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Apple (AAPL) Free Cash Flow per Share : $6.53 (TTM As of Mar. 2024)


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What is Apple Free Cash Flow per Share?

Apple's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Mar. 2024 was $1.34. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2024 was $6.53.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Apple was 7.30% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 14.60% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 18.60% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 14.10% per year. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)'s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the FCF Growth Rate using Free Cash Flow per Share data.

The historical rank and industry rank for Apple's Free Cash Flow per Share or its related term are showing as below:

AAPL' s 3-Year FCF Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -45   Med: 24.3   Max: 117.8
Current: 14.6

During the past 13 years, Apple's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 117.80% per year. The lowest was -45.00% per year. And the median was 24.30% per year.

AAPL's 3-Year FCF Growth Rate is ranked better than
59.44% of 1563 companies
in the Hardware industry
Industry Median: 6.2 vs AAPL: 14.60

Apple Free Cash Flow per Share Historical Data

The historical data trend for Apple's Free Cash Flow per Share can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Apple Free Cash Flow per Share Chart

Apple Annual Data
Trend Sep14 Sep15 Sep16 Sep17 Sep18 Sep19 Sep20 Sep21 Sep22 Sep23
Free Cash Flow per Share
Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 3.17 4.19 5.51 6.83 6.30

Apple Quarterly Data
Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23 Mar24
Free Cash Flow per Share Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 1.62 1.54 1.24 2.41 1.34

Competitive Comparison of Apple's Free Cash Flow per Share

For the Consumer Electronics subindustry, Apple's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow, along with its competitors' market caps and Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.


Apple's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Distribution in the Hardware Industry

For the Hardware industry and Technology sector, Apple's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Apple's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow falls into.



Apple Free Cash Flow per Share Calculation

Free Cashflow per Share is the amount of Free Cashflow per outstanding share of the company's stock.

Free Cash Flow is considered one of the most important parameters to measure a company's earnings power by value investors because it is not subject to estimates of Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (DDA). However, when we look at the Free Cash Flow, we should look from a long term perspective, because any year's Free Cash Flow can be drastically affected by the spending on Property, Plant, & Equipment (PPE) of the business in that year. Over the long term, Free Cash Flow should give pretty good picture on the real earnings power of the company.

Note: GuruFocus does not calculate Free Cash Flow Per Share when Capital Expenditure is 0.

Apple's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the fiscal year that ended in Sep. 2023 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(A: Sep. 2023 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(110543+-10959)/15812.547
=99584/15812.547
=6.30

Apple's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2024 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(Q: Mar. 2024 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(22690+-1996)/15464.709
=20694/15464.709
=1.34

Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2024 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $6.53

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Apple  (NAS:AAPL) Free Cash Flow per Share Explanation

Free Cash Flow is very close to Warren Buffett's definition of Owner's Earnings, except that in Warren Buffett's Owner's Earnings, the spending for Property, Plant, and Equipment is only for maintenance (replacement), while in the Free Cash Flow calculation, the cost of new Property, Plant, and Equipment due to business expansion is also deducted. There, Free Cash Flow is more conservative than Owner's Earnings.

In Don Yacktman's calculation of forward rate of return, he uses Free Cash Flow for the calculation. Yacktman explained the forward rate of return concept in detail in his interview with GuruFocus. Yacktman defines forward rate of return as the normalized free cash flow yield plus real growth plus inflation.

This is what Yacktman said in his March 2012 interview - when the S&P 500 was at 1400:

If the business is stable, this calculation is fairly straightforward. For instance, on the S&P 500 we would normalize earnings. We would then calculate what percentage of those earnings are not reinvested in the underlying businesses and are therefore free. Historically, for the S&P 500, this has been just under 50% of earnings. Currently, we expect the S&P to earn about 70 on a normalized basis, a number which is far below reported earnings due to our adjusting for record high profit margins. $70 X ½ / 1400 gives you a normalized free cash flow yield of approximately 2.5%.

The historical real growth rate of the S&P 500 (companies) is about 1.5%. Assuming an inflation rate of 2.5%, the forward rate of return on an investment in the S&P 500 is about 6.5% today (2.5% free cash flow yield plus 1.5% real growth plus 2.5% inflation).

For the growth part of the Forward Rate of Return calculation, GuruFocus uses the 5-year average growth rate of EBITDA per share as the growth rate, and the growth rate is always capped at 20%. For the Free Cash Flow we use per share data averaged over seven years. The reason we use seven years is because research shows that seven years is the length of the typical business cycle.

Therefore, as of Sep23, Apple's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Sep23)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=5.42095238/171.48+0.1778
=20.94 %

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Be Aware

Free Cash Flow within a report period can be affected by management's decisions of capital spending. Therefore, it is important to look at long term when it comes to Free Cash Flow.


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Apple (AAPL) Business Description

Industry
Address
One Apple Park Way, Cupertino, CA, USA, 95014
Apple is among the largest companies in the world, with a broad portfolio of hardware and software products targeted at consumers and businesses. Apple's iPhone makes up a majority of the firm sales, and Apple's other products like Mac, iPad, and Watch are designed around the iPhone as the focal point of an expansive software ecosystem. Apple has progressively worked to add new applications, like streaming video, subscription bundles, and augmented reality. The firm designs its own software and semiconductors while working with subcontractors like Foxconn and TSMC to build its products and chips. Slightly less than half of Apple's sales come directly through its flagship stores, with a majority of sales coming indirectly through partnerships and distribution.
Executives
Chris Kondo officer: Principal Accounting Officer 1 INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Katherine L. Adams officer: SVP, General Counsel APPLE INC., 1 INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Luca Maestri officer: Senior Vice President, CFO 1 INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Jeffrey E Williams officer: COO ONE INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Deirdre O'brien officer: Senior Vice President ONE APPLE PARK WAY, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Timothy D Cook director, officer: Chief Executive Officer C/O APPLE INC, ONE INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Arthur D Levinson director C/O GENENTECH INC, 1 DNA WAY MS 49, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO CA 94080-4990
Alex Gorsky director JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ONE JOHNSON & JOHNSON PLAZA, NEW BRUNSWICK NJ 08933
Monica C Lozano director
Angela J Ahrendts officer: Senior Vice President 1 INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Johny Srouji officer: Senior Vice President 1 INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Craig Federighi officer: Senior Vice President 807 11TH AVENUE, SUNNYVALE CA 94089
Daniel J. Riccio officer: Senior Vice President 1 INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Philip W Schiller officer: Senior Vice President C/O APPLE INC, ONE INFINITE LOOP, CUPERTINO CA 95014
Susan Wagner director C/O BLACKROCK, INC., 40 EAST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK NY 10022

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