Apple bulldozes the Street; reports revenue of $6.22 billion, record 2.2 million Macs shipped

Apple Inc. has reported Q4 07 net income $1.01 per share, profit of $904 million vs. $542 million in the year ago quarter. Apple reported Q4 07 revenue of $6.22 billion. Apple shipped 2.2 million Macs, 10.2 million iPods, and 1.1 million iPhones.

Apple guided above Wall Street expectations for Q1 08: Apple sees revs of $9.2 billion and earnings of about $1.42 per share. The Street consensus was for $8.58 billion in revenue and earnings of $1.39 per share.

Ahead of earnings, analysts’ consensus estimates, as surveyed by Thomson Financial, were for Apple will earn $0.86 per share on $6.07 billion in revenue for the quarter, compared to a profit of $0.62 per share on $4.84 billion in revenue in the year ago quarter.

Apple’s press release:
Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2007 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2007. The Company posted revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $542 million, or $.62 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 33.6 percent, up from 29.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 2,164,000 Macintosh computers, representing 34 percent growth over the year-ago quarter and exceeding the previous quarterly record for Mac shipments by 400,000. The Company sold 10,200,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 17 percent growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone sales were 1,119,000, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 sales to 1,389,000.

“We are very pleased to have generated over $24 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in net income in fiscal 2007,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Apple’s best products ever.”

“Apple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we expect revenue of about $9.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of about $1.42.”

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2007 financial results conference call utilizing QuickTime, Apple’s standards-based technology for live and on-demand audio and video streaming. The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, October 22, 2007 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq407/ and will also be available for replay.

Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rose $3.94 or 2.31% today to hit a new all-time closing high of 174.36 on volume of 43,699,397 shares. Apple’s 52-week (intraday) high stands at $174.90, set today. Apple’s 52-week low stands at $76.77, set on December 27, 2006.

In after-hours trading, Apple is up $0.24 or 0.14% to $174.60 on volume of 177,407 shares.

MacDailyNews Note: “I am putting a sell on Apple, the company that created the iPhone,” Laura Goldman, investment advisor, LSG Capital, May 21, 2007. AAPL closed at $111.98 that day. Apple has risen over 55.7% since Goldman’s “sell” recommendation.

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