Apple to Announce Q3 2017 Earnings on August 1

Apple today updated its investor relations page to announce that the company will share its earnings for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2017 on Tuesday, August 1.

The earnings release will provide a look at ongoing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sales ahead of the iPhone 8, as well as early sales of the new iPad Pro and Mac models that were introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference.


Apple's guidance for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 includes expected revenue of $43.5 to $45.5 billion and gross margin between 37.5 and 38.5 percent. At that range, Apple's Q3 2017 revenue will exceed Q3 2016 revenue, which was $42.4 billion, but gross margin may fall slightly.

The quarterly earnings statement will be released at 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern. MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings release and conference call on August 1.



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16 months ago
Yikes. It got ugly in here quickly. I forgot what I was going to post. :eek::confused: I hate it when mom and dad argue about money...so I'll go off and read about IPhone 8 rumors.
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16 months ago
Look, there are two things that happen that day: the earnings release AND the conference call with financial analysts.

The tax information is in the earnings release. That's actually the document that gets filed with the SEC. The conference call accompanies the earnings release, but isn't actually a requirement (it is expect from a company like Apple though).

Bladerunner2000 was simply inquiring about the tax information. That's part of the earnings release. He did not ask if the tax information was part of the conference call.

The call is not the official communication. The official communication is the earnings release. Sure, there is usually some additional insight provided in the call (otherwise there would be no point in conducting the call), but it's not a legal document. Of course, shareholders might get understandably upset by any misinformation in the call, but the analysts would probably pick up on any contradictory statements between the earnings release and what is uttered in the call.

If you want to supplement your understanding of Apple's business by reading call transcripts, by all means go ahead, but the document of record is the earning release.

Taxes aren't brought up in the conference call because it's a moot point. Apple sets aside 25-26% to provision for income taxes and there's really no discussion because that's what it will be. It's not up to Apple to make up tax rates. They file a return just like you and I and the government either approves it or doesn't approve it.

But just because taxes aren't mentioned in the typical conference call doesn't mean that Apple hasn't communicated it. They have and it's a crucial number because it affects net income.
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16 months ago

Which Apple's taxes has no correlation with an earnings call.

Untrue.

Apple -- like many companies -- has a provision for income taxes in the consolidated statement of operations. Operating income + other income - provision for income taxes = net income.
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I get what you're saying, but that is collected as well in the purchase of the products. Some accounting genius will correct my minor errors, but here's how I see it:

Example:
Cost of iPhone to design, manufacture, and distribute: $350 (includes everything it costs to get it into your hands on September 18, 2017)

Somebody in Cupertino said, "We need to make $300 profit on each of these bad boys, and sell 80 million of them this year."

His (or her) underling says, "OK, if we sell it to our distributors (i.e. Best Buy, AT&T, T-Mobile) for $000, we'll have a profit, before taxes of $650, and we'll pay out $250 in taxes, so we make the $300 needed. We'll set the sales price at $1000 at the Apple Store, and we'll have some story about short supply, so we get the customary lines around the block, and an extra $100 in profit!"

"OK, sell them for $1000, then, and we'll work on our suppliers to cut costs, so we (and Uncle Sam, at least in the USA) make more!"

That's what I mean by Apple (and any other business that pays taxes) collects for the IRS/Taxing authority. THey just bake it into the price. That's also why they are so creative in the way they lobby the governments.

No, it's not "baked into the price." The provision for income tax is a separate line item. But don't just take my word for it, go read their consolidated statement of operation ('https://www.apple.com/newsroom/pdfs/Q2FY17ConsolidatedFinancialStatements.pdf'). Gross margin does not include income tax, nor is income tax considered an operating expense.

Apple is setting aside 25% as a provision for income taxes.
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16 months ago

I'll let you know now.

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They just acted as collectors for the IRS for any money sent to them.

True for sales tax revenue, but not for all taxes.

Example 1: corporate income tax. Apple owes the government a percentage of their income.

Example 2: property tax. If Apple owns any real estate, it will receive a property tax bill from the respective authority. For Santa Clara County, that would be the County Tax Assessor's office.

Example 3: payroll tax. While it varies by jurisdiction, Apple is required to pay certain payroll taxes. This is not the tax withheld on employee paychecks. Apple probably puts this as an expense in their budget (employee salaries) but technically it's a tax.

Example 4: investment taxes. This is actually a line item in their consolidated statements of cash flow. Apple buys and sells marketable securities, so they are required to pay capital gains taxes.

There are probably more examples for Apple.

Note that at least in California, sales tax collected would not be reported as revenue.

Apple's most recent tax rate was 25.5% according to their quarterly earnings press release ('https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/05/apple-reports-second-quarter-results/').
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16 months ago

I'm more interested in how much taxes they actually paid.


Which Apple's taxes has no correlation with an earnings call.
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16 months ago

I get what you're saying, but that is collected as well in the purchase of the products. Some accounting genius will correct my minor errors, but here's how I see it:

Example:
Cost of iPhone to design, manufacture, and distribute: $350 (includes everything it costs to get it into your hands on September 18, 2017)

Somebody in Cupertino said, "We need to make $300 profit on each of these bad boys, and sell 80 million of them this year."

His (or her) underling says, "OK, if we sell it to our distributors (i.e. Best Buy, AT&T, T-Mobile) for $000, we'll have a profit, before taxes of $650, and we'll pay out $250 in taxes, so we make the $300 needed. We'll set the sales price at $1000 at the Apple Store, and we'll have some story about short supply, so we get the customary lines around the block, and an extra $100 in profit!"

"OK, sell them for $1000, then, and we'll work on our suppliers to cut costs, so we (and Uncle Sam, at least in the USA) make more!"

That's what I mean by Apple (and any other business that pays taxes) collects for the IRS/Taxing authority. THey just bake it into the price. That's also why they are so creative in the way they lobby the governments.

So, you are correct, and I think I am as well. We're just looking at it from two different perspectives.


Many taxes on businesses function, effectively, as pass-through taxes. Income taxes are generally not among them, however, because of the way income taxes generally work.

If a company otherwise believes that selling its products at a given price is the best business decision - e.g., it maximizes gross margins without hurting total sales too much, or it brings more people into the ecosystem to spend more money, or it fosters an aspirational perception regarding their products, or it engenders more good will - then it makes sense to sell their products at that price regardless of income tax rates. If it doesn't otherwise make sense to sell their products at a given price, then it wouldn't make sense to sell them at that price because of income tax rates.

Income taxes, for the most part, function to take away a portion of profits, not a set amount. So whatever maximizes profits (to the extent that's the goal, and to the extent it isn't the same is still true) is what makes sense regardless of what portion of those then-maximized profits will get eaten up by taxes. Whether it's 0% or 50%, maximized profits minus that percentage will be greater than something-less-than maximized profits minus that same percentage.

The only way income tax rates would function as pass-through taxes would be if the goal of businesses was to make a set amount of profit and nothing more. Meaning, if they could just as easily make even more money, they would chose not to. If price elasticity for their products or services is such that they can raise prices with the result that they would make more (pre-tax) profit (over the long term), then, generally speaking, they would do that even if they weren't having to pay more in income taxes.

As I suggested, that's not the case with many taxes on businesses. Because the way they operate is different - e.g., because some of them add to incremental costs - they are often effectively passed on to consumers.
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16 months ago


For those of you who don't know, the Display P3 / Wide Color extended color space is the one differentiated product attribute of the iPhone 7 family, yet Apple hasn't promoted it even once since it was introduced last September 2016.

As such, they've lost-out on tens of billions in additional Revenue ! ... my best guess, they've sold 15M less iPhone 7 Plus models than they could have !


You're telling me that one of the largest companies in the world -- one that invests heavily in marketing -- has overlooked advertising a simple feature that would increase revenue by tens of billions of dollars?

You're also telling me that 15 million more people would buy an iPhone 7 or 7+ instead of a competitor's phone based on extended color space? No way.

It's simply not a feature that anyone cares about right now. People like nice displays as a selling point (see the Retina branding, for example), but phone displays on high-end Android or Apple phones are already "good enough" for regular users who make up 99.99% of the market. Also, they study these things in marketing meetings, you know. They're not that dumb.
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16 months ago

Yikes. It got ugly in here quickly. I forgot what I was going to post. :eek::confused: I hate it when mom and dad argue about money...so I'll go off and read about IPhone 8 rumors.


Haha it isn't that bad. It's interesting perspective from each users. Heck, I'm learning from them. So I can better understand it.
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16 months ago

That's irrevelant to the public release of their quarterly sales and Apple has NEVER touched on taxes, period. Apple reports earnings based on sales with hardware and services.

Again, an incomplete understanding and thus inaccurate.

Have you guys ever looked at a corporate earnings statement? Not just from Apple, but from any publicly trade company?

The provision for income taxes is taken out before net income is reported. Again, go look at their consolidated statement of operations ('https://www.apple.com/newsroom/pdfs/Q2FY17ConsolidatedFinancialStatements.pdf'). It's right there. Earnings per share (EPS) is calculated from net income (after income tax provision).

It's not like Apple says at a conference call, "here's what we earned" then come back later and say "oops, sorry, it was actually less because we just paid taxes." That tends to upset shareholders.

Apple doesn't post their consolidated financial statements for giggles. AS A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY THEY ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO DO SO. It provides some basic information to potential and current investors about what the company does to make money, how much it makes and how it spends its money.

Sometimes the news is good, sometimes it's bad, but investors have a basic right to know.
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16 months ago

Yikes. It got ugly in here quickly. I forgot what I was going to post. :eek::confused: I hate it when mom and dad argue about money...so I'll go off and read about IPhone 8 rumors.

lol.... Ugly in there too, the analysts can't seem to agree on what we can expect come Sept/Oct.
Timmy seems to be more successful with that doubling down effort this year.... perhaps distributing conflicting tidbits of info to keep us all guessing.

If parts leaks become increasingly frequent between now and Sep., that should give us a better idea.
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