If Apple’s cash hoard was its own company, it would be the 13th largest in the world

“Apple’s enormous cash hoard grew to $246.09 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter, up $8.49 billion from the previous quarter,” Christine Wang reports for CNBC. If Apple’s cash pile was its own public company, it would be the 13th largest in the world.”

“The company’s cash reserves have long fueled speculation of acquisitions that Apple might make,” Wang reports. “Apple keeps most of its cash outside the U.S. for tax reasons, but President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are expected to change rules on repatriation of cash stored overseas, which could make it easier for Apple to spend some of the money on acquisitions without taking a major tax hit.”

Wang reports, “Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC, ‘Repatriation is front and center. That is good for the country and Apple.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: With $246.09 billion on hand, Apple could buy Bank of America (based on current market value), and still have $8 billion left over.

Again, as we wrote last September: Let’s not do another “one-time-only” (smirk) repatriation holiday. Let’s fix the broken U.S. corporate tax code instead. Let us eschew the easy way out, that fixes nothing in the long run, and choose to do the hard work instead.

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        And unlike when the right wing criticized president Obama, we’re not making shit up out of whole cloth (birth certificate nonsense, FEMA camps, myriad other false bullshit, etc..), just using his own actions and words against him.

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  1. Here’s a thought, take ONE percent of that, dedicate it UPDATE ALL your products and not just the iPhone and iWatch and iPad. MacPro, iMac, Displays, Mac Mini, Software, etc.. so many of us can keep up with the OS and 3rd party software we want to work with. Please, sign this petition to remove Tim CooK (a.k.a. – Pipeline Tim) for the failure to be aggressive with updates, growth and vision. AppleTV is loosing the battle in that eco system. Tim should take the R&D team from Samsung out to dinner, because without their clusterF, the sales might not have been so grand as he thinks. I call this quarter lacking and lucky. Remove Tim!!
    Take 10 seconds out and sign this.

  2. Apple is rapidly losing ground as a product company and pissing away prior first-mover advantage because its rudderless and paralyzed. And the investment case has substantially weakened along the way despite the love many of you have for the cash hoard. Apple generated 57% EBIT ROI just five short years ago and now 29%. Is it the business side? Partially: EBIT has only grown at a compounded 1.4% over the last five years; but germane to this post on cash, at the same time Apple has been unable to find anything material to invest in–either internal of external–and instead packed the vault with low-yielding investments that have materially diluted returns. You shouldn’t love this, and don’t miss the point here–I love cash IF there’s a strategy for turning it into value-adding rather than value-destroying investments.

    In 2012 it carried about $39B in cash and short term marketable securities when a 12-month Treasury yielded 0.15%, and $92B in long-terms (which $35B low-yielding US/Munis and $41B highly-rated corporates when the average global yield was 3.34%). That blends to 2.36% yield at best on 74% of the entire asset base.

    In 2016 the investment portfolio comprised $47B in cash & short-term (avg 0.52% yield at best) and $170B in long-terms ($30B US/Muni and $114B highly-rated corporates when global yield was 2.65%). 2.05% blended return again on 74% of the company.

    The negative effect on returns from a baseless buildup in this investment portfolio is profound.

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