Apple +7% AH; iPhone strength provides a lift to margins

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Stronger-than-expected iPhone sales (carry higher margins than iPad/Mac sales) led Apple (AAPL) to post an FQ2 gross margin of 39.3% +180 bps Y/Y and above guidance of 37%-38%. GM guidance is set at 37%-38% for FQ3.

iPhone revenue (57% of total revenue) +17% Y/Y to $26.1B, an improvement from FQ1's 6% growth. iPad revenue -13% to $7.6B, a reversal from FQ1's +7%. Mac revenue +1% to $5.5B vs. +16% in FQ1.

iTunes/software/services revenue +11% to $4.57B (+19% in FQ1), accessories +3% to $1.4B, iPods -52% to $461M.

Exc. retail, Americas revenue +2% vs. -1% in FQ1. Europe +4% vs. +5%, Greater China +13% vs. +29%, Japan (has been a strong spot) +26% vs. +11%, rest of Asia-Pac (has been a weak spot) -17% vs. -9%. Retail sales were flat after growing 9% last quarter.

~$18B was spent on buybacks, providing a lift to EPS. As a result, Apple's cash/investment balance fell by ~$9B to $150B.

FQ2 results, split announcement, PR