Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Stock Market Continues Defying Gravity, Dow New All Time High - Nadeem_Walayat
2.America Superpower 2016 - Ian Bremmer
3.The US Dollar and the Precious Metals Complex - Rambus_Chartology
4.UK Immigration Crisis Could Prompt BREXIT, Propelling Britain Out of EU Despite German Factor - Nadeem_Walayat
5.The “Real Flash Crash” Will Scare You to Death - Shah Gilani
6.Gold Price Trend Forecast - Bob_Louka
7.UK Deflation Warning - Bank of England Economic Propaganda to Print and Inflate Debt - Nadeem_Walayat
8.Gold Lifeboat to Global Economies “Titanic Problem” Warn HSBC - GoldCore
9.Will Interest Rates Ever Rise? - BATR
10.Who’s Killing the Stock Market? - Shah Gilani
Last 5 days
Best Cash ISA SBI 2.3% - 2.8 Year Fix, UK Interest Rates 2016 - 26th May 15
China Sets Up Gold Bullion Fund For Central Banks - 25th May 15
Is The Silver Trade Getting Crowded? - 25th May 15
Money Murder Mystery: Who Killed the Stock Market? - 25th May 15
Why Do We Celebrate Rising U.S. House Prices? - 24th May 15
Mario Draghi’s Slippery Downward Slope - 24th May 15
Gold : Truth is Stranger than Fiction - 24th May 15
Facebook Stock Price Forecast - 24th May 15
Make a Killing on the Coming Energy "Debt Bubble" - 24th May 15
Stock Market SPX Uptrend Inflection Point - 23rd May 15
What You Know for Certain - Huge Demand for Gold And Silver - 23rd May 15
Are We in Another Credit Bubble? And Is It Different than Before? - 23rd May 15
The “Real Flash Crash” Will Scare You to Death - 23rd May 15
Venezuela: No Rule of Law, Bad Money - 23rd May 15
Robots That Can Beat the Market by 100% - 23rd May 15
Why Shake Shack Stock Is a Bad Investment - 23rd May 15
Gold Price Primary Driver Bullish - 23rd May 15
Time To Get Real About China - 22nd May 15
Gold Lifeboat to Global Economies “Titanic Problem” Warn HSBC - 22nd May 15
One Investment Could Save Two Generations' Retirements - 22nd May 15
Investing is About Identifying Gifted and Talented Camps - 22nd May 15
One of Europe's Latest Debt Nightmares - 22nd May 15
UK Immigration Crisis Could Prompt BREXIT, Propelling Britain Out of EU Despite German Factor - 22nd May 15
America Superpower 2016 - 21st May 15
Stock Market Secular Versus Cyclical Investing - 21st May 15
Banking Stocks Break Out with Higher Bond Yields - 21st May 15
The Tech Portfolio Built to Beat the Market - 21st May 15
Gold “Less Sexy” Than Bitcoin … For Now - GoldCore on CNBC - 21st May 15
The Russia-West Rivalry in the Balkans - 21st May 15
The US Dollar and the Precious Metals Complex - 21st May 15
Gold GLD ETF Drawdown Continues Unabated - 21st May 15
Who’s Killing the Stock Market? - 21st May 15
Your Best Way to Profit from the Narrowest Market in 20 Years - 21st May 15
Government Regulation and Economic Stagnation - 20th May 15
It’s Time to Hold More Cash and Buy Gold - 20th May 15
Choppy Asian Stock Markets - 20th May 15
Countdown to Global Financial Collapse - 20th May 15
Will Interest Rates Ever Rise? - 20th May 15
How to Cash in on Amazon Stock’s Amazing Cloud Success - 20th May 15
Three Hidden Forces Pushing Crude Oil Price Back Up - 20th May 15
U.S. Housing Market Strong Numbers in Perspective - 20th May 15
Greece Debt Crisis - Obama Has A Big Fat Greek Finger - 20th May 15
Now Is the Time to Own the Oil & Gas Leaders - 20th May 15
UK Deflation Warning - Bank of England Economic Propaganda to Print and Inflate Debt - 20th May 15

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Biggest Debt Bomb in History

New Apple Dividend Will Help Push Share Prices Higher

Companies / Dividends Mar 20, 2012 - 07:51 AM GMT

By: Money_Morning

Companies

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: A new Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) dividend will make the stock even more attractive while expanding the pool of potential investors.

Apple announced Monday that starting in September, it will pay a $2.65 quarterly dividend.


Apple also announced a $10 billion stock buyback program to be conducted over three years, beginning in September.

The stock buyback was a bigger surprise to analysts. While too small to move the stock significantly, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the intent is to avoid earnings-per-share dilution from future shares issued to reward employees.

The Cupertino, CA company's enormous pile of cash and investments - over $97 billion as of the end of 2011 - had led to increasingly strident calls for an Apple dividend in recent years.

Yet despite today's investor-friendly moves, some think Apple could have done more.

"The dividend is a start but still not enough," said Money Morning Global Investing Strategist Martin Hutchinson. "It's only about one-third of earnings, or less."

Apple generated $31 billion in cash in its 2011 fiscal year; the new dividend will distribute about $10 billion a year to shareholders. Apple is expected to generate more than $40 billion in cash in fiscal year 2012.

So even with the dividend, Apple generates so much profit each year that its cash pile will continue to grow, just not as fast.

An Apple Dividend as Preventive Medicine
That cash pile worries Hutchinson. He believes that Apple needs to pay out more in dividends not only to reward shareholders, but also to prevent wasting its cash on large acquisitions that would distract management.

He thinks that "at least $50 billion" of Apple's current cash should be distributed to shareholders as a one-time dividend.

Nevertheless, any Apple dividend is a big leap forward for a company that until now has rigidly opposed doing so.

Measured by yield, the Apple dividend of 1.8% is somewhat subpar. While nearly twice the average of other tech companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, it's lower than the 2.1% average yield for the S&P overall.

But in absolute terms, the Apple dividend will be among the highest in the United States.

Such a payout will not only reward current investors, but will attract new ones. Many value funds that required a stock to pay a dividend could not buy Apple. Now they can.

Without new investors, Apple stock would have had a tougher time pushing higher. AAPL has soared of late, rising 47% just this year. But the rapid rise and steep price of nearly $600 a share had caused concern.

"Investors have been wrestling with the question of, 'Who is left to buy the stock?'" Alex Gauna, tech analyst at JMP Securities, told CNN Money.

Higher Apple Dividend
Although some were disappointed the Apple dividend wasn't higher, it's very likely the company will increase it in the future.

In fact, Apple's board may have kept the dividend low to make it easier to raise later. Investors prefer companies that consistently raise dividends.

"We believe management will likely consistently raise the dividend level, given our expectation of strong free cash flow," Scott Craig of Merrill Lynch said.

Apple's other reason for the lower dividend was that two-thirds of its cash pile -- $64 billion - sits overseas.

If Apple were to use any of that money to pay out dividends, it would have to pay the 35% U.S. corporate income tax first.

Like many other large multinational corporations, Apple hopes a corporate tax holiday will allow it to bring most of that money home at a rate as low as 5%.

Congress last granted such a holiday back in 2004. A new holiday would open the door for Apple to distribute even more money to shareholders.

Until - and unless - that happens, most analysts see the new Apple dividend bearing fruit for investors.

"We believe the announcement holds promise for all types of investors; growth, value and income - which should attract more shareholders," said Ben Reitzes of Barclays.

Editor's Note:

There's a great way to invest in Apple - without investing in Apple.

Money Morning's Martin Hutchinson has found an Apple supplier heavily involved in providing technology for the new iPad.

Since he recommended this stock five months ago, it's up 23.5%.

But a bigger payoff is coming. Much bigger... And its shares remain ridiculously cheap.

The full details can be found today in our premium service, Private Briefing, in a report called: Our Apple Inc. Strategy Pays Off --Big.

To get access to this report, and all previous Private Briefing recommendations, just go here.

Source :http://moneymorning.com/2012/03/19/new-apple-dividend-will-help-push-shares-higher-nasdaq-aapl/

Money Morning/The Money Map Report

©2012 Monument Street Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Monument Street Publishing. 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, Email: customerservice@moneymorning.com

Disclaimer: Nothing published by Money Morning should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investent advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication, or after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Money Morning should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Money Morning Archive

© 2005-2015 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Biggest Debt Bomb in History