Monday, October 17, 2022

Fiscal 4Q 2022 Final Estimates

As of today's closing price of $142.41, AAPL trades at a 20.0x multiple on my NTM EPS estimate (19.5x when excluding NTM net cash and dividends).

Lowered the long-term (beyond FY23) revenue growth rate by another point or so, now at mid single-digits, yielding mid-high single-digits in long-term EPS growth. New revenue streams won't move the needle for the next 2y and will provide very low visibility of the growth potential even after 3-5y, though the stock price should begin to reflect whatever investors dream up of such long-term potential as soon as we get any announcement, and likely even earlier.

In the short term, I trimmed 4Q22/FY23 revenue and EPS by $2/4b and 7/5¢ respectively, mostly due to FX. During uncertain times ahead Apple could easily decide to emphasize cash conservation but instead I'm going with a more deliberately opportunistic approach, given the attractive share price, by modeling at least $80b of the $86b remaining buyback authorization over the three quarters ending 2Q23 (totaling over $100b for the year and keeping it there for the next 3 years), as well as a dividend increase for next year comparable to the one done in 2018 (+16%) rather than the single-digits raise seen in the last 3 years. I doubt the 14-week Q1 has been considered much in consensus estimates. This represents 4-8% upside and perhaps explains some/most of my divergence for Q1.

Detailed estimates:

3mo ending Sep22  Rev$B   GM%  $EPS
----------------  -----  ----  ----
Analysts consens   88.9     -  1.27
My estimates       90.1  42.5  1.35 (16.14b shares)