Apple Computer (Cupertino, California, U.S.) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2005 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2005, reporting the highest revenue and earnings in its history.
Apple posted revenue of U.S. $3.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $430 million, or $0.50 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $2.35 billion and a net profit of $106 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 28.1 percent, up from 27.0 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter's revenue.
Earnings per share benefited by $0.12 from several tax items related to net deferred tax assets, tax reserves and a revision to the full year tax rate estimated in prior quarters.
Apple shipped 1,236,000 Macintosh® units and 6,451,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 48 percent growth in Macs and 220 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.
For fiscal 2005, it generated revenue of $13.93 billion and a net profit of $1.335 billion, reflecting annual growth of 68 percent and 384 percent, respectively, and representing the highest annual revenue and net profit in its history.
"We're thrilled to have concluded the best year in Apple's history, with 68 percent year-over-year revenue growth and 384 percent net profit growth," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "This is the direct result of our focus on innovation and the immense talent and creativity at Apple. We could not be more excited about the new products we're working on for 2006."
"We're very pleased to report 48 percent year-over-year growth in Mac shipments in Q4, as well as our 10th consecutive quarter of record iPod sales," said Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. "Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2006 which will span 14 weeks, we expect revenue of about $4.7 billion. We expect GAAP earnings per diluted share of about $0.46, including an estimated $.03 per share expense impact from non-cash share-based compensation, translating to non-GAAP EPS of about $0.49."
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