announced this afternoon
a profit of $43 million or $.12 per diluted share for its fiscal second quarter.
The quarter’s results included a $3 million net favorable impact from non-recurring items including an after-tax gain of $89 million resulting from the sale of approximately 23 million shares of ARM Holdings plc. and an after tax charge of $86 million related to the write down of certain equity investments. Without these non-recurring items, the Company’s net profit for the quarter would have been $40 million, or $.11 per diluted share.
“Apple returned to profitability in this tough economic climate by launching several innovative new products,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “During the quarter we shipped the Titanium PowerBook G4, widely regarded as a major breakthrough in notebook computers; Mac OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system; iTunes, the easiest way to create a music library on your computer and ‘burn’ custom music CDs; and iDVD and SuperDrive, our revolutionary software and drive that together enable users to create and ‘burn’ their own custom DVDs. It was a great new product quarter, and there’s still more to come.”
“We feel very good about delivering solid profitability while reaching our goal of 4 weeks of channel inventory ahead of schedule,” said Fred Anderson, Apple’s CFO. “Our balance sheet remains very strong, with over $4.1 billion in cash. We now expect to generate $3.2 to $3.4 billion in revenues in the second half of the fiscal year, and we are targeting sequential improvements in both revenues and profits in the June and September quarters.”
The company also indicated they shipped 751 thousand Macintosh units during the quarter. A complete
data summary is available
from Apple’s Web site in PDF format.