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  • Leaked docs point to cheaper iPhone 5C [View news story]
    Apple's 5c is not there for only a year. It is a long term strategie.
    1) to take some of the middle price market share. That is why the 8gb may be launched in near future. After the Iphone6 launch the 5c's 8 & 16 gb official price will be that of 4s now. And, Apple after the 6s launch in 2015 will again lower the price to what the 4 is sold now. This way, apple will effectively get some market share in middle price segment giving those people access to high quality iphones at reasonable price.
    2) Apple's 5c strategie described above will almost not canibalize it's flagship device's sales. This is proven with the sales figures of Q1 2014. The ASP of $637 shows a mixtes towards 5s.
    3) tge one year old 5s will sell as good as 4s in it's time when the 5 was launched. This will fill the gap between the high end (the flag ship) & the middle end (the 5c generation).

    If this is true ( i firmly beleive that it is the strategie behind 5c) then we can say that Apple has found the best way to occupy a bigger market segment without much sacrificing the gross margin.
    Mar 18, 2014. 05:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sifting The Apple Rumors: iPhone 6 [View article]
    Dreaming is the starting point of every innovation.
    Mar 9, 2014. 06:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Time For A Dividend Raise [View article]
    At author. Apple can buy it's own shares by it's foreign subsidiaries but cannot offset those shares. Those shares have to sit on the balance sheet as any other investment. But Apple can decide not to pay dividends to it's holder (Apple's subdiary co).
    Mar 5, 2014. 05:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Tim Cook Does Not Care About The 'Bloody ROI', Does He Care About The 'Bloody Stock Price'? [View article]
    TC's answer was to those stupid questions was the best. The fellow who asked those question should be very stupid to think that Apple's environmental expenses do have some significant effect on ROI. Apple's bottom line is hardly affected by such expenses.
    Mar 3, 2014. 06:25 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Haunted Empire [View news story]
    There is nothing original in this book & i cannot understand how the judgment of an obscur writer about the management of such a company like Apple can have any value. SJ's failures are all forgotten. Siri is SJ's baby. Apple map was a SJ time product & was the responsibility of one of SJ' protegee who would have never survived at Apple et SJ was not that authoratrian CEO.
    People have their own judgement & from what i have read i think the people will very quickly realise how irrelevant is this book. I don't think that it would be worth spending a penny on it
    Mar 2, 2014. 10:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mizuho's checks point to July iPhone launch. MS notes institutional selling. [View news story]
    I am so astonished that shareholders are so impatient. I think that we have to give 2 years to Apple for bringing new products to market. Last new product launch was in 2010 (ipad). 4 to 5 years for a completely new product is not too long. Remember that ipad was allready an advanced project when SJ decided to go ahead with iphone before finishing ipad. Patience & enjoy the dividend which will probably increase by 10 to 15% in may.
    Feb 26, 2014. 05:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung unveils Galaxy S5. U.S. launch set for April. [View news story]
    Apple never gave so little new fitures on its releases & they all criticised Apple for not innovating. Lets see what will be the reaction after S5 release. Up to now no negative reaction but nothing positive either.
    Feb 25, 2014. 04:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Inventory Risks Loom For Apple [View article]
    @MB. TC in his interview to WSJ said clearly that the numbers sold were actually the exact sales thru ones. Unless you could prove that TC lied you must present your appologies to all readers for wrong statements.
    Feb 24, 2014. 10:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Inventory Risks Loom For Apple [View article]
    @ MB. The chanel inventory is accounted ar cost price not sales price. Items sitting on the chanel inventory do ptoduce profit when sold. Apple's chanel inventory iphones are accounted in the global chanel inventory which is 2.1B. You have been told this by other posts but you seem to be persisting in ignoring it because that suits better your final conclusion.
    Why are you trying to bring false assumptions. Do you try to convince yourself?
    Feb 23, 2014. 09:03 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Inventory Risks Loom For Apple [View article]
    @ MB. Once again, either you know nothing from accounting or you state puposedly wrong statements to back your conclusion.

    On accounting side. Apple sold 51M iphones at average sales price of 637$ per unit. Those are effectively sold. The chanel inventory increaed from 14m to 15M. That means that, during the quarter, Apple produced 1M iphones more that they sold. The 15M iphones in the chanel inventory are allready accounted as far as the production cost is concerned but not accounted as sales value. Those 15M items are sitting on the balance sheet. This is a positive fact of the quarter earning announcement not a negative fact.
    There is not one person, excepted you, who misinterpreted this point. Apple gives the exact sales figures and do not cheat with their investors as you suggest.
    In french we call you " fourbe".
    Feb 22, 2014. 12:15 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quantifying Apple's Strategic Errors [View article]
    @MB. I am not committed to any company. I just cant accept false assumptions. As to the word "advice", sorry for the writing as I am not an original english speaking person but I can challenge you in persian (my mother language), french (my principal language), italian (the language of my heart), turkish (my grand mother's language) that i learnt when child, arabic (i had to learn it as a third language at school) & spanish (my actual hobby).
    As to my post, i could not expect a consistent response because you could not possibly and arguably refute my numbers (the true).
    Feb 16, 2014. 04:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quantifying Apple's Strategic Errors [View article]
    @ MB. You must be a very arrogant person. According to you, Apple's management & an army of all kind of people between the most intelligents in the world working in all domains working for Apple were/are not able to see the advantage that Apple could get from lowering it's products price & making those available to a vaster percentage of the entire market. According to you MB, Apple's management is certainly not capable of making those calculations & Apple's management were/are not able to see & nobody had/has never told them that your's suggested strategy is a possibility.

    Mr Blair, IMHO, Apple's management has certainly envisaged all that you suggest & has made the necessary market researches & ultimately has reached the conclusion that : a) there is no money at the low end segment &, b) in the middle price segment the competition is/can be too fierce and the products could/would become commoditized/commodities and margins would be low or next to nothing.

    In first lecture, your assumption & therefor the calculation seem to be right.
    Wow, why Apple is so stupid ?
    But, wait a minute.
    May be there is something wrong some where.
    Calculations are just additions & multiplications & even if you may not be able to conduct a multiplication, there are calculators for that.
    So your assumptions may be wrong. lets consider those assumption.

    a) Your first assumption : Apple would get 40% of the overall smartphone market. a 400$ price smartphone is the top/low of the middle/high segment's. Apple's actual 15% or 151M represents almost 55% of the top segment. So the top segment is +/- 275M units. We can assume reasonably that the middle price segment represents 330M leaving 400M for the low price segment. We can also reasonably assume a 400$ smartphone market occupies 1/3rd of the middle price segment. so this part of the middle price segment is 110M units. So with a 400$ price smartphone Apple would aim to a segment of market representing 275 + 110 M = 375M.
    You assume that with a 400$ price Apple would have 40% of the market and would sell 1004 *40% = 400M
    But the total market size of 400+$ segment is only 375M. So according to you Apple will have 107% share of the addressable market size. THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE AS APPLE CAN NOT HAVE MORE THAN 100% OF A POSSIBLE MARKET. All other companies shipping negative unit numbers.

    b) your 2nd assumption presumes that Apple will have a 50% of market share in Tablets. But Apple's actual 33% market share represents almost 75% of the high end of the market. Here we can assume that the market is divided between Junk & good or enough good tablets & Apple is getting 2/3rd of the good & enough good tablets markets share. Total market being 217M. Good & enough good market = 110M & Apple's 72M = 65,5% of this segment.
    Your assumption of Apple's lower priced tablet getting 50% of the total market = 217*50% = 108.5M tablets sold by Apple. This is almost 100% of the addressable market size.

    So both for Iphone & Ipad, your 40% & 50% possible markets shares if the prices were lowered by 200 & 100 $ are absolutely wrong & foolish. The rest of calculation becomes also wrong.

    In an other post, i have told you that the content consumers & the accessory buyers are not necessarily going to be willing to spend as much money as the actual category of Apple's clients are spending.

    Besides all, a recent study shows that Apple is having more than 85% of the overall smartphone profit. Samsung being the 2nd far behind & almost all others losing money so the total profit share of Apple, Samsung's & a very few other companies that don't lose is 120%.

    So Mr Blair, my advise would be : before submitting such conclusions please make a little calculation to see if the assumptions leading to those conclusions could be in overall reasonably applicable or not.
    Feb 16, 2014. 12:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quantifying Apple's Strategic Errors [View article]
    @author. Many errors of numbers interpretation.
    All content buyers are not equivalent. Android content buyers dont spend as much as ios content buyers. If you price the idevices lower, you may have more devices sold but not more content & accessories.
    Lower price will damage the brand & the staus symbol. Apple will become +/- like samsung without some of the advantages that samsung has. The competition will be much strong & the price war will kill every one specially those who are not vertically integrated.
    MB or Porshe do not battle on price. They will lose their market if they did so.

    What You seem tovrefuse to understand is that Apple is a brand & is going to be more & more a luxury brand. Your semi intellectual assumtions do not apply to brands but to commodity items. Apple is selling smartphones & tablets. Those items are commodities but Apple's devices are not. It is like saying that cars are commodity items but MB or Porshe are not.
    Feb 13, 2014. 04:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Secret Code To The Apple Cash Vault [View article]
    Apple's offshore money is free to be repatriated with repatriation tax payment. There is no other barrier as this money is after tax of the countries where it is earned.
    Feb 12, 2014. 09:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Secret Code To The Apple Cash Vault [View article]
    @RadarTheKat. Apple obviously should declare such move & also the Maximum amount dedicated to such purchase. Apple would not be allowed to trade on the market but could sell those shares in private if needed. But i doubt that Apple would need one day to sell those. This would be like money invested in the bond market with an interest rate equivalent to the dividend.
    Feb 12, 2014. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment