Apple Reports Second Quarter Results
Capital Return Programme Expanding to $250 Billion
“Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices.”
The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorised an increase of $50 billion to the Company’s programme to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded programme, Apple plans to spend a cumulative total of $250 billion of cash by the end of March 2018.
“We generated strong operating cash flow of $11.6 billion and returned $10 billion to shareholders through our capital return programme during the March quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “Thanks to the strength of our business results, we are happy to be announcing today a further increase of the programme to $250 billion.”
As part of the updated programme, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorisation to $175 billion from the $140 billion level announced last year. The Company also expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units.
The Board has approved an increase of 10 percent to the Company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $.57 per share, payable on May 12, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 9, 2016.
From the inception of its capital return programme in August 2012 through March 2016, Apple has returned over $163 billion to shareholders, including $117 billion in share repurchases.
The Company plans to continue to access the domestic and international debt markets to assist in funding the programme. The management team and the Board will continue to review each element of the capital return programme regularly and plan to provide an update on the programme on an annual basis.
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2016 third quarter:
- revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion
- gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent
- operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion
- other income/(expense) of $300 million
- tax rate of 25.5 percent
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