Apple Inc. (AAPL), Sony Corporation (ADR) (SNE), Pandora Media Inc (P): iRadio Set and Ready?

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had a rough start to June, which was highlighted by losing a major lawsuit against Samsung. This lawsuit could lead to the ban of importing Apple’s iPhone 3S and iPhone 4S, among other products. Will there momentum return after the announcement of their iRadio being one step closer to release?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

The story

It is being said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has signed a deal with Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) Music. Bloomberg is reporting that this was the “final record-company holdout needed for the iPhone maker’s planned online radio service.” This service has been unofficially dubbed iRadio. iRadio will pull songs for its customized stations, made by its users, from its iTunes library. Apple has fallen 18% so far this year, and this announcement didn’t really stop the slide.

The system will compete with Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) for business, which has risen 56% so far this year, and over 2% upon this news. Amazingly, Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) has seen revenues grow 2,484% since 2009, while Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “only” risen 2,724% in the past decade. So, what exactly could Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s partnership mean to the company?

Music’s impact

In 2012, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iTunes accounted for less than 5% of Apple’s total revenues. However, with the success of Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) and other competitors, Apple has no reason that it shouldn’t be able to match that figure with this new iRadio service. If it could, it would make up close to 10% of Apple’s total revenue. That would be significant. In fact, if it had generated 5% of Apple’s revenue in 2012, the company would have generated an additional $7+ billion, meaning the company would have generated $15 billion through music alone. That is a significant boost for any company.


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Apple’s stock still shows a very cheap valuation. It’s FCF yield is 10.7% and it shows an earnings yield of 9.5%.  The company’s P/E is also very solid at 10.5. Apple is a company with more available cash than any of these other companies, and, for that matter, more than any American based company. Despite increasing its dividends to a 2.5% dividend yield, the company plans to release $100 billion to its shareholders by 2015. I would expect a large portion of that to be in dividends.

Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE): It certainly doesn’t have the dividend yield that Apple does, but its yield is a solid 1.42%. Its P/E is much higher than some investors would like, sitting at 63.4. Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) also shows an earnings yield of 1.6%, which doesn’t encourage bargain-hunting investors to buy too much of the stock at this point.

Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P): We already discussed the amazing growth of revenues from this company, but its valuation aren’t the most attractive feature of the company. It’s earnings, free cash flow, and dividends either don’t exist, or are in the negative. One good thing for the company is its gross margin levels. From 2009-2012 the company grew its gross margins annually, topping out at 91.7%. As would be expected, with a company that is this young, its capital expenditures have increased for the past few years.

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