Apple’s first quarter earnings report and conference call will take place on January 23rd, 2013, according to an Investor Relations update on Apple’s website first noted by MacRumors. Apple will provide a live audio webcast of the event.
Apple plans to conduct a conference call to discuss financial results of its first fiscal quarter on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET.
For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012 (which ended on September 29th), Apple posted revenue of $36 billion ($8.67 per diluted share), with 14 million iPads, 26.9 million iPhones and million 4.9 Macs sold. In Q4 2012, the company reported quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, and the entire 2012 fiscal year generated $156.53 billion revenue for Apple.
The first fiscal quarter is traditionally the biggest quarter of the year for the company, as it directly follows the holiday season, including sales for Thanksgiving/Black Friday in the US and Christmas. Q1 2013 will provide a first real insight into sales of the iPad mini, and it will offer details on the iPhone 5's performances following several international launches in the past few months (international sales accounted for 60 percent of Apple's revenue in Q4 2012) and the fact that, when Q4 2012 ended on September 29th, the device had only been out for 8 days in 9 countries (where it was released on September 21st).
On December 3rd, the iPhone 5 was available in 47 countries; after Apple's announcement, the availability of the device jumped to 102 countries by the end of December 2012, with an average of 1.04 countries added in 98 days since the first rollout on September 14th (when pre-orders were launched). In mid-December, Apple announced that first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 in China topped 2 million units.
As for the iPad, the WiFi version of the mini went on sale on November 2 in 34 countries alongside the fourth generation model. Various international rollouts followed the initial launch; Apple also started releasing the WiFi + Cellular version of the iPad mini in mid-November. On November 5th, Apple announced it had sold 3 million iPads (mini + 4th gen) in three days. For context, the 3rd generation iPad launched in 10 initial countries, and then rolled out to 25 more a week later; both WiFi and WiFi + Cellular versions of the 3rd generation iPad were available at launch.
In its guidance for the upcoming first fiscal quarter, Apple said they are expecting "revenue of about $52 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $11.75"; it's worth keeping in mind how Apple usually "lowballs" its guidance, subsequently "beating" analysts' (and their own) expectations.
We will provide live updates from the conference call on our site’s homepage on January 23rd starting at 2 PM PT.