“Apple Inc. is marketing $12 billion of bonds in the U.S. as the iPhone maker seeks a cheaper alternative to reward shareholders than overseas cash that’s subject to repatriation taxes,” Sarika Gangar and Matt Robinson report for Bloomberg.
“The company may sell notes as soon as today, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. Apple plans to issue both floating- and fixed-rate notes with maturities of three and five years in addition to fixed-rate notes due in seven, 10 and 30 years, said the person, who asked not to be identified because terms aren’t set,” Gangar and Robinson report. “By taking on more debt, the world’s largest technology company by stock-market capitalization is sticking to its efforts to keep its U.S. tax bill low. Borrowing costs in the bond market are much lower than the levy on any money repatriated on Apple’s balance sheet that’s considered to be held overseas. Of the $151 billion Apple has in cash and marketable securities, about 88 percent is held offshore.”
“‘They don’t want to pay the tax to bring it back to the U.S.,’ said Matthew Duch, a fund manager at Calvert Investments in Bethesda, Maryland, which oversees more than $12 billion in assets, and is considering buying part of today’s offering. ‘The market is giving them very cheap money,'” Gangar and Robinson report. “The company’s strong growth and international expansion in recent years has built up ‘substantial offshore cash balances,’ Luca Maestri, who will soon take over as Apple’s chief financial officer, said on the earnings call. ‘To repatriate our foreign cash under current U.S. tax law, we would incur significant tax consequences and we don’t believe this would be in the best interest of our shareholders,’ Maestri said.”
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