Just when traders were getting a deja vu sense of “oh shit, here we go again”, and were bracing for another collapse in the Nasdaq tomorrow after Amazon’s plunge driven by dismal guidance, moments ago the last remaining GAMMA stock, and the world’s most valuable company, Apple may have saved the Nasdaq – and the market – at least until next week’s FOMC, when it reported fiscal Q2 earnings that blew away expectations, and in fact, reported its best non-holiday quarter ever!
Here is what AAPL just reported for its fiscal Q2 quarter.
- Apple 2Q EPS $1.52, beating consensus estimates of $1.42 (as BBG notes,the 6.8% beat on EPS was only the third single-digit beat in the last two years. It beats by an average 8.1%)
- Apple 2Q Rev. $97.3B, +8.6% Y/Y, smashing consensus estimates of $93.98B
A breakdown by product category
- IPhone revenue $50.57 billion, +5.5% y/y, beating estimate $49.16 billion
- Mac revenue $10.44 billion, +15% y/y, beating estimate $9.23 billion
- IPad revenue $7.65 billion, -2.1% y/y, beating estimate $7.19 billion
- Wearables, home and accessories $8.81 billion, +12% y/y, missing estimates $8.98 billion
What is remarkable, is that this was the best non-holiday quarter for AAPL in history. Some more details:
- Service revenue $19.82 billion, +17% y/y, beating estimates $19.78 billion
- Greater China rev. $18.34 billion, +3.5% y/y
- Gross margin $42.56 billion, +12% y/y
- Cash and cash equivalents $28.10 billion, -27% y/y, estimate $35.81 billion
Commenting on the quarter, CFO Luca Maestri said that Apple “set an all-time revenue record for Services and March quarter revenue records for iPhone, Mac, and Wearables, Home and Accessories. Continued strong customer demand for our products helped us achieve an all-time high for our installed base of active devices. Our strong operating performance generated over $28 billion in operating cash flow, and allowed us to return nearly $27 billion to our shareholders during the quarter.”
CEO Tim Cook, said that the company experienced supply constraints in the March quarter that were significantly lower than those in the holiday quarter. But they still had an impact on products, including the iPad. Cook said that the shortages were all attributable to industry-wide chip shortages. Cook also said that despite headwinds facing video streaming services like Netflix, he remains very bullish on Apple TV+, citing recent Oscar wins for “CODA” and positive responses to other original programming.
More importantly, Cook said the company is seeing inflationary pressure and is navigating the issue the best it can. Still, Apple saw revenue growth of 21% in its Americas segment. Cook also said iPhone 13 and iPhone SE demand led to 5% growth in the phone segment, and the company has a record number of upgraders in the quarter.
And just in case the blowout earnings were not enough, AAPL also announced that its board had authorized an increase of $90 billion to the existing share repurchase program.
As noted above, AAPL beat on all sales categories, except wearables, with IPhone sales hitting $50.6 billion, +5.5% y/y, and above estimates $49.2 billion. The release of the new iPhone SE with 5G probably helped a bit and added at least a billion in sales during its brief appearance in the March quarter. Elsewhere, iPad sales came in at $7.65BN, down 2.1% Y/Y but also beating estimates of $7.19BN, while Mac sales also beat estimates of $9.23BN, rising 15% to $10.44BN. According to Bloomberg, the Mac number is extremely impressive and probably means the MacBook Pro and new Mac Studio are performing better than anticipated. The move to Apple Silicon away from Intel has paid huge dividends — not only in in terms of performance for consumers, but also for Apple’s bottom line. The only product miss was in wearables, which came in at $8.81BN, up 12% Y/Y, but below the $8.98BN estimate.
Apple also reported another blowout record quarter for Service Revenues – meaning Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music and iCloud subscriptions – which rose to $19.82BN, beating expectations of $19.78BN.
… although the annual increase of 17.3% was a slight drop sequentially from the 25.6% increase last quarter
The geographic breakdown was also solid: most areas showed a boost in sales, apart from a minor drop in Japan and a notable decline in Rest of Asia/PAC. The Americas remains its largest sales area with $40.882 billion of revenue in the quarter. China was up to $18.343 billion, growing 3.5%, which however was well below the corporate average. Still, the lack of a drop is notable as many had feared China’s lockdowns would adversely impact both sales and supply chains – particularly around the iPhone.
And in dollar terms:
Commenting on the quarter, Bloomberg’ Mark Gyurman said that “the results helped allay concerns about a slowdown in demand for smartphones, especially in China. Apple also has shown it can navigate supply-chain woes brought by the pandemic, though the latest wave of lockdowns in China may take a toll in the current quarter.”
In any case, the results were strong enough – at least initially – to push the stock higher, even if the initial surge is quickly fading after hours.