Apple stuns Street with massive $46.33 billion record revenue; all-time record Mac, iPhone, iPad sales

Brace yourselves. This one’s a biggie:

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter which spanned 14 weeks and ended December 31, 2011. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $26.74 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 44.7 percent compared to 38.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter, a 111 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.4 million iPods, a 21 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

“We are very happy to have generated over $17.5 billion in cash flow from operations during the December quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the second fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 13 weeks, we expect revenue of about $32.5 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $8.50.”

Trading in AAPL shares has been halted in after-hours trading. Apple shares to resume trading at 4:50pm ET.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2012 financial results conference call beginning at 5:00pm ET which MacDailyNews will cover with live notes. Check our home page at 4:55-ish for the live conference call coverage.

According Thompson Financial, the analysts’ consensus called for $38.85 billion in revenue and $10.08 EPS.

On October 18, 2011, Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, gave Q112 guidance of “revenue of about $37 billion” and “diluted earnings per share of about $9.30.”

MacDailyNews Take: Boom!

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