“Apple Inc. issued $7 billion of debt on Monday, in its latest fundraising to finance a $300 billion shareholder rewards program,” Ciara Linnane reports for MarketWatch. “Apple issued 2-year, 3-year, 5-year, 7-year, 10-year and 30-year fixed-rate notes with the 10-year tranche pricing at 72 basis points over comparable Treasurys, according to CreditSights, or about 10 basis points in new issue concession, the discount institutional investors are granted to encourage them to buy the deal.”

“In September, the company sold $5 billion of corporate bonds, with the 10-year tranche pricing at 85 basis points over Treasurys,” Linnane reports. “‘We would participate in the new issues as long as there are still some NICs at launch (i.e. if the 10-year prices at Treasurys plus 65 basis points or wider),’ analyst Jordan Chalfin wrote in commentary.”

“Proceeds of the deal will be used for the catchall ‘general corporate purposes,’ which again include share buybacks and dividend payments,” Linnane reports. “Apple has repeatedly borrowed in the corporate bond market to reward its shareholders, rather than repatriate some of the $252.3 billion in cash CFO Luca Maestri said last week Apple holds overseas, which would be subject to a 35% tax rate if brought back to the U.S. ‘The timing is good for Apple given its excellent fourth-quarter results and strong initial indications for iPhone X demand,” Chalfin wrote. “However, it’s unusual for Apple to be so active in the debt markets in the second half of the calendar year. Apple is clearly not waiting on tax reform which the GOP is hoping to be effective for January 1, 2018.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, Apple will be able to use their repatriated cash reserves for dividends and buybacks starting next year.