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As promised, Apple has announced its Q1 2013 results. This quarter is the most recent holiday quarter. The quarter followed the launches of the iPhone 5, new iPods, new Macs (like the new iMacs and MacBook Pro), and the new iPads (iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad). Apple will hold a conference call regarding today’s announcement. We will live blog it here. at 5 PM EST/ 2 PM PST.

In line with its several new high-profile product launches, Apple reported a record quarter for Q1 2013. Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones, 22.9 million iPads, 4.1 million Macs, and 12.7 million iPods in the quarter. As a comparison, Apple’s Q1 2012 numbers (the year ago quarter) include 37 million iPhone sales, 15.4 million iPads, 5.2 million Macs, and 15.4 million iPods sold. Apple’s Q1 2013 revenue beat its estimate of $52 billion with $54.5 billion in revenue. This comes out to $13.1 billion in net profit, or $13.81 per diluted share. “Gross margin was 38.6 percent compared to 44.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue”, according to Apple.

CEO Tim Cook on the results:

“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”

CFO Peter Oppenheimer as well:

“We’re pleased to have generated over $23 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “We established new all-time quarterly records for iPhone and iPad sales, significantly broadened our ecosystem, and generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever.”

Apple’s guidance for next quarter is revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion.

Here’s Apple’s press release announcement:

Apple® today announced financial results for its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter ended December 29, 2012. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.87 per diluted share, in the 14-week year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38.6 percent compared to 44.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

Average weekly revenue was $4.2 billion in the quarter compared to $3.3 billion in the year-ago quarter.

The Company sold a record 47.8 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.1 million Macs, compared to 5.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 12.7 million iPods in the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $2.65 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 14, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2013.

“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”

“We’re pleased to have generated over $23 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “We established new all-time quarterly records for iPhone and iPad sales, significantly broadened our ecosystem, and generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2013 second quarter:

• revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion

• gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent

• operating expenses between $3.8 billion and $3.9 billion

• other income/(expense) of $350 million

• tax rate of 26

(Image of Tim Cook at the top via AP).

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