Apple sells 31.2 million iPhones and 14.6 million iPads in Q3, but profit growth slows

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Apple announced third quarter earnings today of $35.3 billion, with a net profit of $6.9 billion. That ends up working out to $7.47 per diluted share. While the revenue numbers exceeded expectations, profits fell by almost $2 billion compared to the same period last year.

iPhone sales hit 31.2 million, a third quarter record for the company, amid a slowing smartphone market. Apple sold 14.6 million iPads in the quarter, down from 17 million in the same period last year. The company also sold 3.8 million Macs, which is fairly consistent with past performance.

Shares of Apple, which fell earlier today, jumped back more than five percent in after hours trading. The stock is now trading at $440 per share, giving it a market value of $394 billion. Shares are down more than 20 percent so far this year.

Here’s the full release:

CUPERTINO, California—July 23, 2013—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter ended June 29, 2013. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $35.3 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35 billion and net profit of $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.9 percent compared to 42.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 57 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 31.2 million iPhones, a record for the June quarter, compared to 26 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 14.6 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 17 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 3.8 million Macs, compared to 4 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 15, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 12, 2013.

“We are especially proud of our record June quarter iPhone sales of over 31 million and the strong growth in revenue from iTunes, Software and Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are really excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, and we are laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014.”

“We generated $7.8 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter and are pleased to have returned $18.8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO.

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter:

  • revenue between $34 billion and $37 billion
  • gross margin between 36 percent and 37 percent
  • operating expenses between $3.9 billion and $3.95 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $200 million
  • tax rate of 26.5%

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q3 2013 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on July 23, 2013 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq313. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

Here’s a look at the Apple numbers in chart form for the quarter:

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Previously on GeekWire: All eyes on the iPhone as Apple preps for earnings release

  • Guest

    Ouch! I hope the 5s, the TV, and the watch can turn this company around.

    • Guest

      They beat estimates. Unlike your precious MS.