For Apple 2012 started with almost the same growth as 2011 started. Q1 2011 saw earnings growth of 92% and Q1 2012 saw growth of 94%. As the following revenue growth table shows, the pattern for the last twelve months has been very consistent:
Here are some notes:
- The iPad is growing at a faster rate than the iPhone and has achieved in two years what the iPhone took four.
- The iPhone grew units at nearly 90% and revenues at 85%. This is slightly below the quarterly average over the last two years of 99%
- The Mac showed significant weakness though the previous year’s Q1 had exceptionally high growth of 32%. The Mac still grew faster than the market and therefore gained share
- The iPod is declining consistently. Units showed a lesser decline than revenues as the average price dropped from $164 to $157.
- The iTunes store continues to grow very rapidly, reaching a new record level above $2.1 billion revenues
- Peripherals were weak with 11% growth but that may have something to do with lowered Mac sales
- Software had good quarter though not exceptional
- The top line grew at nearly 60% which is not exceptional but the bottom line grew at 94% which is above average
Overall, the company had a very good quarter and showed consistency, which, incidentally, implies predictability. The following graph shows the top and bottom lines in historical context with color coding matching the table above.