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Apple's jaw-dropping quarter is a win across the board (and investors get some sugar)

Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Robinhood Snacks | Disclosures
_The scene at Apple, Google, and Facebook offices yesterday [laflor/E+ via GettyImages]_

The scene at Apple, Google, and Facebook offices yesterday [laflor/E+ via GettyImages]

No imposter syndrome here... Apple just showed off why it deserves to be Earth's most valuable company. The Fruit demolished earnings expectations.

  • Sales were up 54% to $90B, a record for the January to March quarter.
  • Profit more than 2X'd to $24B, notably higher than Wall Street expected.

Winners across the keyboard... Apple saw double-digit sales growth across all product categories (even iPad) for the second quarter in a row. Mac revenue soared 70% to a fresh record, as you upgraded your WFH life. iPad sales were up 79%, as you distracted your toddler with the tablet. And Services revenue (think: Music, TV, Books) reached an all-time high.

  • iPhone was the star chef in Tim Cook's kitchen, serving up expectation-smashing sales growth.
  • iPhone sales soared 65% to $48B (more than half of Apple's total sales). The new 5G-enabled iPhone 12 fueled a sweet upgrade cycle.
THE TAKEAWAY

Big profits can come back to investors... Investors own a piece of the company pie, so they can share in the company's profit. After this killer quarter, Apple is sharing the love with investors: it authorized $90B in stock buybacks, much more than it did the last two years. By buying back a large amount of its own shares (reabsorbing them), a company can improve its stock price by reducing the numbers of shares outstanding. Another way to reward shareholders is through paying dividends: and Apple just raised its dividend by 7%.