By Graham K. Rogers
A few hours ago, Apple released its Q3 2014 financial results with another good set of figures. The press release from Apple is below:
[Apple] announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter's revenue.
Apple's board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company's common stock. The dividend is payable on August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2014.
"Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can't wait to introduce."
"We generated $10.3 billion in cash flow from operations and returned over $8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the June quarter," said Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO. "We have now taken action on over $74 billion of our $130 billion capital return program with six quarters remaining to its completion."
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter:
- revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion
- gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
- operating expenses between $4.75 billion and $4.85 billion
- other income/(expense) of $250 million
- tax rate of 26.1 percent
As more information becomes available, particularly concerning the question and answer session after the report itself, when analysts try to prise information about future products and directions from Apple executives (usually without success), I will report it when I am able.
One early report I saw (Bryan Chaffin, The MacObserver) tells us that Apple bought 29 companies since October 2012, not including the purchase of Beats (still to be finalised).
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.