Musings On Markets

There will be NO value created.. Before I look at the trade off on and the alternatives to the most well-liked stock issue, let me dispense with the main one part of his claim that cannot hold. Issuing preferred stock will not add value to the business, not one cent. The first legislation of thermodynamics, put on value: You can create value out of nothing at all and giving preferred stock to your common stockholders is a “nothing” take action, as the value of the company is concerned far. It will not boost the cash flows from procedures nor does it alter the risk in Apple’s business.

The cost of capital won’t change: This step won’t change the cost of capital. At first sight, it looks like it should since the cost of preferred stock, at 4% (assuming that it deals at par) is a lot lower than Apple’s current cost of equity (that is approximated at 12% or higher). However, that savings is a mirage, since common stockholders will now have to price in the risk of the additional commitment that needs to be met (the most well-liked dividend) into the price of equity. If this weren’t true, every company with a healthy cash flow (Coca Cola, Microsoft, Google) could become a money machine, granting preferred stock to its common stockholders.

50 in value. This is the worst kind of nonsense, since it is nonsense with a believable twist to it, and that’s the reason it’s been investment conman’s favorite tool over background. The PE proportion is not a constant, and it’ll change as you change the type of your equity cash or risk moves, when you are in cases like this.

While I’d contest Mr. Einhorn’s statements of “value creation”, I want to have a more charitable view of what he is aiming to do. Perhaps, he could be trying to unlock the “price’, then the value rather, a variation that may make more sense if you read my post on value versus price from yesterday. To make this “unlocking price” argument, you have never to only believe that the stock is under appreciated (that I would support) but that the undervaluation is occurring for an extremely specific reason.

Apple to coming back the cash (in the form of preferred dividends) in perpetuity. Presumably, “relieved” investors will now inhale and exhale a sigh of relief and take away the discount on cash, causing the stock price to move up. The upside is limited to the discount on the cash. Even if we acknowledge this debate, though, it is not clear that granting preferred stock to common stockholders is the optimal way to produce this dedication.

10.60 per share to an increased value. 4/talk about. I understand that the commitment is a little weaker, since common dividends are not guaranteed, but given how sticky common dividends are (healthy companies very rarely cut common dividends), however, not by much. Actually, since investors have a tendency to build in objectives of growth into common dividends that will not get included in a perpetual preferred to talk about, the net dedication effect could be neutral.

Buy back stock or pay a special dividend: If investors distrust you with cash or are discounting it, the best response is to come back in right now, then investing in come back it to the near future rather. 40 billion) and commit to more buybacks in the foreseeable future. Issue bonds: Rather than providing common stockholders stocks of preferred stock, you could give them Apple bonds instead.

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The advantage of doing so is you could now possibly have a value impact, not because your functions have magically become more valuable but because the federal government in its wisdom allows you to subtract interest expenses for taxes purposes. The commitment to make interest payments is stronger than the commitment to pay preferred dividends far, since the effect of failing to make interest obligations is default. That’s the reason there’s a limit to how many bonds you can issue, before the trade off starts to work against you.

Faced with these four options: the Einhorn preferred stock offer, an increase in common dividends, a stock buyback/special bond and dividend issuance, there is one final concern to keep in mind. The normal stockholders in Apple have to think about the consequences of every of these for their personal taxes.

With the common dividends and buybacks, we are on familiar ground and the result on taxes is easy. 100 in preferred stock will just reallocate the basis for the Apple stockholding). Bottom line: If the objective behind the preferred stock is to eliminate the “trust” or the “trapped” discount on cash, why create an elaborate mechanism, when a simple one can do?