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Apple Wins Against Supply Odds Records Earnings Beat

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Apple (AAPL) beats quarterly estimates, winning against a supply-chain crunch fueled by the pandemic and chip shortages. Sales climbed 11% to a record of $123.9 billion in the fiscal first quarter, beating analyst estimates of $119.1 billion on average. Earnings increased to $2.10 a share in the first quarter ending December 25, above the $1.90 estimated by analysts.

Key Highlights:

  • The iPhone maker reported that 1.8 billion Apple devices are currently in use, up 300 million from two years ago.
  • 785 million paid Apple and third-party subscriptions on its platform were reported, up from 745 million reported in the previous quarter.
  • The company’s flagship product, the iPhone generated $71.6 billion in revenue beating Wall Street estimates of $67.7 billion.
  • The iPad brought in $7.25 billion in the first quarter, compared with an estimate of $8.1 billion.
  • Apple generated $19.5 billion in services revenue in the first quarter, exceeding expectations of $18.6 billion. The category grew 24% from a year earlier on strong Apple Music, App Store, and iCloud subscription sales.
  • The wearables, home, and accessories unit that includes the Apple Watch, Apple TV, AirPods, Beats headphones, the HomePod, and other items, produced $14.7 billion during the quarter. That was up 13% from a year earlier and above the average estimate of $14.2 billion.
  • The company also reported about $10.9 billion in Mac sales, beating the estimate of $9.5 billion, which climbed 25% from the year-ago period.
“This is our eighth quarter reporting results in the shadow of the pandemic, and while I can’t say it gets any easier, I can say I’m incredibly proud of the way our teams have come together,” stated CEO Tim Cook.

Apple didn’t give a specific sales target, beyond saying it would be a record for the period, however, analysts are predicting that revenue will top $90 billion. The gross margin will be 42.5% to 43.5%, Apple informed.

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(Read Original Story: Apple Posts Highest-Ever Quarterly Earnings in Sign It Tamed Supply Crisis in Bloomberg)


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