Apple Earnings Released, Company Has 'Biggest Quarter Ever'

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Apple just announced its earnings for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. Once again, the company announced record profit at $18.4 billion for the quarter.

Apple also posted record quarterly revenue at $75.9 billion. Net income was $3.28 per diluted share.

The company beat analysts expectations on profit, but missed on revenue.

CEO Tim Cook said, “Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV. The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices.”

The company sold 74.8 million iPhones, 16.1 million iPads, and 5.31 Macs.

Here's the release in its entirety:

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion, or $3.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $74.6 billion and net income of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.1 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices.”

“Our record sales and strong margins drove all-time records for net income and EPS in spite of a very difficult macroeconomic environment,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We generated operating cash flow of $27.5 billion during the quarter, and returned over $9 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends. We have now completed $153 billion of our $200 billion capital return program.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2016 second quarter:
• revenue between $50 billion and $53 billion
• gross margin between 39 percent and 39.5 percent
• operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion
• other income/(expense) of $325 million
• tax rate of 25.5 percent

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.52 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 11, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2016.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2016 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 26, 2016 at This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

Q1’16 Earnings Supplemental Material

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 26, 2015, and its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 26, 2015 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit Apple’s PR website (, or call Apple’s Media Helpline at (408) 974-2042.

© 2016 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Apple Inc.


(In millions, except number of shares which are reflected in thousands and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

December 26,

December 27,

Net sales $ 75,872 $ 74,599
Cost of sales (1) 45,449 44,858
Gross margin 30,423 29,741
Operating expenses:
Research and development (1) 2,404 1,895
Selling, general and administrative (1) 3,848 3,600
Total operating expenses 6,252 5,495
Operating income 24,171 24,246
Other income/(expense), net 402 170
Income before provision for income taxes 24,573 24,416
Provision for income taxes 6,212 6,392
Net income $ 18,361 $ 18,024
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 3.30 $ 3.08
Diluted $ 3.28 $ 3.06
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 5,558,930 5,843,082
Diluted 5,594,127 5,881,803
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.52 $ 0.47
(1) Includes share-based compensation expense as follows:
Cost of sales $ 204 $ 140
Research and development $ 466 $ 374
Selling, general and administrative $ 408 $ 374

Apple Inc.


(In millions, except number of shares which are reflected in thousands and par value)

December 26,

September 26,

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,689 $ 21,120
Short-term marketable securities 21,385 20,481
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $63 in each period 12,953 16,849
Inventories 2,451 2,349
Vendor non-trade receivables 11,668 13,494
Other current assets 11,073 15,085
Total current assets 76,219 89,378
Long-term marketable securities 177,665 164,065
Property, plant and equipment, net 22,300 22,471
Goodwill 5,202 5,116
Acquired intangible assets, net 3,924 3,893
Other non-current assets 7,974 5,556
Total assets $ 293,284 $ 290,479
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 33,312 $ 35,490
Accrued expenses 24,032 25,181
Deferred revenue 8,989 8,940
Commercial paper 7,259 8,499
Current portion of long-term debt 2,500 2,500
Total current liabilities 76,092 80,610
Deferred revenue, non-current 3,546 3,624
Long-term debt 53,204 53,463
Other non-current liabilities 32,175 33,427
Total liabilities 165,017 171,124
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock and additional paid-in capital, $0.00001 par value: 12,600,000 shares authorized; 5,544,487 and 5,578,753 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 28,253 27,416
Retained earnings 101,494 92,284
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) (1,480) (345)
Total shareholders' equity 128,267 119,355
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 293,284 $ 290,479

Apple Inc.


(In millions)

Three Months Ended
December 26, 2015 December 27, 2014
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period $ 21,120 $ 13,844
Operating activities:
Net income 18,361 18,024
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash generated by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 2,954 2,575
Share-based compensation expense 1,078 888
Deferred income tax expense 1,592 2,197
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net 3,896 751
Inventories (102) (172)
Vendor non-trade receivables 1,826 (3,508)
Other current and non-current assets (893) (1,648)
Accounts payable (852) 9,003
Deferred revenue (29) 945
Other current and non-current liabilities (368) 4,667
Cash generated by operating activities 27,463 33,722
Investing activities:
Purchases of marketable securities (47,836) (44,915)
Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities 3,514 2,807
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities 28,262 24,166
Payments made in connection with business acquisitions, net (86) (23)
Payments for acquisition of property, plant and equipment (3,612) (3,217)
Payments for acquisition of intangible assets (394) (48)
Other (298) 65
Cash used in investing activities (20,450) (21,165)
Financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 1 80
Excess tax benefits from equity awards 224 264
Payments for taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards (597) (512)
Payments for dividends and dividend equivalents (2,969) (2,801)
Repurchase of common stock (6,863) (5,030)
Proceeds from issuance of term debt, net 0 3,485
Change in commercial paper, net (1,240) (2,409)
Cash used in financing activities (11,444) (6,923)
Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (4,431) 5,634
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $ 16,689 $ 19,478
Supplemental cash flow disclosure:
Cash paid for income taxes, net $ 3,398 $ 3,869
Cash paid for interest $ 396 $ 202
Apple Inc.
Q1 2016 Unaudited Summary Data
(Units in thousands, Revenue in millions)
Q1 2016 Q4 2015 Q1 2015 Sequential Change Year/Year Change
Operating Segments Revenue Revenue Revenue Revenue Revenue
Americas $29,325 $21,773 $30,566 35% - 4%
Europe 17,932 10,577 17,214 70% 4%
Greater China 18,373 12,518 16,144 47% 14%
Japan 4,794 3,929 5,448 22% - 12%
Rest of Asia Pacific 5,448 2,704 5,227 101% 4%
Total Apple $75,872 $51,501 $74,599 47% 2%
Q1 2016 Q4 2015 Q1 2015 Sequential Change Year/Year Change
Product Summary Units Revenue Units Revenue Units Revenue Units Revenue Units Revenue
iPhone (1) 74,779 $51,635 48,046 $32,209 74,468 $51,182 56% 60% 0% 1%
iPad (1) 16,122 7,084 9,883 4,276 21,419 8,985 63% 66% - 25% - 21%
Mac (1) 5,312 6,746 5,709 6,882 5,519 6,944

- 7%

- 2% - 4% - 3%
Services (2) 6,056 5,086 4,799 19% 26%
Other Products (1)(3) 4,351 3,048 2,689 43% 62%
Total Apple $75,872 $51,501 $74,599 47% 2%


Includes deferrals and amortization of related software upgrade rights and non-software services.


Includes revenue from Internet Services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services.


Includes sales of Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and third-party accessories.

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