- Apple on Thursday reported revenue of $US58.3 billion for its fiscal second quarter, falling below its initial guidance but surpassing Wall Street’s muted expectations.
- Apple’s iPhone revenue fell 7% compared with the year-ago quarter, but its services and wearables divisions continued to see strong growth.
- Apple said in February that it did not expect to meet its second-quarter revenue guidance because of the novel coronavirus.
- Shares of Apple were down 1.5% in after-hours trading on Thursday.
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Apple’s revenue growth ground to a halt in the first three months of the year, as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered its retail stores, dampened consumer demand for iPhones, and rattled the company’s global manufacturing operations.
Apple reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $US58.3 billion, up less than 1% from the same period one year ago and well below the company’s initial projection of $US63 billion to $US67 billion. Apple rescinded that forecast in February as the severity of the coronavirus outbreak became clear.
“This may not have been the quarter it could have been absent the pandemic, but I don’t think I can recall a quarter where I’ve been prouder of what we do or how we do it,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a conference call on Thursday.
Apple’s quarterly revenue surpassed Wall Street’s muted expectations. And the company’s burgeoning wearables and services divisions saw significant growth despite the pandemic, once again softening the blow from slowing iPhone sales. Apple also said it would commit an additional $US50 billion to share buybacks, a move intended to show the company’s confidence in the business.
Even so, Apple shares fell roughly 2.6% in after-hours trading on Thursday following the earnings release.
Company executives said they had seen some improvement in demand during the second half of April, and they pointed to iPads and Mac computers as products they expected to benefit from shelter-in-place orders that had been introduced in much of the world. But Apple did not provide its customary forecast for the current quarter.
“We believe not giving guidance is prudent as Apple remains in the eye of the demand storm,” Dan Ives, an analyst at the financial firm Wedbush, said in a note to investors on Thursday.
Here’s a look at the key numbers compared with what analysts were expecting and how Apple performed in the year-ago quarter:
- Q2 revenue: $US58.3 billion. Analysts estimate $US54.24 billion; Year-ago quarter: $US58 billion
- Q2 earnings: $US2.55 a share. Analysts estimate $US2.25; Year-ago quarter: $US2.46
- Q2 iPhone revenue: $US29 billion, down roughly 7% from the year-ago’s $US31.1 billion
- Q2 services revenue: $US13.3 billion, up 16% from the year-ago’s $US11.5 billion
- Q2 wearables, home, and accessories revenue: $US6.3 billion, up 24% from the year-ago’s $US5.1 billion
Apple said in February that it did not expect to meet its initial second-quarter revenue goal of $US63 billion to $US67 billion because of weakened demand and supply constraints stemming from the pandemic.
Apple’s iPhone revenue declined to $US29 billion compared with $US31.1 billion in the year-ago quarter, a dip that was probably expected since Apple lowered its revenue guidance citing weak demand. The slowdown came just after the iPhone rebounded from several quarters of declines with higher-than-expected holiday sales thanks to positive reception of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro.
The company’s services and wearables divisions continued to be a bright spot for Apple, as they have been in other recent quarters. Apple’s services division, which includes offerings like Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, and Apple Care, reached a record high. Its wearables division also reached a quarterly record.
The strong performance from Apple’s services division wasn’t a surprise for some analysts, considering people are spending more time at home. As such, consumers may be more willing to try Apple TV Plus.
“A lot of those revenues should be a little stickier, since some of them are subscription-based and shouldn’t be as discretionary, like a phone purchase for instance,” Robert Muller, an enterprise hardware analyst for RBC Capital Markets, told Business Insider.
Analysts will probably be looking for answers about how the virus will affect Apple’s reported plans to launch a 5G iPhone in the fall, as well as insight about how iPhone demand has been faring in general throughout the pandemic. Apple also just released the $US400 iPhone SE on April 24, so analysts will likely be looking for comments about how reception has been so far heading into the June quarter.
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