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Apple posts $106 million profit on revenue of $2.35 billion

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2004 fourth quarter ended September 25, 2004. For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $106 million, or $.26 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $44 million, or $.12 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $2.35 billion, up 37 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.0 percent, up from 26.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 37 percent of the quarter\'s revenue.

The quarter\'s results include an after-tax restructuring charge of $4 million. Excluding this charge, the Company\'s net profit for the quarter would have been $110 million, or $.27 per diluted share.

Apple shipped 836,000 Macintosh units and 2,016,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 6 percent increase in CPU units and a 500 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

\"We are thrilled to report our highest fourth quarter revenue in nine years,\" said Steve Jobs, Apple\'s CEO. \"We shipped over 2 million iPods, our Retail store revenue grew 95 percent year-over-year, and the new iMac G5 has received phenomenal reviews and is off to a great start.\"

\"We\'re pleased to report 37 percent revenue growth for the quarter and operating margin above 5 percent,\" said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple\'s CFO. \"Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2005, we expect revenue of between $2.8 and $2.9 billion, operating margin above 7 percent and earnings per diluted share of $.39 to $.42.\"

For the year, the Company reported net income of $276 million on revenue of $8.28 billion compared to net income of $69 million on revenue of $6.21 billion in 2003.

AppleInsider will provide full coverage of the Apple FY 04 fourth quarter conference call, which begins at 5:00 pm EST.