The quarter’s results included a $73 million after-tax gain from the sale of 1.5 million shares of ARM Holdings plc., which contributed $.40 to earnings per diluted share. Without non-recurring items, the Company’s net profit was $160 million, an increase of 72 percent from the year-ago quarter and earnings per diluted share increased 47 percent from the year-ago quarter. Sales of 1,043,000 units drove year-over-year unit growth of 26 percent.
“We are thrilled with the quarter—especially the strong demand for our PowerMac G4s and new PowerBooks,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “In addition, Apple continued to strengthen its leadership in desktop movies with iMovie for consumers and Final Cut Pro for professionals.”
“Strong demand for our professional products combined with superb operational efficiency resulted in very strong earnings,” said Fred Anderson, Apple’s CFO. “Apple finished the quarter with $3.6 billion in cash and short-term investments.”
Apple also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one split of its common stock. Subject to shareholders approving an increase in authorized shares at Apple’s annual meeting tomorrow, each shareholder of record at the close of business on May 19, 2000 will receive one additional share for every outstanding share held on the record date, and trading will begin on a split-adjusted basis on June 21, 2000.
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