What are your expectations for Apple’s earnings report this Wednesday?

“Apple’s second quarter is expected to be weak compared with its December quarter, as sales of iPods and other consumer electronics typically stall after the holidays,” The Associated Press reports. “In January the company projected earnings of about 38 cents per share, including 4 cents per share for stock option expenses, on $4.3 billion in revenue. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect the company to earn, on average, 43 cents per share on $4.54 billion in revenue.”

“Merrill Lynch analyst Richard Farmer, who recently lowered his 2006 iPod sales estimates to 47 million from 53 million, suggested that the company’s “Boot Camp” roll out has been overestimated by the investment community. Still, Farmer believes the introduction of “Boot Camp” could result in an “incremental” increase in Macintosh computer sales in 2007. Farmer has a ‘Neutral’ rating on Apple,” AP reports. “American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu, who has a ‘Buy’ rating on the stock, suspects the company will deliver a “solid” March quarter, and expects the company to issue fairly conservative guidance.”

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MacDailyNews Take: How good of a prognosticator are you? How many Mac units for the quarter? How many iPod units? Total revenue? Please post your predictions below and we’ll check back after Wednesday’s earning release. Apple’s record-setting Q1 2006 (holiday quarter ended December 31, 2005) saw 1,254,000 Mac units shipped, 14,043,000 iPods, and revenue of $5.75 billion. At the release of Q1 2006 earnings, Apple stated second quarter 2006 expectations of $4.3 billion in revenue, which some analysts saw as too conservative.

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  1. ANYONE can guess? Okay, here goes:

    Mac units: 1M – based on post holid sales slump and moderate Intel transition impact as well as the lack of low cost Intel Notebooks in pipe (MacBook)

    iPods: 8.5M – based on aging product line and possibility some are awaiting “true” iPod video unit. Also depressed due to lack of vdeo availability and continuing pressure from also-rans.

    Revenues: 4.3B – based on Apple guidance of 4.3B as Apple seeks to re-set analyst’s view that they are giving soft numbers. If they do wish to reset numbers, this is the quarter to do it before back to school and holiday sales get in the forecast.

  2. Mac units: 1.1M
    iPods: 8M
    Revenues: 4.4B
    Earnings: 42 cents

    Mac units shipped were mostly higher margin units. Some problems with the MacBook Pros probably dragged on earnings.

    Apple has begun peddling accessories. This will increase earnings. No significant new ipod releases though, and this will hurt a bit.

    Apple must have had some higher content distribution revenue this quarter, due mainly to gift card-spillover from the holiday season, and to new video content. The extra volume on iTunes is most likely high margin.

  3. Macs: 1.25 million
    iPods: 14.5 million
    Revenue: $4.45 B

    And I’m in agreement that no matter what Apple announces, the stock will drop. Always happens. The market must just be programmed that way, I guess.

  4. My guess is 4.8B in revenue 1mil Macs sold (mini volume makes up for some MacBook Pro shortages) and 10.1mil iPods

    The stock will be a little higher at these numbers, if less than these, the stock will drop down to $56-57, if higher than these numbers, the stock will rally to challenge the ytd high of $86.

  5. Mac units: 1.1M
    iPods: 8.5M
    Revenues: 4.6B
    Earnings: 43 cents

    Overall, not too bad, but I’m sure the market will react badly. The surprise may be that they sold a lot more MBPs than anticipated since demand and supply were close to parity by the end of the quarter. Whether the iMac sales are good will be interesting too.

    Apple may comment on how well Intel are at meeting deadlines. May certainly help justify the transistion.

    As for pods – there’s a bit of slump cos the nano needs updating though the improved margin with increased video pod sales may help the profit line.

  6. Doesn’t matter. This is an interim period we are in. Apple’s conversion to a company that sells aluminum boxes to run Vista and the producer of tunes for players (that they ship by the tens of millions)is well underway. When everyone recongizes this as Steve’s plan, and respond to it, then a proper prediction can be made. While so many are in denial, it’s a crap shoot – heck, it’s a crap shoot anyway.

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