PRESS RELEASE 31 October 2019

Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Services Revenue Reaches All-Time High of US$12.5 Billion

EPS Sets New Fourth Quarter Record of US$3.03

Cupertino, California — 30 October, 2019 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter ended 28 September, 2019. The Company posted quarterly revenue of US$64 billion, an increase of 2 per cent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of US$3.03, up 4 per cent. International sales accounted for 60 per cent of the quarter’s revenue.
“We concluded a groundbreaking fiscal 2019 with our highest Q4 revenue ever, fuelled by accelerating growth from Services, Wearables and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With customers and reviewers raving about the new generation of iPhones, today’s debut of new, noise-cancelling AirPods Pro, the hotly-anticipated arrival of Apple TV+ just two days away, and our best lineup of products and services ever, we’re very optimistic about what the holiday quarter has in store.”
“Our strong business performance drove record Q4 EPS of US$3.03 and record Q4 operating cash flow of US$19.9 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned over US$21 billion to shareholders, including almost US$18 billion in share repurchases and US$3.5 billion in dividends and equivalents, as we continue on our path to reaching a net cash neutral position over time.”
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2020 first quarter:
  • revenue between US$85.5 billion and US$89.5 billion
  • gross margin between 37.5 per cent and 38.5 per cent
  • operating expenses between US$9.6 billion and US$9.8 billion
  • other income/(expense) of US$200 million
  • tax rate of approximately 16.5 per cent
Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of US$0.77 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on 14 November, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on 11 November, 2019.
Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2019 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on 30 October, 2019 at www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.
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