Apple (AAPL) Captured 106% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Q3 - Canaccord Genuity
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In a note earlier on Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley noted the iPhone maker captured 106% of industry profits during Q3, up from 75% in Q2 due to Samsung’s significant profit decline following the Galaxy Note 7 recall.
"We believe the iPhone installed base will exceed 570M exiting C2016, and this impressive installed base should drive strong future iPhone replacement sales and earnings, as well as cash flow generation to fund strong long-term capital returns," the analyst said.
They capture of 106% of premium smartphone profits contributed to the losses at LG, Microsoft, Lenovo, Blackberry and HTC during the quarter.
"While we anticipate a stronger upgrade cycle in C2018 with the 10-year anniversary iPhone 8, iPhone 7 demand is sold and should bridge the gap until a new form factor iPhone is likely released in C2017," Walkley said. "We anticipate steady iPhone 7 sales should help Apple return to growth in Q1/F’17, and we maintain our BUY rating and $140 price target."
Shares of Apple closed at $110.06 yesterday.
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