Apple to Fund Stock Buybacks and Dividends Through Another $5B Bond Sale

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As Apple prepares to launch a new line of iPhones next week, the company is selling another round of bonds to further fund share buybacks and dividends, reports Bloomberg. Apple plans to offer $5 billion of debt in four parts to raise cash for its current capital return program.

The iPhone maker is offering $5 billion of debt in four parts, after dropping a two-year floating rate component, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The longest portion of the sale, a 30-year security, may yield 1.1 percentage points above Treasuries, down from initial talk of around 1.25 percentage points, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deal is private.

In August, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said Apple had completed $222.9 billion of its $300 billion capital return program, which is set to last through 2019. That figure includes $158.5 billion in share repurchases.

At the beginning of July Apple held over $261.5 billion in cash and marketable securities, but approximately 94 percent of that money is held overseas. It would cost Apple upwards of 35 percent in taxes to repatriate its overseas cash, so Apple uses debt markets to raise money more cheaply.

Apple's upcoming bond sale follows $7 billion in debt raised in a six-part bond sale in May of 2017.

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38 months ago

This is not a criticism, well ... perhaps just a bit :) Steve Jobs was all about "no debt, don't listen to irate investors", while Tim has embraced debt issues to appease investors. Personally, I liked Steve's approach much better, since it aligns with my own perspectives.

That may be a short term issue for a growing company during Jobs' period. But established ones holding large capital reserves don't have this issue, as clearly borrowing is cheaper than the tax bill.

It'd be silly to bring money into the US and pay 35%+ on it, when you can lend at a fraction of that rate.
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38 months ago

This is not a criticism, well ... perhaps just a bit :) Steve Jobs was all about "no debt, don't listen to irate investors", while Tim has embraced debt issues to appease investors. Personally, I liked Steve's approach much better, since it aligns with my own perspectives.

The criticisms of debt financing in the literature don't really apply in this case. That's why net debt, which takes into account cash and cash equivalents, is a better measure.
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38 months ago
This is not a criticism, well ... perhaps just a bit :) Steve Jobs was all about "no debt, don't listen to irate investors", while Tim has embraced debt issues to appease investors. Personally, I liked Steve's approach much better, since it aligns with my own perspectives.
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38 months ago
Nothing says Sillycon Valley ethos like a debt-funded share repurchase plan. Modern, sanitary, and totally bereft of any benefit to the mass of humanity living outside the bubble.
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