Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apple to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Tuesday, January 24: Legendary Quarter Expected

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Apple (AAPL) to Announce Quarterly Earnings

Apple, Inc. will report calendar Q4 2011 financial results on Tuesday, January 24, after market close. The conference call will be at 2:00 p.m. PT.

Apple Future and Past Financial Performance

Estimated Calendar Q4 2011 Earnings per Share (GAAP)
Yahoo Finance Analysts Estimates: $9.87 avg, $8.88 low, $10.75 high, 46 analysts
Prior Quarter: $7.05
Prior Year: $6.43
Apple Outlook: "about" $9.30

Estimated Calendar Q4 2011 Total Revenues (GAAP)
Yahoo Finance Analysts Estimates: $38.28B avg, $35.24B low, $41.34B high, 44 analysts
Prior Quarter: $28.27B Prior Year: $26.74B
Apple Outlook: "about" $37B

Prior Calendar Q3 2011 Financial Results (GAAP) When Apple reports Q4 2011, the 3 months ended December, financial results on January 24, Apple is expected to meet, beat, or miss various prior quarterly results. These prior quarterly GAAP financial results were:
Total Revenues $28.27B
Operating Income $8.71B
Net Income $6.62B
Earnings per Share $7.05
Cash Flow per Share $11.10
Gross Margin 40.25%
Operating Margin 30.81%
Net Margin 23.43%

Summary (GAAP) Overall, Apple is expected to easily beat QoQ and YoY for Total Revenues and Earnings per Share. Apple should beat their own calendar Q4 2011 outlook for earnings per share ($9.30) and total revenues ($37.00B) and meet on gross profit margin (40%). Q4 is historically the strongest quarter for Apple on an annual cycle and this is expected to be the greatest Q4 in Apple's history and dare we say the greatest quarter in tech history. Expectations have never been so high for a tech company quarter! Therefore, Apple is also expected to beat QoQ and YoY for Operating Income, Net Income, and Cash Flow per Share. Apple should at least meet QoQ and YoY for gross, operating, and net margins.

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