Poor Apple. Reminiscent of Richie Rich, the comic strip zillionaire who could never spend more money than his daily allowance, the Cupertino based company continues to rake in more money than it is spending. Apple has tried hard to reduce its cash hoard
, and plans on spending $45 billion over the next three years on dividends and stock buybacks. Apple announced the dividend program in March at the same time it unveiled a $10 billion share buyback plan. Shareholders of record on February 11th will get Thursday's payout.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that money in the company's piggybank has been put to good use with spending on R&D, acquisitions, new store openings and investments in the supply chain and infrastructure. And Apple will still have money for strategic opportunities. The fourth quarter brought $16 billion in cash resulting in a bank account stuffed with $137.1 billion
Apple's dividend yield is 2.2% at current prices, and while in terms of yield there are many more higher paying stocks on the market, in terms of raw dollars, Apple is one of the highest dividend payers in the U.S. Most tech stocks, as a rule, would rather shovel cash flow back into the company, but Apple is a special case because of its large cash position. For example, rivals Google and Samsung refrain from making any dividend payouts.