Apple reports Q3 2012 financial results: $36.0 billion in revenue

Apple today reported its financial results for the third quarter (fourth fiscal quarter) of 2012, announcing a revenue of $36.0 billion and a net profit of $8.2 billion, both of which beat analyst expectations. The company reported 40% gross margins in the quarter, and 60% of revenue came from international sales.

Apple sold 26.9 million iPhones in the quarter, a 58% unit increase year-over-year. The company also sold 14 million iPads and 4.9 million Macs during the three-month period. Finally, Apple sold 5.3 million iPods, representing a 19% unit decrease year-over-year.

AppleБ─≥s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $2.65 per share of the CompanyБ─≥s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 15, 2012, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 12, 2012.

Б─°WeБ─≥re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,Б─² said Tim Cook, AppleБ─≥s CEO. Б─°WeБ─≥re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.Б─²

Б─°WeБ─≥re pleased to have generated over $41 billion in net income and over $50 billion in operating cash flow in fiscal 2012,Б─² said Peter Oppenheimer, AppleБ─≥s CFO. Б─°Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2013, we expect revenue of about $52 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $11.75.Б─²

Apple will be holding a conference call to discuss its financial earnings starting at 5:00 PM Eastern today.