Apple shares climb as iPhone sales rebound, surpassing estimates
Apple Inc.’s shares experienced an uptick in early trading after the tech giant reported a rebound in iPhone sales during the last quarter. The world’s most valuable company managed to surpass earnings estimates despite an industry-wide downturn that has affected much of its product lineup. Apple’s overall revenue reached $94.8 billion in the fiscal second quarter, exceeding the anticipated $92.6 billion.
Although sales fell 2.5% during this period, the company had previously cautioned investors to expect an even greater decline. These results indicate that Apple is beginning to recover from a slump that has impacted the computer and smartphone sectors. The company’s sales in China, a problematic area for other tech companies, fared better than expected. Additionally, Apple announced plans for $90 billion in stock repurchases and raised its quarterly dividend 4% to 24 cents a share.
The shares climbed 4% in New York to $172.64 and have increased by roughly 33% this year. Despite this positive performance, Apple has experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, marking a first for the company since the pandemic began. Earnings remained unchanged from a year earlier at $1.52 a share, compared to the average estimate of $1.43 a share.
Apple generated $51.3 billion in sales from the iPhone in the second quarter, surpassing analyst predictions of $49 billion. While this only represents a 1.5% increase from a year ago, CEO Tim Cook highlighted that it was a record performance for a March quarter. Cook attributed this growth to overcoming the challenging macroeconomic environment. The company’s supply chain also allowed the iPhone 14 to recover after suffering from constraints during the previous period due to Covid policies in China.
Apple’s other products experienced mixed results during this quarter. The iPad saw revenue fall 13% to $6.67 billion, Mac division revenue dropped 31% to $7.17 billion, and the home, wearables, and accessories division fell less than 1% to $8.76 billion. The services business, which includes iCloud, Apple Music, the App Store, and the TV+ streaming service, generated $20.91 billion in revenue, missing estimates of $21.1 billion. Nevertheless, this represents a 5.5% gain from the previous year.