Here come Apple’s Q4 2020 earnings





Tim Cook wearing a suit and tie: Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images


© Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images
Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

  • Apple will report its fiscal fourth quarter earnings on Thursday.
  • Analysts will be looking for any clues about how the iPhone 12 is performing, guidance for Q1 2021, and comments made on the earnings call.
  • First weekend iPhone sales usually give the company a boost in the September quarter earnings, but the iPhone 12 launched later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will not be included in Apple’s latest-quarter reporting.
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Apple will report its fiscal fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, but Wall Street will be more fixated on the company’s expectations for its fiscal first quarter of 2021 and hints about reception of the iPhone 12.

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Smartphone revenue for Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter usually gets an extra bump from first weekend sales of the latest iPhone, which typically launches in late September. But the iPhone 12 debuted later than usual this year, in October, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning Apple’s earnings for the September quarter won’t serve as a bellwether for early iPhone 12 adoption.

Instead, analysts will be looking for any comments made on the company’s quarterly earnings call for an indication of how the iPhone 12 lineup is performing. They’ll also be looking for Q1 2021 revenue guidance, although Apple hasn’t provided guidance at all during the pandemic.

Here’s a look at the key numbers to watch. Analyst estimates are based on Bloomberg Consensus data.

  • Q4 2020 revenue: Analysts are looking for $63.48 billion. Apple posted $64 billion in the year-ago quarter. 
  • Q4 2020 earnings per share: Analysts are expecting $0.70. Apple posted $0.71 in fiscal Q4 2019 (adjusted after its 4-for-1 stock split).
  • iPhone revenue: Analysts are expecting $27.06 billion. iPhone revenue was $33.36 billion in Q4 2019.
  • Services revenue: Analysts are looking for $13.87 billion. Services revenue reached $12.5 billion in the same period last year.  
  • Wearables revenue: Analysts estimate $7.35 billion. The wearables, home, and accessories unit reached $6.5 billion…

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