Apple to report on Tuesday that it currently holds $250 billion in cash
It has taken Apple only 4 and half years to double its cash hoard. During the fiscal first quarter of 2017, Apple was adding $3.6 million to its cash position every hour. It finished the quarter ending in December with $246.09 billion in cash. 90% of the money is banked overseas, which means that Apple would be one of the companies to benefit the most from President Trump's plan to offer a one time tax break on repatriated funds.
Currently, U.S. corporations pay 35% on cash held overseas that is brought back to the states. There is speculation that the rate will be cut to as low as 10% for this one time only event. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both have expressed an interested in shipping some cash home if given the chance to save on the repatriation tax.
With such a large amount of cash stashed away, Apple stockholders could demand that Apple distribute some of it to them by raising the quarterly dividend which is currently at 57 cents a share. Based on the stock price, this is a yield of 1.6% on an annualized basis. Apple could also decide to pay a one-time only special dividend, or make a purchase. Currently, there is a rumor that Apple is interested in purchasing the memory chip business belonging to Toshiba.
The latest gossip has Apple and iPhone assembler Foxconn combining to make a bid for the Toshiba division. Apple would end up investing several billion dollars for a 20% stake in the company that it would form with Foxconn. One fund manager with holdings in Apple, Robert Nichols of Windward Capital Management Company, says Apple should buy video streamer Netflix for $65 billion. He says that such an acquisition would allow Apple to own a streaming media service without having to start one from scratch.
source: Marketwatch, FoxBusiness
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