Apple earns record $91.8B in first quarter revenue on strong iPhone 11 sales

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in AAPL Investors edited January 2020
Apple generated $91.8 billion in revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal 2020 with an earnings per share of $4.99, financial results revealed on Tuesday, making for the company's best performance in history.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage at WWDC 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage at WWDC 2019


Overall earnings are up 9% from Q1 2019, when Apple earned $84.3 billion. That year-ago quarter was notable, as the tech giant revised its guidance downward over lower-than-expected sales of iPhones in the period.

Apple's own guidance from last quarter forecast revenue between $85.5 billion and $89.5 billion, with operating expenses between $9.6 billion and $9.8 billion, and a gross margin between 37.5% and 38.5%. For the quarter, Apple reports operating expenses of $9.6 billion and a gross margin of 38.4 percent.

Ahead of the results, the Wall Street consensus estimated revenue at around $88.4 billion, with an earnings per share of around $4.54.



"We are thrilled to report Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, fueled by strong demand for our iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, and all-time records for Services and Wearables," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "During the holiday quarter our active installed base of devices grew in each of our geographic segments and has now reached over 1.5 billion. We see this as a powerful testament to the satisfaction, engagement and loyalty of our customers -- and a great driver of our growth across the board."

The iPhone earned $56 billion in the quarter, up from $52 billion last year. It was also the first full quarter of sales for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, having been available for roughly two weeks at the end of the previous quarter.

The quarter is also the first full sales period for the seventh-generation 10.2-inch iPad and the Apple Watch Series 5, which launched in September. The AirPods Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and the Pro Display XDR were also launched during the quarter, but their smaller period of availability affects the impact they made on the results themselves.

Services revenue, a reliable growth sector for the company, saw revenue grow 17% to $12.7 billion, up year-on-year from $10.9 billion. The Wearables, Home, and Accessories category earned $10 billion, a nearly $3 billion rise from Q1 2019, iPad shrank 11% to $6 billion, and Mac contracted to 3% to $7.2 billion.

Guidance for the coming quarter is pegged at $63.0 billion to $67.0 billion with a gross margin between 38% and 39%. Operating expenses are expected to land between $9.6 billion and $9.7 billion.
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  • Reply 1 of 58
    Amazing accomplishment!! I did not contribute to that period. Really awesome to see the numbers. Are they still considered an underdog?
    guscatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 58
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Great numbers! 

    I wonder if AAPL continues to rise, will they be doing a split again sometime in the future?
    mailmeoffersbshankwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 58
    apple ][ said:
    Great numbers! 

    I wonder if AAPL continues to rise, will they be doing a split again sometime in the future?
    Would enjoy that myself, but I think they were in the $700+/share last time they split - so I’m feeling like it’s not likely at the current cost. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 58
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,205member
    Uh oh, better fire Tim Cook like all those knuckleheads said to do.
    DAalsethfastasleepdocno42guscatleavingthebiggchiaCarnagegilly33viclauyycwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 58
    Slam dunk.
    bshankwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 58
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    apple ][ said:
    Great numbers! 

    I wonder if AAPL continues to rise, will they be doing a split again sometime in the future?
    Would enjoy that myself, but I think they were in the $700+/share last time they split - so I’m feeling like it’s not likely at the current cost. 
    I remember trading some AAPL stock at around that time.

    It's crazy to think about that AAPL stock is actually worth over $2,000 a share now, pre-split number of course. Many people thought that it was insanely expensive and over valued when it was around 6-700 hundred, and look at where we are today. Those people and analysts were all dead wrong, which is nothing new when it comes to Apple.

    AAPL more than doubled in the past 12 months. I guess we will see what happens in the future.

    For purely psychological and selfish reasons, I'd like to see a split, simply because the amount of shares I own will multiply and it will look better on paper and I can have a bigger smile, even if the financials remain the same.
    edited January 2020 macseekerpscooter63Scot1mailmeoffersleavingthebigg
  • Reply 7 of 58
    Looking at the numbers for each division it looks like they're trying to even out profit spikes in the year, and thus make the company not look so much like an iPhone-driven company. I fully expect the 1st quarter to be all about the Mac.
    guscatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 58
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,035member
    Uh oh, better fire Tim Cook like all those knuckleheads said to do.
    Not knuckleheads but ASSHATS, and many of them live here. Can’t wait for the armchair CEOs to expound on how Apple could have done much better if it had followed their advice. All the blathering about Tim Cook, Apple’s QA “decline”, crappy software, lack of a headless Mac with slots, political stances, environmental policies, the list goes on for ever. All the blowhards that come in here ranting about Apple can take a slow boat to China, but remember to wear a mask, losers.
    DAalsethguscatquadra 610StrangeDaysAnilu_777leavingthebiggchiagilly33viclauyycwilliamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 58
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,035member

    Services revenue, a reliable growth sector for the company, saw revenue grow 17% to $12.7 billion, up year-on-year from $10.9 billion. The Wearables, Home, and Accessories category earned $10 billion, a nearly $3 billion rise from Q1 2019, iPad shrank 11% to $6 billion, and Mac contracted to 3% to $7.2 billion.


    But, but, but Spotify FTW! But, but, but TV+ is a failure. But, but, but, Apple Arcade is a joke. Yep, Apple services are a $12.7 BILLION dollar joke. 
    Anilu_777leavingthebiggchiawatto_cobrabadmonk
  • Reply 10 of 58
    lkrupp said:
    Uh oh, better fire Tim Cook like all those knuckleheads said to do.
    Not knuckleheads but ASSHATS, and many of them live here. Can’t wait for the armchair CEOs to expound on how Apple could have done much better if it had followed their advice. All the blathering about Tim Cook, Apple’s QA “decline”, crappy software, lack of a headless Mac with slots, political stances, environmental policies, the list goes on for ever. All the blowhards that come in here ranting about Apple can take a slow boat to China, but remember to wear a mask, losers.
    This is all you talk about and you never actually contribute anything good here. Go home and stay off. It only makes you look like the asshat as you like to call everyone else that has a different opinion than yours. 
    chemengin1montrosemacsarlorviclauyycwilliamlondon
  • Reply 11 of 58
    What of the narrative that the iPhone is dying and the company is morphing the business to focus on services because nobody's buying iPhones anymore? lol
    Anilu_777watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 58
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,035member
    lkrupp said:
    Uh oh, better fire Tim Cook like all those knuckleheads said to do.
    Not knuckleheads but ASSHATS, and many of them live here. Can’t wait for the armchair CEOs to expound on how Apple could have done much better if it had followed their advice. All the blathering about Tim Cook, Apple’s QA “decline”, crappy software, lack of a headless Mac with slots, political stances, environmental policies, the list goes on for ever. All the blowhards that come in here ranting about Apple can take a slow boat to China, but remember to wear a mask, losers.
    This is all you talk about and you never actually contribute anything good here. Go home and stay off. It only makes you look like the asshat as you like to call everyone else that has a different opinion than yours. 
    Not a chance. The doomsayers and naysayers deserve to be confronted, rebutted, ridiculed for being consistently, unerringly, spectacularly, ridiculously wrong at every turn when it comes to Apple. 

    Now, as for your apparent annoyance at my opinions and intolerance for the naysayers and haters, you have the option to block me at any time and I’m gone from your radar. Or maybe if you complain hard enough to management they will ban me altogether. I’m about ready to can my membership in the various Apple tech blogs because of the constant negativity that pervades them all. 
    edited January 2020 bshankpscooter63StrangeDaysleavingthebiggchiagilly33watto_cobrawilliamlondonbadmonk
  • Reply 13 of 58
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Waiting for the AvonB7 take on this. 

    Always good for a laugh. 


    lkruppdocno42StrangeDaysbaconstangchiawatto_cobrawilliamlondonbadmonk
  • Reply 14 of 58
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 6,339member
    lkrupp said:
    lkrupp said:
    Uh oh, better fire Tim Cook like all those knuckleheads said to do.
    Not knuckleheads but ASSHATS, and many of them live here. Can’t wait for the armchair CEOs to expound on how Apple could have done much better if it had followed their advice. All the blathering about Tim Cook, Apple’s QA “decline”, crappy software, lack of a headless Mac with slots, political stances, environmental policies, the list goes on for ever. All the blowhards that come in here ranting about Apple can take a slow boat to China, but remember to wear a mask, losers.
    This is all you talk about and you never actually contribute anything good here. Go home and stay off. It only makes you look like the asshat as you like to call everyone else that has a different opinion than yours. 
    Not a chance. The doomsayers and naysayers deserve to be confronted, rebutted, ridiculed for being consistently, unerringly, spectacularly, ridiculously wrong at every turn when it comes to Apple. 

    Now, as for your apparent annoyance at my opinions and intolerance for the naysayers and haters, you have the option to block me at any time and I’m gone from your radar. So be it.
    I think you are somewhat misguided. They results are great (excellent, in fact) but have you considered how they came about?

    Vast improvement over previous generations in terms of hardware. Sweeping discounts from iPhone 11 down, and these results are still lower than Apple's maximum guidance for the year ago quarter (before it was adjusted down due to a profit warning).

    Have you considered that the naysayers could have been right all along and that Apple's actions fall into line with what some here have actually gone on record as saying were necessary? And overdue.

    Have you considered what a spring release, SE2 might represent? 

    That's without actually forgetting that the same proclamations you have just voiced - during Apple's blowout quarter - are basically a copy paste of what many say here every Q1 earnings call, and that for the last four years sales actually ended up being flat or falling?

    Clearly something wasn't working, right? Apple has tried to remedy that on two important fronts. Will it be enough? Who knows but my bet is that if an affordable SE2 appears this spring, it could inject some spark into the iPhone business and be a move in the right direction.

    If Apple saw everything as hunky dory, none of what has changed in its iPhone business since 2017 would have happened. Believe me, a lot has changed and it is because Apple knew it had to change things.
    chemengin1
  • Reply 15 of 58
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,990member
    Bought more AAPL early this morning after the market dragged it down.  Very happy now. :)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 58
    Outstanding performance. Especially on wearables. 

    As an aside, AI, I truly wish you’d stop misusing the word “earned” to describe revenues — the term refers to profits. 
    cpsroStrangeDaysSpamSandwichbaconstangthtchiaCarnagewatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 58
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,033member
    Looking at the numbers for each division it looks like they're trying to even out profit spikes in the year, and thus make the company not look so much like an iPhone-driven company. I fully expect the 1st quarter to be all about the Mac.
    I sure hope that's the case. I want my 16" MBP with LPDDR4 RAM, WiFI6, and miniLEDs.
    edited January 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 58
    Steve Jobs would've never let this happen!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 58
    Please edit the headline of the article. In accounting and finance, “earns” means “profit”, which is a very specific concept as opposed to “revenue” aka “sales”. This misleads the reader into believing that Apple made more money (profit) than it actually generated. 

    Terms are important and are not interchangeable based on the whims of the author. It affects the credibility and accuracy of the article and the site in general. 
    StrangeDaysbaconstangthtentropyschiachemengin1watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 58
    Today Coronavirus deaths increased by another 25% in 24 hours after having increased 25% in the previous 24 hours. The number of deaths now stands at 131 and exceeded the number of deaths caused by SARS. Over 60 million Chinese are under quarantine and are staying at home. The US is considering canceling all flights to and out of China. 

    Watch the AAPL take a dive. This epidemic is for real. 
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