Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Wall Street expected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. Analysts also expected Apple to report iPhone shipments of about 50.3 million units in the second quarter, bringing in revenue of $33.23 billion for the product category, as per StreetAccount. Apple’s Q215 results: Profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 a share, on revenue of $58 billion.

“Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “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.”

• iPhone: 51.193 million units, $32.857 billion revenue (vs. 61.170 million, $40.282 billion YOY / -16% units YOY, -18% revenue YOY)
• iPad: 10.251 million units, $4.413 billion revenue (vs. 12.623 million, $5.428 billion YOY / -19% units YOY, -19% revenue YOY)
• Mac: 4.034 million units, $5,107 billion revenue (vs. 4.563 million, $5.615 billion YOY / -12% units YOY, -9% revenue YOY)
• Services: $5.991 billion revenue (vs. $4.996 billion YOY / +20% YOY)
• Other Products*: $2.189 billion revenue (vs. $1.689 billion YOY / +30% YOY)

*includes sales of Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and third-party accessories.

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of $50 billion to the Company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, 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 program during the March quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO, in a statement. “Thanks to the strength of our business results, we are happy to be announcing today a further increase of the program to $250 billion.”

As part of the updated program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization 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 program 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 program. The management team and the Board will continue to review each element of the capital return program regularly and plan to provide an update on the program 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

Apple’s Q316 revenue guidance of between $41 billion and $43 billion is light vs. FactSet estimate $47.4 billion.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q2 2016 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on April 26, 2016 at www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/.

MacDailyNews Take: Big, painful, across-the-board miss.