Apple Inc. shares extended declines Monday after a key supplier issued a profit warning, increasing investor concern that iPhone demand may be waning heading into the key holiday sales period.
Lumentum Holdings (LITE) - Get Report , which supplies 3D chips for Apple iPhone's facial recognition system, said its currency quarter sales would come in $20 million weaker -- at $335 million -- than originally forecast thanks to a reduction in shipments requests from an unnamed customer. Lumentum also slashed its earnings forecast to a range of $1.15 to $1.34 from a previous estimate of $1.60 to $1.75 per share.
"We recently received a request from one of our largest Industrial and Consumer customers for laser diodes for 3D sensing to materially reduce shipments to them during our fiscal second quarter for previously placed orders that were originally scheduled for delivery during the quarter," said CEO Alan Lowe. "With our proven ability to deliver high volumes, years of experience, hundreds of millions of devices in the field, and new product and customer funnel, we remain confident in our leadership position in the nascent market for laser diodes for 3D sensing."
Apple fell 4.5% to $195.38 by midday trading in New York Monday, extending their decline from the October 4 peak to around 15.7%. Lumentum shares fell 30.5% to $38.90 each.
Earlier Monday, another Apple supplier, Japan Display, which makes LCD screens, cuts its full-year sales growth and margin forecasts after posting its sixth consecutive quarterly operating loss of 4.7 billion yen ($413 million) for the three months ending in September.
Last week, Apple shares were hit by a report from the Nikkei business daily which said key Taiwan-based suppliers said Foxconn and Pegatron were asked to halt the new production capacity until they get more clarity on iPhone XR demand from Apple.
The reports followed a decision by Apple to no longer provide detailed numbers for the sale of it individual products, such as iPhones and mac computers, meaning investors will no longer be able to calculate their average selling price, a key metric used to gauge the company's profitability.
The decision to scrap that guidance, as well as forecasts for December quarter sales of around $91 billion over the three months ending in December, overshadowed a stronger-than-expected September quarter which saw better-than-expected earnings of $2.91 per share and group revenues of $62.9 billion, and sent shares tumbling more than 6.3% Friday, the biggest single-day decline since 2014.
"The lack of transparency is disappointing, and will likely limit investor's visibility into the company," said BMO Capital Markets's Tim Long. "Our view remains that units may not grow at all going forward, and while (Average Selling Prices) are still increasing, at some point they will plateau."
Apple launched the 6.1 inch LCD version of its iPhone, the XR, at around $750 in early September as a lower-priced alternative to the more expensive iPhone XS, the XS Max, which start at $1,000 and $1,100 respectively.
"While we don't expect the new lineup to drive unit volume growth to the levels seen during the iPhone 6 cycle, due to a mature smartphone market, revenues should still see a very healthy jump due to a continued uptick in average selling prices, with mid-range iPhone customers likely to upgrade to the XR and premium buyers likely opting for the new iPhone XS Max (top models cost $1,450)," said analysts at Trefis.
Apple said it shifted 46.9 million iPhones over the three months ending in September, a figure that was largely in-line with analysts' forecasts but was flattered by a much stronger-than-expected average selling price of $793, which topped the $751 consensus and rose 28.3% from the same period last year.
Services revenue, which includes App Store, Apple Music, iCloud Storage and Apple Pay sales, rose 27% to $10 billion but slowed from the 31% recorded in the June quarter, an easing that may have been affected by the slower pace of iPhones sales that reduces the so-called installed base.