U.S. Markets closed

Apple Earnings Could Be Cut 29% on China Ban, Says Goldman

Kit Rees and William Canny
Apple Earnings Could Be Cut 29% on China Ban, Says Goldman

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc.’s earnings would take a 29% hit if China were to retaliate against the U.S. with a ban on sales of the iPhone maker’s products, Goldman Sachs estimated.

While Goldman takes no view on the likelihood of a potential ban, such a restriction would represent 100% of estimated Apple earnings exposure to both mainland China and Hong Kong, assuming some offsetting impact from cost savings in sales and marketing, analysts including Rod Hall wrote in a note. The stock fell 0.5% in U.S. pre-market trading.

Worries over the wider impact of the trade war have intensified after the U.S. blacklisted Huawei Technologies Co. last week, which places a question mark over the Chinese company’s partnerships with U.S. chipmakers, software and component suppliers.

Goldman believes Intel Corp.’s latest XMM modems for the iPhone are made in the U.S., while Apple’s A-series chips are made in Taiwan and memory and display components also originate from outside China. Most of the rest of the iPhone supply chain is in mainland China, and if China were to restrict iPhone production in any way, Goldman does not expect Apple would be able to move much volume outside the country on short notice.

Goldman, which has a neutral rating on Apple’s stock, lowered the company’s price target to $178 from $184, maintaining the broker’s position among the more bearish Street analysts.

(Updates to add pre-market trading for Apple in second paragaph.)

To contact the reporters on this story: Kit Rees in London at krees1@bloomberg.net;William Canny in Amsterdam at wcanny3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net, Beth Mellor

For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.