Apple investors made 950% return while iPhone maker didn’t

Apple is one of the greatest money making consumer products of all time. Still those gains have hardly disclosed over to shareholders of the huge builder of the iPhone.

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has declined 13% since the first iPhone was released in June 2007. Despite factoring in dividends, the total return since then amounts to 11%, differentiated with about 950% for Apple Inc.

The discrepancy shows Apple’s benefit in administering the iPhone’s ecosphere from apps to the cloud, differentiated with the razor-thin margins gained by hardware builders. Other former phone giants like Nokia Oyj and BlackBerry Ltd. deserted their manufacturing business, while companies such as HTC Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. limp on.

Hon Hai shares have jumped to 34% since last June’s high amid concern that demand for the iPhone X is slowing at a time when Chinese rivals such as Huawei and Xiaomi are rolling out more superior phones. Hon Hai earns about half of its revenue from Apple, which is down 10 percent from its March peak.

Yet, the pain isn’t being distributed uniformly by U.S company. Analysts are valuating on the first three months this year to have been Apple’s best second quarter ever with an average approximate for $61 billion in earnings.


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