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3 Reasons Citi Thinks Apple Is Under Pressure

Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL - 3 Reasons Citi Thinks Apple Is Under Pressure

Apple Inc. AAPL shares have been under pressure due to the expected decline in iPhone unit growth and gross margin, especially against the backdrop of decelerating smartphone growth, particularly in the premium priced smartphone segment, Citi analysts said.

Apple guided to margins of 37.5-38 percent for the June quarter, representing a sequential decline of 140-190bps. This came as a significant disappointment, with expectations pegged at 39.2 percent.

Citi analysts mentioned that the company’s gross margins were guided down due to the following:

  1. Inventory drawdown of $2 billion, iPhone units of about 3 million. This impacted overall gross margins by 30bps
  2. Mix shift to lower priced iPhone SE. This is estimated to impact overall margins by ~80 bps
  3. Seasonal revenue downtick. This impacted margins by ~30-80 bps

The iPhone 7 launch is likely to have a positive impact on margins and sequential iPhone unit growth in the September and December quarters. “Additionally continued growth in services revenues with margins at slightly above corporate average coupled with declining PCs and tablets (sub corporate margins) should provide a positive uplift to overall margins,” the analysts wrote.

DateFirmActionFromTo
May 2016UBSMaintainsBuy
Apr 2016Brean CapitalMaintainsBuy
Apr 2016BarclaysMaintainsOverweight

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