Apple Graphic of the Day: Enough to Keep Bears Away?

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the world’s largest publicly traded company, receives a great deal of attention surrounding stock price declines and new product launches. However, value investors are able to treat themselves to a great fundamental graphic.

Felix Richter from Statista, a leading German statistics company on the Internet, points out that through all the noise, Apple’s fourth quarter earnings release in late October concluded a record year of profits. The tech juggernaut raked in $41.7 billion on $156.5 billion in revenue for its fiscal year. The feat is even more impressive when you compare Apple to other major technology firms.

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Just How Big is Apple’s Record Profit?

The chart below from Statista shows Apple’s net profit in fiscal 2012, compared to the combined profits of other easily recognizable names.

Richter explains, “From October 2011 through September 2012, the combined net profit of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and (NASDAQ:AMZN) was $34.4 billion. Apple alone made $7 billion more. In the same period, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Asus, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Acer, IBM (NYSE:IBM), Lenovo and H-P (NYSE:HPQ) i.e. virtually the entire PC industry, made $19.3 billion or less than half of Apple’s profit.”

CHEAT SHEET Analysis: Apple has “Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector”

Comparing how a company performs against its competitors provides a quick solution to finding the best in breed in an area of the market. The latest quarterly results from Apple stacked against other firms provide a reality check on fundamentals, and will likely provide support to future stock price declines. The massive profits have also gone a long way in boosting Apple’s total cash cushion to over $121 billion.

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