Apple borrows $7 bn despite sitting on a $200 bn cash pile

San Francisco: The cash-rich company is looking to grab a piece of ultra-cheap money by releasing corporate bonds at the all-time low borrowing rates.

The tech giant, Apple Inc., is releasing bonds in the cash market at all-time low borrowing rates. The issued bonds will yield 2.99%, interest in contrast to 3.45%, it is paying on thirty-year bonds it sold in 2015.

Molly Smith from Bloomberg added that issuing bonds will save Apple Inc. $7 million annually. Further added, “borrowing will be cheaper if compared to the issuing of more shares. The company earns relative to its share price, is around 5.6%, while it can borrow for 30 years for less than 3%.”
The company is aggressively buying back its stock for the past 18 months, and it has already spent $122 billion, shared by Financial Times.

As per market watch, “September typically has been the busiest month of the year for the issuance of U.S. high-grade corporate bonds, so investors are ready to put cash to work.”Further added by Merrill Lynch of Bank of America, “we are forecasting $120 billion to $130 billion in fresh supply for September alone.”

How are Investors taking it?

“The market is wide open and functioning, and investors were preparing for this,” said Tom Murphy, a senior portfolio manager at Columbia Threadneedle, in an interview with MarketWatch.

While concerns have been raised over the record amounts of debt being issued by U.S. companies, lately a bigger portion of proceeds from new bond issuance has gone toward paying down existing debt at lower rates, thus reducing corporate leverage.

Apple said it plans to use its proceeds from the new bond sale for general corporate purposes, including repurchasing common stock and paying dividends, as well as for working capital and the repayment of other debt.

“We’re getting lower coupons, but guess what? There are lower coupons everywhere,” Murphy said, pointing to the roughly $17 trillion pile of negative-yielding debt globally.
“The trade-off is that coupons are lower for us,” he said. “But for us, as bondholders, we also want companies to be good corporate stewards.

Download MM News mobile application and keep yourself updated.
Comments: 0

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *