NEW YORK, — Stronger iPhone prices and hints by Apple Inc yesterday that it could return more than half of its US$285 billion (RM1.11 trillion) in cash to shareholders eased concerns among investors, even as the world’s biggest technology company gave a disappointing revenue outlook for the current quarter.
Apple also reported it sold fewer iPhones over the holiday quarter than Wall Street had expected.
But the revenue outlook for the first three months of 2018 “was not as bad as some feared,” said Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities Inc. Apple’s comments about plans for its US$163 billion in net cash helped boost shares 3.3 per cent to US$173.48 in after-the-bell trading.
“Over time, we are trying to target a capital structure that is approximately net neutral. We will have approximately the same level of cash and debt on the balance sheet,” Apple’s chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, told Reuters in an interview.