Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:52

Analyzing Apple's Q2 Earnings, Google Challenging Amazon & Microsoft on CNBC Stock Draft Picks Today at 2:30 Featured

Okay, it's time to review Apple's earnings. It's interesting that so many in the street and off are coming around to my way of thinking regarding Apple. To me that means that fundamental analysis is starting to return. I have had more hedge funds request Apple research than at any time in my site's history.  Before we move on to the Apple analysis, I want to inform all that I will be discussing this on air live today in the “CNBC Stock Draft 2012” live on @StreetSignsCNBC, 2:30 pm ET, hash-tag: #cnbcstockdraft2012


Here’s the competition:

  • Abigail Doolittle - DOOLITTLE'S DO-A-LOTS
  • James Altucher – THE BOOM TEAM
  • Reggie Middleton – TEAM BOOM BUST
  • Pete Najarian – THE PONY EXPRESS
  • Paul Hickey – B.I.G. MONEY
  • Guy Adami – THE OUTSIDERS

Here’s the list of stocks:

  • Apple
  • Starbucks
  • Mastercard
  • Dollar Tree
  • Facebook (You buy the stock POST IPO .. you don’t get it at the IPO price…must buy at first day closing price)
  • Google
  • AT&T
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Dell
  • Microsoft
  • Coca Cola
  • Exxon Mobil
  • McDonalds
  • Groupon
  • JC Penney
  • Netflix
  • Best Buy
  • RadioShack
  • RIMM
  • Green Mountain Coffee

On that note, its time to review Apple's Q2 results. Subscribers, please download File Icon Apple 2Q2012 results analysis.

In short, we significantly underestimated the international sell through of the iPhone, as did much of the sell side. We were off, and wrong on that part and although there was significant internal discussion on raising estimates, the work that went out was not what it should have been. I mention this because we are consistently more optimistic than the sell side in terms of units shipped, thus more accurate come earnings time. This quarter was a snafu. I also mention it because I tend to be a perfectionist and the deviance between the actual results and the projection should have been minimized. With that being said, the logic behind the added caution is still quite valid. 

For all of those near fanatics who do not subscribe, I suggest you ask a friend who does subscribe to share with you the difference between last month's valuation note target price (page 10 of File Icon Apple Margin & Valuation Note) and the price of Apple today, the day after earnings (click here to subscribe).

As excerpted: 

It is worth noting that the key assumptions that underline the above valuations – (1) iPhone continuing to witness stupendous growth *******  in 2012 and ****** 2013 over a larger base and (2) iPhone margins continue to remain healthy off stable prices and despite increase in material cost – should be keenly watched over the next couple of quarters. 

Then ask them bout the logical argument behind the concern with Apple and the extremely volatile price action of the last few weeks. As stated many times in the past, The BoomBustBlog argument and analysis is solid.

What else is there to the earnings announcement? Well we were absolutely correct in terms of the oncoming margin compression of the the product lines, something that was actually easy to see coming but many refused to admit. Of course, there will be those select few that say, "But wait, the company reported an INCREASE in margins while you said there will be a decrease!". Yes, that's true and both can exist simultaneously.




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