Icahn To Apple's Tim Cook: Buy Back $150B In Stock, Now


Carl Icahn, recent off a victory lap at Netflix NFLX -1.73%, is turning up the burners on his effort at getting Apple AAPL +0.17% to shell out additional cash to shareholders.

In a letter to Chief executive Tim cook Thursday, Icahn revealed he has elevated his stake in the iPhone-maker to 4.7 million shares and called for an instantaneous delicate supply from the corporate to repurchase $one hundred fifty billion in inventory at $525 per share, funded by using some combination of debt and money readily available.

in keeping with Icahn, the transfer would immediately elevate salary per share with the aid of 33% (by reducing the percentage count) and send the stock price to $1,250 inside three years. He additionally said he would pledge n0t to delicate any of his shares in the buyback.

The billionaire additionally took a shot on the board’s lack of funding chops.

“for my part, from now on extend in executing the buyback we hereby advise will replicate this lack of knowledge on the board,” he writes. “My agency’s success and my expertise as an investor would be troublesome for any individual to argue.”

Even along with his elevated stake, Icahn controls simply half of of 1 % of Apple’s distinguished shares. however because of the septuagenarian’s current winning streak — together with cashing in slightly greater than 1/2 his Netflix stake for a 457% return this month — his voice includes really extensive weight.

there may be also latest precedent for activist traders nudging Apple toward deploying more capital to shareholders. In February, Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, with an excellent smaller stake than Icahn’s, entreated the board to borrow cash and difficulty a new class of most well-liked stock. whereas Apple batted down that plan, it did include pieces of it when it issued $17 billion in bonds a couple of months later to assist fund a $one hundred billion capital return program — buybacks and dividends — throughout the end of 2015.

That plan happy some investors, however now not Icahn, who got here on board in August with the opinion that no longer sufficient of Apple’s prodigious money glide is being lower back to shareholders.

Shares of Apple are down 25% from their September 2012 top of simply over $705. At Thursday morning’s worth of $524.59, Icahn’s stake was once value $2.5 billion and in his letter he expressed an intent so as to add to that position. for the reason that day before he first unveiled his stake on Twitter in August, Apple shares have risen 12%.

the corporate, which unveiled updates to its iPad and MacBook line Tuesday, is set to record quarterly cash after the closing bell Monday, Oct. 28.

Icahn’s letter to cook was printed on Icahn’s new shareholder activism site, shareholderssquaretable.com, which additionally features a caricature that compares the connection between shareholders and company boards and executives to feudalism. The site additionally features a quote from Icahn at Texaco’s annual assembly in 1988:

” lot of people died preventing tyranny. The least i can do is vote against it.”

the full letter used to be revealed on Icahn’s new shareholder activism website, shareholderssquaretable.com, which additionally .

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