Summary:

While revenue was in line with expectations, earnings per share were slightly off: Financial analysts had been anticipating revenue between $34.28 billion and $38.04 billion, and around $8.75 earnings per share.

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Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter is somewhat of a mixed bag; as least as far as some Wall Street types are concerned.  The company today announced nearly 27 million iPhones were sold last quarter, but just 14 million iPads, which is far below what many were anticipating. In terms of the numbers, Apple announced revenues of $36 billion and $8.2 billion in profit, or $8.67 per share.

While the revenue was in line with expectations, earnings per share were slightly off: Financial analysts had been anticipating revenue between $34.28 billion and $38.04 billion, and around $8.75 earnings per share.

Here’s the product sales tally:

  • 26.9 million iPhones in the quarter, up 58 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
  • 14 million iPads, an increase of 26 percent.
  • 4.9 million Macs, barely above the same quarter a year ago, just a 1 percent unit increase.
  • 5.3 million iPods, which is a 19 percent unit in the last year.

In a call with investors and analysts Thursday afternoon, CFO Peter Oppenheimer added a few more interesting data points: there have been 190 million signups for iCloud just a year after its introduction, and the company added about $4 billion in cash during the quarter for a total of $121.3 billion. That’s after giving $2.5 billion back to investors as part of the company’s dividend.

CEO Tim Cook added that Apple sold 1.3 million Apple TV units, which puts it over 5 million sales for the full fiscal year, by far the device’s most successful year yet. Cook still referred to it as a “hobby” but assured investors that it’s “a beloved hobby.”

Cook was predictably pleased with the overall results. “We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results. We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline,” he said in a press release Thursday.

Looking ahead to next quarter, Apple’s fiscal 2013 first quarter, the company says it sees $52 billion in revenue and $11.75 in earnings per share. The revenue prediction is a rather bold estimate: The company’s fiscal 2012 first quarter was its biggest ever, and that brought in $46.3 billion and earnings of $13.87 per share.

 

 

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