Chart of the Week: Apple Revenue Soars Above US$100 billion

January 29, 2021

Apple Q1 2021 earnings

A monster quarter. That’s probably the best way of describing the latest numbers that consumer electronics giant Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) just posted earlier this week.

Along with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), there was a slew of earnings announcements from the big, well-known tech giants this week.

While Microsoft set the stage with an impressive across-the-board rise in revenue in its three main product divisions, Apple went one better.

The iPhone giant saw a record period as it raked in revenue of US$111 billion for its fiscal quarter ending 26 December 2020, up 21.4% year-on-year.

Perhaps even more impressively, the company saw double-digit year-on-year increases across all its product categories, including iPhone sales which continued to dominate (see below).

Wearables gaining traction

Even though Apple’s flagship iPhone continues to garner all the attention on the revenue front, the company’s wearables division – which includes AirPods and Apple Watch – saw a 30% year-on-year increase.

With the advent, and accelerated adoption, of remote health monitoring Apple clearly eyes an opportunity to capitalise on a potentially lucrative long-term opportunity.

Reinforcing the Apple ecosystem, via the Apple Watch, iPhone and even iPad (which saw a 41% surge in sales), has been a virtuous cycle for the company.

Apple’s wide product range means the growth trajectories of some of these divisions is still in their relatively younger days, particularly wearables and services.

Meanwhile, Apple’s business in Greater China saw a boost as sales in the region climbed 57% year-on-year as Apple stores in the world’s second-largest economy remained opened longer than they did in the Americas and Europe.

Firing on all cylinders, and netting an impressive US$28.8 billion in net profit over the period, Apple shareholders couldn’t have asked for a more solid quarter.

Apple sales Q1 2021

Source: The National News, Apple.

Disclaimer: ProsperUs Head of Content Tim Phillips owns shares of Microsoft Corporation.

Tim Phillips

Tim, based in Singapore but from Hong Kong, caught the investing bug as a teenager and is a passionate advocate of responsible long-term investing as a great way to build wealth.

He has worked in various content roles at Schroders and the Motley Fool, with a focus on Asian stocks, but believes in buying great businesses – wherever they may be. He is also a certified SGX Academy Trainer.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys running after his two young sons, playing football and practicing yoga.

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