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Publication date: 11th May 2023 11:27 GMT+1
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares are trading 2.2% higher in early market trading today after the company beat earnings and revenue estimates in the March quarter or fiscal Q2 of 2023.
Apple reported revenue of adjusted earnings of $1.52 per share, compared to estimates of $1.43 per share. Its revenue stood at $94.84 billion compared to estimates of $92.96 billion. The tech giant reported a net income of $24.16 billion, compared to the year-ago net income of $25 billion. Its sales also fell 3% from $97.29 million in fiscal Q2 of 2022.
Let's see what impacted Apple's sales and profits last quarter.
How did Apple stock perform in the March quarter?
Apple's Q2 earnings report showcases a record-breaking performance for Services and a March quarter record for iPhone sales. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models have contributed heavily to $51.3 billion in iPhone revenue due to their long-lasting battery life and advanced camera features, delighting users worldwide.
Mac and iPad revenues, impacted by macroeconomic challenges and foreign exchange headwinds, were in line with expectations at $7.2 billion and $6.7 billion, respectively. Apple's M2-powered Mac lineup and versatile iPads continue to amaze users with their power and performance.
The wearables, home, and accessories segment generated $8.8 billion in revenue, driven by the Apple Watch Ultra and the continued popularity of AirPods. Apple's Services segment hit a record, with $20.9 billion in revenue for the March quarter and over 975 million paid subscriptions across App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, and payment services.
New offerings in the Services segment include Apple Music Classical, Apple Pay Later, and Apple Card Savings Accounts, which provide added value to Apple customers.
Moreover, Apple TV+ has garnered over 1,450 nominations and more than 350 wins, captivating viewers with popular shows like Ted Lasso and movies like Tetris. Retail innovation remains a priority for the company, as demonstrated by the launch of "Shop with a Specialist" over video in the US and the opening of Apple's first two stores in India. These milestones emphasize the company's commitment to customers, innovation, and values.
Apple's ecosystem continues to expand
Apple's installed base of active devices reached an all-time high for all major product categories and geographic segments thanks to high customer satisfaction and loyalty. The company's gross margin stood at 44.3%, driven by cost savings and a favorable mix shift towards services. As stated earlier, net income totaled $24.2 billion, with diluted earnings per share at $1.52 and strong operating cash flow of $28.6 billion.
In the enterprise market, businesses continue to invest in Apple products for enhanced employee productivity and satisfaction. Brazilian cosmetics giant Boticario Group, for example, has chosen to adopt Mac devices for their global developer teams.
With a cash position of over $166 billion, Apple returned $23 billion to shareholders during the quarter. In addition, the company authorized an additional $90 billion for share repurchases and raised its dividend by 4% to $0.24 a share.
For the June quarter, Apple projects similar YoY revenue performance, with a gross margin between 44% and 44.5%.
Apple's Q2 2023 earnings report paints a bright picture for the company, with record revenues and a continued focus on innovation, customer satisfaction, and loyalty. With the tech giant's unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of technology, Apple's future looks promising.
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