Apple Release a Smashing Third Quarter Result and what is interesting about it is the bloody amount of cashflow it can generate. This goes to show what a great company to invest in.
Net Income [9mths 2009]: 5.7 bil
Net Income [9mths 2010]: 9.7 bil
Profit have been jumping up like mad. This is the second largest market cap company in the world and you have a 77% increase in profits from last year same time.
Net Operating Cashflow, Capital Expenditure and Free Cashflow
Net Operating Cashflow [9mths 2009]: 7.0 bil
Net Operating Cashflow [9mths 2010]: 12.9 bil
If profits is impressive, my more favored measurement is even more astounding. Operating Cashflow jumped 84%. their operating cashflow is 4 times their net profit due to some add backs from depreciation, and an increase in payables.
Capital Expenditure [9mths 2009]: 0.686 bil
Capital Expenditure [9mths 2010]: 1.9 bil
There is a jump in capital expenditure. 1.9 billion in capital expenditure in one quarter is A LOT. But it is still far less than their net operating cashflow.
That said, here is their free cashflow:
Free Cashflow [9mths 2009]: 6.314 bil
Free Cashflow [9mths 2010]: 11 bil
Shit. That is an awesome Free Cashflow no matter how you look at it.
What can they do with this Free Cashflow?
- Repay their debts. Their debts stands at 4.9 billion. They can just pay it off but likely they are not going to do that. Its pointless since interest rates are favorable now.
- Pay out as dividends. Apple doesn’t pay dividends. We hope they do in the future.
- Buy back shares.
- Keep it. Which is what they do. This Large amount was added to their coffers.
Cash Holdings as a % of Assets, Equity and Market Cap
The amazing thing about these software company is that they have so low capex, so high revenue due to their brand and product, that they keep adding and adding cash.
Cash & Equivalents Holding: 45.85 bil
Assets: 64 bil
Long Term debts: 4.9 bil
Market Cap: 229 bil
What this means is that:
Cash makes up 71% of Assets.
Cash makes up 20% of Market Cap
Holy cow. I wonder if they continue to progress, it will be safer to put money in Apple than a Bank. Its larger than a bank, have a higher growth rate than a bank, and does not have as much nonsense as a bank.
Its Return on Equity is high at 30%. Its high but so is Microsoft. But as an investor as long as you know how the ROE is derived and its high, it will be better to stick your money in there than under the pillow.
Many thought that Mac Sales will be cannibalized by the iPad. This chart shows otherwise. Sales of Mac have been improving tremendously.
The segment that have been cannibalized is probably the iPod. They are essentially very similar to the iPAD. Sales have gone down but revenue have been up as more iPod Touch is sold which generates higher revenue compare to traditional ipod.
iPhone sales have been improving very nicely.
Tech Companies like Apple have an advantage if you can come up with a compelling product. For a low research and development and capital expenditure, coupled with good brand you can really multiply your sales and profits.
However, tech industry is known to be really fickle but Apple have truly turned into a gigantic company that is able to gobble up and friends and competitors to enable them to have an edge.
This is a market leader and at a good price may prove a good investment