UBS sees $900 'iPhone 8' growing Apple's sales by 15%

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Apple's flagship OLED "iPhone 8" could help push shares of the company as high as $170, investment firm UBS believes, issuing a note to investors on Tuesday saying that 2018 earnings per share will likely exceed market consensus expectations.




Analyst Steven Milunovich of UBS said that Wall Street is currently calling for Apple to see $10.50 earnings per share in fiscal year 2018 -- a number he thinks will be achievable with the anticipated high-end "iPhone 8."

Milunovich's estimates, seen Tuesday by AppleInsider, assume the OLED handset will ship in November with a starting price of $900 for 64 gigabytes of capacity. He also thinks Apple will offer a 256-gigabyte version for $1,000.

UBS's forecasts see iPhone unit sales growing 15 percent in fiscal year 2018, driven by strong demand for the flagship "iPhone 8."

Notably, a $900 starting price would actually be lower than rumored, with some reports claiming the starting price of the redesigned iPhone could exceed $1,000. UBS, however, is skeptical that Apple would charge that much.

"Although a higher OLED price is possible, Apple typically doesn't price too far above high-end competition," Milunovich wrote.

For Apple's 2018 EPS, Milunovich has presented three possible scenarios. In one, the OLED "iPhone 8" sees strong demand and is accompanied by a lower entry price for the mid-tier "iPhone 7s." With an average selling price of $680 and flat gross margin, he sees earnings per share at $10.65.

Another, bearish scenario could see demand for the OLED iPhone being lower than expected, perhaps due to high pricing. With a lower average selling price and gross margins, he could see EPS dropping to $10.45.

Finally, the optimistic case calls for strong OLED demand and no price cut on the LCD "iPhone 7s." In that scenario, he predicts EPS could go as high as $11.90.

Milunovich has maintained a "buy" rating for shares of AAPL with a price target of $170.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    sog35 said:
    $170 target?

    More like $200.

    Still holding Apple shares and raking in dividends. 

    But if you guys want a speculative investment that may pay off big in 10 years - Shopify. I like Apple but it will probably grow only about 6-10% a year for the next 10  years. Shopify could grow 1000% in the next 10 years.
    Shopify will own the Microsoft phone business.... you heard it first here.... /s

    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 2 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,234member
    I'm sure 8 will do just fine, the better it does the lower AAPL will go!  lol.   BTW ... As I wrote in the post about the scare of a $1,200 only version ... it's most likely (and just guessing as I'm not an analyst therefore don't 'know stuff for sure') there will be a range of prices for various configurations.  That doesn't seem like brain surgery to me.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    k2kwk2kw Posts: 1,734member
     The iPhone SE is popular with a segment of customers like me.   I continue to believe that Apple would have a small hit on their hands if they offered an iPhone XL same size of the iPhone 7 in width and height but 50% thicker to accommodate a much thicker battery (hopefully 2 days capacity), a headphone jack, the dual camera. And  Like the SE it could be released in the Spring.   I think Apple could easily charge $800 for this.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,113member
    sog35 said:
    $170 target?

    More like $200.

    Still holding Apple shares and raking in dividends. 

    But if you guys want a speculative investment that may pay off big in 10 years - Shopify. I like Apple but it will probably grow only about 6-10% a year for the next 10  years. Shopify could grow 1000% in the next 10 years.
    Still pushing "Shopify" because you bought that stock, eh? You've never been anything less than blatantly self-serving with your stock advice and there's no reason to believe your tune has changed. I happen to own many different stocks, but you don't see me coming to an Apple news and rumor site to annoy others about them.

    Enough already with the bloody Shopify stock shilling.

    https://www.tipranks.com/stocks/shop
    edited July 2017
  • Reply 5 of 7
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,113member
    sog35 said:
    sog35 said:
    $170 target?

    More like $200.

    Still holding Apple shares and raking in dividends. 

    But if you guys want a speculative investment that may pay off big in 10 years - Shopify. I like Apple but it will probably grow only about 6-10% a year for the next 10  years. Shopify could grow 1000% in the next 10 years.
    Still pushing "Shopify" because you bought that stock, eh? You've never been anything less than blatantly self-serving with your stock advice and there's no reason to believe your tune has changed. I happen to own many different stocks, but you don't see me coming to an Apple news and rumor site to annoy others about them.

    Enough already with the bloody Shopify stock shilling.

    https://www.tipranks.com/stocks/shop
    chill bro.

    self serving?  even if some here listen to me and bought Shopify it won't even make a dent in the stock price. 

    i hear all the time that people wish they could have bought Apple stock before the iPod. Well with Shopify here's your chance to buy in before the stock explodes to $100B market cap
    I don't give a shit about Shopify. Stop pushing your personally beneficial stock picks when they have absolutely nothing to do with Apple. Take it to a "Shopify news and rumors" site.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,113member
    sog35 said:
    sog35 said:
    sog35 said:
    $170 target?

    More like $200.

    Still holding Apple shares and raking in dividends. 

    But if you guys want a speculative investment that may pay off big in 10 years - Shopify. I like Apple but it will probably grow only about 6-10% a year for the next 10  years. Shopify could grow 1000% in the next 10 years.
    Still pushing "Shopify" because you bought that stock, eh? You've never been anything less than blatantly self-serving with your stock advice and there's no reason to believe your tune has changed. I happen to own many different stocks, but you don't see me coming to an Apple news and rumor site to annoy others about them.

    Enough already with the bloody Shopify stock shilling.

    https://www.tipranks.com/stocks/shop
    chill bro.

    self serving?  even if some here listen to me and bought Shopify it won't even make a dent in the stock price. 

    i hear all the time that people wish they could have bought Apple stock before the iPod. Well with Shopify here's your chance to buy in before the stock explodes to $100B market cap
    I don't give a shit about Shopify. Stop pushing your personally beneficial stock picks when they have absolutely nothing to do with Apple. Take it to a "Shopify news and rumors" site.
    calm down bro. people talk about other companies all the time.

    we have a post about Siri speaker. people talk about Echo.  

    this thread is about Apple stock. So obvious talking about other stocks in the tech industry seem logical 
    I'm blocking you again. Nothing can be gained from engaging with you in conversation. It's a total loss.
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