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    Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

    Post by flash on Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:17 pm

    http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20081106010714

    Burlingame, Calif. -

    How much cash does Apple have? So much that even the hard-bitten investment analysts who cover the company for a living are sometimes in awe.

    With automakers, insurance companies and banks going to the U.S. government and begging for bailout money, Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) Chief Executive Steve Jobs took a moment during last month's earnings conference call to call attention to his company's massive $24.5 billion pile of cash and short-term investments.

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    "I think you could hire almost every engineer in Silicon Valley on a lifetime employment contract and not really dent that significant cash horde that you have," Bernstein Research senior analyst Toni Sacconaghi said on the earnings call.

    "There's going to be some significant opportunities," Jobs replied dryly. "I think hiring every engineer in Silicon Valley is a good idea, though. Thanks."

    The bottom line: Jobs is the king of cash, he can do anything.

    Of course, when just measuring cash and cash-equivalents, computer and printer giant Hewlett-Packard (nyse: HPQ - news - people ) has more in the bank. But when you add in short-term investments, HP's total hoard is $14.8 billion compared to Apple's $24.5 billion.

    So what will Jobs do with enough money to buy Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony (nyse: SNE - news - people )? Apple is already making acquisitions, albeit judiciously. In April, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer and gadget maker spent $278 million in cash for chip designer PA Semi (see " Why Apple Could Make Phone Chips"). Jobs has said the PA Semi team will be designing silicon for Apple's iPods and iPhones. And with the tech downturn deepening, Apple can use cash to scoop up as many start-ups as it needs.

    A stock buyback is another possibility. Despite surging sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, Apple's shares have fallen nearly 50% this year. Apple's pile of cash and short-term investments now represents a third of its market capitalization. With Apple cranking out roughly $8 billion in cash each year, Apple can certainly afford it. "We believe a share repurchase represents the best use of, at least part of, Apple's [roughly] $25 billion in cash," Bernstein's Sacconaghi said in a note to investors last month.

    Instant Think Tank: What should Apple do with its $24.5 billion in cash and short-term investments? You tell us. Share your thoughts in the Reader Comments section below.

    Others, however, argue that with finance growing tight, thanks to the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the bail out of the nation's banks, sitting tight is the right thing to do. "I'd sit there with all my cash," says Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. "The guys with the cash--banded bundles of 100 dollar bills--are in the best shape of all."

    Apple, of course, is one of many tech companies with large cash piles. The key difference: Other tech companies have been more diligently spending their money on stock buybacks and acquisitions. IBM (nyse: IBM - news - people ), HP and Oracle (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ) have all been snapping up companies at a steady pace. Says Crawford Del Prete, an executive vice president at tech tracker IDC, "These companies are trying very hard to fill cracks in their portfolios so they can capture more of the value in their customers' spending,"
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    Re: Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

    Post by vista on Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:41 pm

    we'll see if he makes good decisions with the money
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    Re: Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

    Post by windows7 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:52 pm

    yep, i'm sure he will

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    Re: Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

    Post by mbp on Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:16 pm

    you never know

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    Re: Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

    Post by littleMac on Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:17 pm

    i think steve knows what he is doing

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    Re: Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

    Post by clark on Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:13 pm

    i do as well

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