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Will the iPhone 11 launch give Apple’s shares a lift?

by LLB Editor
4th Sep 19 10:05 am

Shares in Apple have surged by more than 40% from the low reached after the profit warning of 3 January but they have yet to recapture the all-time high reached last September, when the firm’s market valuation briefly exceeded $1 trillion. The major reason for this is poor earnings momentum and investors will be looking forward to the iPhone 11 launch on 10 September every bit as keenly as gadget fans, in the hope that it can spur profits and the share price alike,” says Russ Mould, AJ Bell Investment Director.

“Apple’s shares have not done badly since the launch of iPhone X on in September 2017, advancing by just over a fifth, but the incremental improvements offered by the XS, XSMax and XR – at higher price points – did nothing for profit growth or the share price.

      Apple share price performance
      Before launch  After launch 
Announced Product Launched 6 months 3 months 3 months 6 months 12 months
09-Jan-07 iPhone 1 29-Jun-07 43.8% 30.2% 25.8% 63.7% 39.4%
09-Jun-08 iPhone 3G 11-Jul-08 (0.1%) (5.9%) (43.9%) (47.5%) (19.7%)
08-Jun-09 iPhone 3GS 19-Jun-09 55.0% 37.3% 32.6% 40.1% 96.5%
07-Jun-10 iPhone 4 24-Jun-10 28.7% 17.3% 8.7% 20.3% 21.3%
04-Oct-11 iPhone 4S 14-Oct-11 23.7% 18.1% (0.5%) 43.4% 49.2%
12-Sep-12 iPhone 5 21-Sep-12 16.2% 69.9% (25.8%) (35.3%) (33.2%)
17-Sep-13 iPhone 5GS 20-Sep-13 3.4% 12.1% 17.5% 13.1% 51.2%
09-Sep-14 iPhone 6 19-Sep-14 29.1% 6.7% 14.1% 8.1% 15.8%
09-Sep-15 iPhone 6S 25-Sep-15 (7.0%) (10.0%) (5.8%) (7.9%) (1.7%)
07-Sep-16 iPhone 7 16-Sep-16 8.4% 17.8% 0.5% (7.8%) 48.8%
12-Sep-17 iPhone 8 22-Sep-17 15.6% 10.6% 15.2% 11.2% 43.3%
12-Sep-17 iPhone 8-plus 22-Sep-17 15.6% 10.6% 15.2% 11.2% 43.3%
12-Sep-17 iPhone X 03-Nov-17 17.3% 10.9% (7.0%) 2.5% 20.3%
13-Sep-18 iPhone XS, XSMax, XR 26-Oct-18 25.8% 18.7% (24.5%) (9.8%) (7.8%)
AVERAGE   19.7% 17.4% 1.6% 7.5% 28.8%

Source: Refinitiv data

“After a 10% year-on-year drop in EPS in the second quarter of the fiscal year to September and a 7% drop in the third, guidance given by chief executive Tim Cook still leaves analysts pencilling in a 3% year-on-year slide in the fourth and final period at $2.83.

“This is Apple’s third profits slide of the decade. The previous slumps were related to iPhone product cycles and this one may be no different, given slower-than-expected take-up of iPhone X after some meaty price hikes, a slowdown in China and concerns over lengthening product cycles as cost increases make Apple buyers ponder whether the incremental functionality is worth it or not.

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