Apple's Amazing Growth: Stock Up 3,000 Percent in Past Decade

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Following Apple's launch of iCloud, a wireless service that allows users to access their content from any device connected to the Internet, gathered some facts and figures on the growth of the company in recent years.

Led by legendary CEO Steve Jobs, the company's market cap value has gone from $4.8 billion back in the year 2000 to $312.6 billion today, an increase of about 6,413 percent in the past 11 years.

Apple was founded in 1976 by Jobs and partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Less than a year later, Wayne sold his stake to Jobs and Wozniak for only $800.

Since then, Apple has redefined the computer, music, and consumer electronics industries, with products that include the Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and most recently, the iPad.

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When Apple went public in 1980, its initial public offering was the most successful since Ford in 1956. The company has been singled out for innovation and brand loyality among consumers and is also known for a very secretive corporate culture.

here are some key facts and figures about Apple:

Stock Performance & Valuation

  • Close on June 6, 2011: $338.04
  • Median Price Target: $450 (Source: Thomson One)
  • All-time intraday high: $364.9 on February 16, 2011
  • All-time closing high: $363.13 on February 16, 2011
  • Apple's P/E: 16.11
  • S&P Tech Sector Average P/E: 29.9
  • Price / Book: 5.31x
  • TEV / EBITDA (Latest Twelve Months): 11.30x

Percent Change

  • YTD: 5%
  • 1-Year: 32%
  • 3-Year: 82%
  • 5-Year: 466%
  • 10-Year: 3,161%
  • 20-Year: 2,800%


  • Revenue LTM (Mar-26-11) : $87.5 billion
  • Revenue Growth Against the Same 12-Month Period Last Year: 71%
  • Latest Qtr: $24.5 billion (Q3 2011)
  • Forecast 2011 Revenue: $103.4 billion


  • 2010 EPS: $15.15
  • EPS Growth (2009-10): 141%
  • Latest Qtr: $6.40 (Q3 2011)
  • Forecast 2011 EPS: $24.74

Analysts' Recommendations:

  • Strong Buy: 24
  • Buy: 22
  • Hold: 3
  • Sell: 1
  • Underperform: 0

Three Highest Paid Executives

  • Timothy Cook
  • Chief Operating Officer since October 2005
  • Joined Apple Computer Inc. in 1998 as Senior Vice President of worldwide operations
  • Total Calculated Compensation*: $59.1M
  • Peter Oppenheimer, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
  • Total Annual Compensation: $29.8M
  • Ronald Johnson, Senior Vice President of Retail
  • Total Annual Compensation: $29.8M

*Total Calculated compensation figures from Capital IQ include salary, bonuses, estimated stock options and other incentives.
Note: Steve Jobs was reappointed as Chief Executive Officer, Director of Apple Inc. in June 2009. He has been the Director of Apple since 1997. Since 2004, however, Mr. Jobs total annual compensation stands at $1.

Source: CNBC Analytics, Capital IQ and Thomson Reuters

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