Apple posts strong Q4 earnings

Apple yesterday posted their 4th quarter earnings for year 2011, and as usual it reported pretty good numbers. In quarter that ended on September 24, 2011 Apple’s revenue was $28.27 billion and it earned net profit of $6.62 billion. Last year’s revenue for Apple for the same quarter was $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit was $4.31 billion. Gross margins this year were 40.3 percent compared to 36.9 percent in last year’s quarter.

Apple reported that international sales accounted 63 percent of last year’s quarter. Apple sold 17.07 million iPhones, 11.2 million iPads, 4.89 million Macs, and 6.62 million iPods.

Here is the press release by Apple about its fourth quarter earnings.

All-Time Record Mac and iPad Sales
Highest September Quarter Revenue and Earnings Ever

CUPERTINO, California—October 18, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2011. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.3 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 21 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.12 million iPads during the quarter, a 166 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.89 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 6.62 million iPods, a 27 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.”

“We are extremely pleased with our record September quarter revenue and earnings and with cash generation of $5.4 billion during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 14 weeks rather than 13, we expect revenue of about $37 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $9.30.”

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2011 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on October 18, 2011 at This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

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