Analyst: I think Apple’s best days are behind it

“Just hours before Apple is set to report quarterly earnings, one top Internet analyst said the tech company’s best days are behind it,” Anita Balakrishnan reports for CNBC.

“‘The fear is that Apple is entering growth purgatory,’ senior analyst Toni Sacconaghi of Sanford C. Bernstein said Tuesday on CNBC’s Halftime Report. ‘It had the great last cycle with the iPhone 6. The fear is smartphones are in an increasingly mature marketplace, particularly at the high end. That’s almost all of Apple’s earnings and growth,’ Balakrishnan reports. “Shares of Apple dipped below Monday’s close just past noon Tuesday, after Sacconaghi compared its single-digit growth projections to the double-digit expectations for competitors Amazon and Alphabet.”

“‘You’d have to believe that the car would kick in, and drive revenues,’ Sacconaghi said. ‘Or that the watch would ultimately be something very big. But I think investors are worried about the next two-year period. Can there really be iPhone growth?'” Balakrishnan reports. “The comments are an about-face for Sacconaghi, who just two months ago told CNBC he believed iPhone sales could continue to grow in China and gain market share. Though he still believes the company will be a “moderate grower,” Sacconaghi told CNBC that Wall Street has already factored Apple’s decline into its math. ‘I think its best days are behind it,’ Sacconaghi said. ‘The Street is discounting that Apple’s free cash flow will decline in perpetuity.'”

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SEE ALSO:
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So-called ‘analyst’ finds his ‘missing’ iPhones – January 28, 2008
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FUD Alert: CNET article based on lone analyst’s view tries to gin up iPhone demand issue – January 25, 2008

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Bill,” and “Sarah” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. I remember when people said sony would never have a challenge, would be always the big name in personal electronics, i remember when Nokia, motorola, blackberry, and so many others were seemingly bulletproof.

    There is a life expectancy of every product and company. Apple is in its middle age, surviving its youth and now has the biggest challenges ahead, not to die an early death. This takes exceptional leadership. The talent to keep it on the trajectory it had in its midlife, just isn’t there.

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