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Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

·12-min read

Company revenue sets September quarter record

Services and Mac revenue reach new all-time high

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 fourth quarter ended September 26, 2020. The Company posted record September quarter revenue of $64.7 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $0.73. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

"Apple capped off a fiscal year defined by innovation in the face of adversity with a September quarter record, led by all-time records for Mac and Services," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Apple is in the midst of our most prolific product introduction period ever, and the early response to all our new products, led by our first 5G-enabled iPhone lineup, has been tremendously positive. From remote learning to the home office, Apple products have been a window to the world for users as the pandemic continues, and our teams have met the needs of this moment with creativity, passion, and the kinds of big ideas that only Apple can deliver."

"Our outstanding September quarter performance concludes a remarkable fiscal year, where we established new all-time records for revenue, earnings per share, and free cash flow, in spite of an extremely volatile and challenging macro environment," said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. "Our sales results and the unmatched loyalty of our customers drove our active installed base of devices to an all-time high in all of our major product categories. We also returned nearly $22 billion to shareholders during the quarter, as we maintain our target of reaching a net cash neutral position over time."

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.205 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 12, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 9, 2020.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2020 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PT on October 29, 2020 at apple.com/investor/earnings-call/. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

Apple periodically provides information for investors on its corporate website, apple.com, and its investor relations website, investor.apple.com. This includes press releases and other information about financial performance, reports filed or furnished with the SEC, information on corporate governance, and details related to its annual meeting of shareholders.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include without limitation those about the Company’s expectations regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; anticipated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate; plans for return of capital; and our goal of maintaining a net cash neutral position. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, results of operations, financial condition, and stock price; the effect of global and regional economic conditions on the Company’s business, including effects on purchasing decisions by consumers and businesses; the ability of the Company to compete in markets that are highly competitive and subject to rapid technological change; the ability of the Company to manage frequent introductions and transitions of products and services, including delivering to the marketplace, and stimulating customer demand for, new products, services, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that shifts in the mix of products and services and in the geographic, currency, or channel mix, component cost increases, increases in the cost of acquiring and delivering content for the Company’s services, price competition, or the introduction of new products or services, including new products or services with higher cost structures, could have on the Company’s gross margin; the dependency of the Company on the performance of distributors of the Company’s products, including cellular network carriers and other resellers; the risk of write-downs on the value of inventory and other assets and purchase commitment cancellation risk; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components, services, and new technologies essential to the Company’s business, including components and technologies that may only be available from single or limited sources; the dependency of the Company on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties, many of which are located outside of the US and which may affect the quality, quantity, or cost of products manufactured or services rendered to the Company; the effect of product and services design and manufacturing defects on the Company’s financial performance and reputation; the dependency of the Company on third-party intellectual property and digital content, which may not be available to the Company on commercially reasonable terms or at all; the dependency of the Company on support from third-party software developers to develop and maintain software applications and services for the Company’s products; the impact of unfavorable legal proceedings or government investigations; the impact of complex and changing laws and regulations worldwide, which expose the Company to potential liabilities, increased costs, and other adverse effects on the Company’s business; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s retail stores; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s investments in new business strategies and acquisitions; the impact on the Company’s business and reputation from information technology system failures, network disruptions, or losses or unauthorized access to, or release of, confidential information; the ability of the Company to comply with laws and regulations regarding data protection; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; political events, international trade disputes, war, terrorism, natural disasters, public health issues, and other business interruptions that could disrupt supply or delivery of, or demand for, the Company’s products; financial risks, including risks relating to currency fluctuations, credit risks, and fluctuations in the market value of the Company’s investment portfolio; and changes in tax rates and exposure to additional tax liabilities. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including in the "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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© 2020 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Apple Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

(In millions, except number of shares which are reflected in thousands and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

September 26,
2020

September 28,
2019

September 26,
2020

September 28,
2019

Net sales:

Products

$

50,149

$

51,529

$

220,747

$

213,883

Services

14,549

12,511

53,768

46,291

Total net sales (1)

64,698

64,040

274,515

260,174

Cost of sales:

Products

35,197

35,238

151,286

144,996

Services

4,812

4,489

18,273

16,786

Total cost of sales

40,009

39,727

169,559

161,782

Gross margin

24,689

24,313

104,956

98,392

Operating expenses:

Research and development

4,978

4,110

18,752

16,217

Selling, general and administrative

4,936

4,578

19,916

18,245

Total operating expenses

9,914

8,688

38,668

34,462

Operating income

14,775

15,625

66,288

63,930

Other income/(expense), net

126

502

803

1,807

Income before provision for income taxes

14,901

16,127

67,091

65,737

Provision for income taxes

2,228

2,441

9,680

10,481

Net income

$

12,673

$

13,686

$

57,411

$

55,256

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.74

$

0.76

$

3.31

$

2.99

Diluted

$

0.73

$

0.76

$

3.28

$

2.97

Shares used in computing earnings per share:

Basic

17,057,622

17,963,249

17,352,119

18,471,336

Diluted

17,256,521

18,081,493

17,528,214

18,595,651

(1) Net sales by reportable segment:

Americas

$

30,698

$

29,322

$

124,556

$

116,914

Europe

16,900

14,946

68,640

60,288

Greater China

7,946

11,134

40,308

43,678

Japan

5,023

4,982

21,418

21,506

Rest of Asia Pacific

4,131

3,656

19,593

17,788

Total net sales

$

64,698

$

64,040

$

274,515

$

260,174

(1) Net sales by category:

iPhone

$

26,444

$

33,362

$

137,781

$

142,381

Mac

9,032

6,991

28,622

25,740

iPad

6,797

4,656

23,724

21,280

Wearables, Home and Accessories

7,876

6,520

30,620

24,482

Services

14,549

12,511

53,768

46,291

Total net sales

$

64,698

$

64,040

$

274,515

$

260,174

Apple Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(In millions, except number of shares which are reflected in thousands and par value)

September 26,
2020

September 28,
2019

ASSETS:

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

38,016

$

48,844

Marketable securities

52,927

51,713

Accounts receivable, net

16,120

22,926

Inventories

4,061

4,106

Vendor non-trade receivables

21,325

22,878

Other current assets

11,264

12,352

Total current assets

143,713

162,819

Non-current assets:

Marketable securities

100,887

105,341

Property, plant and equipment, net

36,766

37,378

Other non-current assets

42,522

32,978

Total non-current assets

180,175

175,697

Total assets

$

323,888

$

338,516

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

42,296

$

46,236

Other current liabilities

42,684

37,720

Deferred revenue

6,643

5,522

Commercial paper

4,996

5,980

Term debt

8,773

10,260

Total current liabilities

105,392

105,718

Non-current liabilities:

Term debt

98,667

91,807

Other non-current liabilities

54,490

50,503

Total non-current liabilities

153,157

142,310

Total liabilities

258,549

248,028

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders’ equity:

Common stock and additional paid-in capital, $0.00001 par value: 50,400,000 shares authorized; 16,976,763 and 17,772,945 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

50,779

45,174

Retained earnings

14,966

45,898

Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)

(406)

(584)

Total shareholders’ equity

65,339

90,488

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

323,888

$

338,516

Apple Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

(In millions)

Twelve Months Ended

September 26,
2020

September 28,
2019

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning balances

$

50,224

$

25,913

Operating activities:

Net income

57,411

55,256

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash generated by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

11,056

12,547

Share-based compensation expense

6,829

6,068

Deferred income tax benefit

(215)

(340)

Other

(97)

(652)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

6,917

245

Inventories

(127)

(289)

Vendor non-trade receivables

1,553

2,931

Other current and non-current assets

(9,588)

873

Accounts payable

(4,062)

(1,923)

Deferred revenue

2,081

(625)

Other current and non-current liabilities

8,916

(4,700)

Cash generated by operating activities

80,674

69,391

Investing activities:

Purchases of marketable securities

(114,938)

(39,630)

Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities

69,918

40,102

Proceeds from sales of marketable securities

50,473

56,988

Payments for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(7,309)

(10,495)

Payments made in connection with business acquisitions, net

(1,524)

(624)

Purchases of non-marketable securities

(210)

(1,001)

Proceeds from non-marketable securities

92

1,634

Other

(791)

(1,078)

Cash generated by/(used in) investing activities

(4,289)

45,896

Financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

880

781

Payments for taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards

(3,634)

(2,817)

Payments for dividends and dividend equivalents

(14,081)

(14,119)

Repurchases of common stock

(72,358)

(66,897)

Proceeds from issuance of term debt, net

16,091

6,963

Repayments of term debt

(12,629)

(8,805)

Repayments of commercial paper, net

(963)

(5,977)

Other

(126)

(105)

Cash used in financing activities

(86,820)

(90,976)

Increase/(Decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(10,435)

24,311

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, ending balances

$

39,789

$

50,224

Supplemental cash flow disclosure:

Cash paid for income taxes, net

$

9,501

$

15,263

Cash paid for interest

$

3,002

$

3,423

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Contacts

Apple
Press Contact:
Kristin Huguet Quayle, (408) 974-2414
khuguet@apple.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Tejas Gala, (669) 227-2402
tgala@apple.com