Apple (AAPL) reported strong fiscal third-quarter earnings exceeding Wall Street estimates. Every one of Apple’s major product lines grew over 12% on an annual basis and iPhone sales increased nearly 50% on an annual basis. 

Key Q3 Highlights:

  • EPS of $1.30 reported versus $1.01 estimated.
  • Revenue grew 36% year-over-year with $81.41 billion versus $73.30 billion estimated.
  • iPhone revenue stood at $39.57 billion versus $34.01 billion estimated, an increase of 49.78% year-over-year.
  • Services revenue of $17.48 billion reported, beating expectations at $16.33 billion estimated, up 33% year-over-year.
  • Other Products revenue grew $8.76 billion, up 40% year-over-year.
  • Mac revenue also increased 16% year-over-year with $8.24 billion versus $8.07 billion estimated.
  • iPad revenue stood at $7.37 billion, beating estimates at $7.15 billion estimated and up 12% year-over-year.
  • A gross margin of 43.3% versus 41.9% expected was reported.
  • The company again did not provide formal guidance for the sixth quarter in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Apple also had a strong quarter in its Greater China region which includes, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Apple reported $14.76 billion in sales in the region, up 58% from the same quarter last year.
  • Americas sales were up nearly 33% year-over-year to $39.57 billion.
  • Apple now has 700 million paid subscribers, up 150 million year-over-year, Cook said. Apple’s subscriber figure includes customers subscribed to an app through Apple’s App Store billing.

The iPhone maker witnessed growth despite lockdowns around the world. As people not only upgraded their old iPhones but also Android customers bought their first iPhone.  Apple CEO Tim Cook expresses that the company’s quarter could have been even better if it had not grappled with supply shortages likely linked to the global chip shortage, that mostly affected its Mac and iPad sales. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook informed, “The shortage primarily affected Mac and iPad,”, “We had predicted the shortages to total $3 to $4 billion. But we were actually able to mitigate some of that, and we came in at the lower than the low end part of that range.” 
Apple declared a dividend of $0.22 per share of stock.

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(Read Original Story: Apple demolishes earnings expectations, but stock falls after iPhone chip supply warning in CNBC)


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