With Apple's Guidance last Quarter pointing to a 5% revenue decline, Analysts think that Apple will announce a Huge Stock Buyback Tomorrow
When Apple reports quarterly earnings Tomorrow, the results are expected to be somewhat muted — the company already guided investors to a 5% revenue decline due largely to decreases in Mac and iPad sales.
But Apple will still remind investors of its mammoth size and market power, as the company uses its fiscal second-quarter report to tell investors how much the board has authorized it to spend on share buybacks and dividends. It’s another way of telling the world how profitable its business is and how much cash it throws off every quarter.
Wall Street expects that number to come in at $90 billion, equal to last year’s authorization figure, based on a compilation of analyst reports.
“We think they keep that intact,” said Angelo Zino, analyst at research firm CFRA, in an interview.
The iPhone maker has been the buyback king over the past decade. From 2012 through the end of 2022, Apple spent over $572 billion on share repurchases, the most of any company, according to FactSet data. Since 2013, Apple has announced board authorization levels in its second-quarter earnings report.
Analysts at Bank of America Securities said in a note earlier this month that capital returns are a “focus” of Thursday’s report. They expect $90 billion in authorization, and Barclays analysts anticipate the same figure.
While investors are prepared for a down quarter, guidance is a big question mark. For more on this, read the full CNBC report.