Apple Inc: The Greatest Turnaround in Corporate History

By Max Olson  |  January 18th, 2011 at 11:00 pm  |  Business, Innovation


Some fun facts about Apple’s turnaround:

  • +8,524% (37.7% annualized): Stock performance since Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in 1997.
  • +821% (18.6% annualized): Revenue growth since Jobs’ return.
  • +5,093% (66.4% annualized): Stock performance since the launch of the iTunes Store in April, 2003. (A disruptive innovation.)
  • +951% (39.9% annualized): Revenue growth since iTunes Store launch.
  • In the last 8 years, revenue has grown by $60 billion (1,000%). 73% of that growth came from newly launched products.
  • In the last 3 years, revenue has grown by $40 billion (165%). 60% of that growth came from iPhone sales.
  • $220 billion: Amount of products sold since the release of the first iPod.
  • $19 billion: Apple’s cut of all sales through the iTunes Store, plus Apple iPod accessories (currently $5 billion a year).
  • 298 million: Total number of iPod units sold.
  • 90 million: Total number of iPhone units sold.
  • If the cash and securities on Apple’s balance sheet (~$60 billion) was turned into a hedge fund, it would be the biggest in the world.

Apple Sales/Income Timeline

Apple’s unit volume for non-Mac products:

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    I have a web site where I research stocks under five dollars . I have many years of experience with these type of stocks. I can not believe that apple computers shares traded at just 5 dollars in 1998 the stock trades at 350 dollars a share today. their are many stocks trading today that once traded under 5 dollars. this is just one of many examples.

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