Apple files to sell debt due from 2018-2046

“Apple Inc. is selling $12 billion of bonds to return capital to shareholders in the second-largest corporate debt offering in the U.S. this year,” Aleksandra Gjorgievska reports for Bloomberg. “The iPhone maker will sell the securities in 9 parts, with the longest-dated bonds maturing in 30 years, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Proceeds will also back general corporate purposes, including acquisitions and repayment of debt, said the person, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak on the issue.”

“Apple is proposing to sell $2.5 billion of 30-year bonds at a yield of 2.05 percentage points more than similar-maturity Treasuries, said the person,” Gjorgievska reports. “The company’s also planning to sell $2 billion of 10-year bonds at a yield of 1.5 percentage points more than similar-maturity Treasuries, according to the person, which is a 30 basis-point premium compared to similar bonds, Bank of America Merrill Lynch data shows.”

“Apple is also marketing seven-year green bonds, debt that typically backs clean energy and other sustainable initiatives. This is the company’s fifth multibillion dollar offering since 2013. It issued $8 billion in bonds in May to boost shareholder capital,” Gjorgievska reports. “Apple’s offering comes as the markets reopen after a week where issuance of corporate bonds was frozen amid renewed concerns about the health of the global economy. ”

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  1. Damn I hate this phrasing, “Apple Inc. is selling $12 billion of bonds to return capital to shareholders in the second-largest corporate debt offering in the U.S. this year.” Apple is not RETURNING a damn thing to shareholders. Virtually NO current shareholders paid Apple anything for their stock. There is absolutely nothing to “return”.

    Also, Wall Street has already started making noises about the amount of long term debt Apple has. This offering will only make those comments louder and more common. Apple’s growing debt will be just one more weapon Apple naysayers will use to knock the price of AAPL down.

    This insanity of continuing to go into debt needs to stop, but with the bean counters running Apple today, I doubt it will.

    1. What is of course hilarious was the screaming rage from analcysts and activist stockholders that Apple SHOULD go in debt as a method of dealing out their massive cash cache to the world. It has also been hailed as a great way for Apple to bring their overseas cash cache into the USA without incurring the outrageous US taxation on foreign made profits. That’s actually GREAT for Apple and the USA.

      However, to I see any real sense in Apple going into debt over their cash savings? NO! The whole thing is a contrived mess in order to make insane powers-that-be happy. And we all know there is no pleasing the insane.

  2. This is the ONE time where I actually side with the “Steve Jobs would never have allowed this” crowd. Steve Jobs would never have allowed Apple to go into debt. And he probably would have never piled up billions and billions of dollars for a bonfire called “buybacks” that has yielded absolutely nothing. Wall Street doesn’t care how many shares are outstanding, or what Apple’s P/E ratio is, or any other metric that is normally used to set a stock’s target price. Apple could buy back 50% of the shares outstanding and the stock would still trade for less than $120 because that’s how Wall Street things about Apple…going out of business since 1996.

  3. this is a bad idea. or at least the continuation of a bad idea.

    when you start playing wall streets game, you are nothing more than a fish out of water caught between two very hungry cats.

    it is their game, they write the rules, rules written to their benefit – not yours.

    it works just like in a casino, you may gain some short term wins, but in the long run, you lose.

    stock buybacks may sound good within the context of the wall street pitch, but i have yet to see any benefit to me, the stockholder.

    it hasn’t helped increase apples stock valuation, that i can see, although doubtless wall street told them it would be a good thing to do, in that department.

    well, after all, why shouldn’t we trust them?


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