Apple's Q4 Results in Four Charts
Apple’s revenue was increased from $47B in Q4 2016 to $53B in Q4 2017. Costs also increased and profit was up from Q4 2016, but down from Q4 2015. The revenue increase was accompanied by a strong growth in revenue from services. Services made up 16% of Apple's sales, up from 11% in the same quarter in 2015. Services growth rate was 19%, compared to just 9% for Apple as a whole.
The iPhone still accounts for 55% of Apple's Q4 revenue. Mac sales and the services segment accounted for 30%. They also made up the lion's share of segment growth from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. They accounted for $3.1B of the $5.7B revenue growth. Most of this growth came in the Americas and Europe. These two regions made up $5.1B of the $5.7B revenue growth.
The four charts below summarize Apple's Q4 2017 performance:
The first chart summarizes revenue and expenses for Apple for the current quarter and the same quarter in 2015 and 2016. I used a net line to show net income and a CAGR column to show growth in revenue, each major expense category and net income.
The second chart is a 100% stacked bar chart. I used it to show how Apple's revenue mix has changed over the last 4 years. The percentage growth in services and loss in iPads are easily visible. The CAGR column shows the relative growth of each segment.
The bottom two charts are cascade (waterfall) charts that show why revenue increased from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. The $5.7B increase is broken out by segment in the left chart. Again you can see the impact of services on revenue growth. The right chart breaks out revenue growth by region. The growth came from older markets (Americas and Europe) with much lower growth in Asia.
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