“Loaded with growing cash reserves, the computer maker has created an asset-management firm in a state with fewer taxes and looser ties with the IRS Apple Computer is breaking records with sales of its popular iPod music player — and has the coffers to prove it. Now the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker has come up with what could be a smart way to manage part of that swelling cash pile. Apple has set up a company based in Nevada with the purpose of managing its cash and short-term investments in a tax-advantageous manner,” Arik Hesseldahl reports for BusinessWeek. “According to public documents, Apple has incorporated Braeburn Capital, an asset management company based in Reno, (Nev.) Braeburn — named for a variety of apple that’s uniquely sweet and tart — will be a vehicle for managing Apple’s investment portfolio. By incorporating in Nevada, Apple will be shielded from certain taxes imposed by the state of California, according to a person briefed on the matter.”
“Apple’s cash reserve has nearly doubled over the last two years. At the end of 2005, Apple had $8.7 billion in cash and short term investments, about 15% of its market capitalization. That’s up 91%, from $4.6 billion, at the end of 2003. And it compares with much bigger rivals like Dell, which reported $9 billion in cash and short-term investments for the quarter ended February,” Hesseldahl reports. “An Apple spokesman said Braeburn will function as a regional treasury office, on par with existing offices in Cupertino, Singapore, and Cork, Ireland. He declined to comment on the tax implications or elaborate on Braeburn’s investment plans.”
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