Could Apple See a Big Dividend Raise in 2013?

In the video below, Motley Fool tech bureau chief Eric Bleeker takes a look at the dividends of tech companies including Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) , and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) . Apple currently boasts a dividend yield of 2% and a payout ratio of just 24%, but both of these metrics are below peers like Intel and Microsoft. Eric contends that Apple's low payout ratio translates into significant opportunities for dividend increases going forward, as evidenced by the fact that Apple generated over $50 billion in operating cash flow last year but is only on pace to return $10 billion to shareholders per year through dividends and reinvest $8.3 billion in capital expenditures.

Additionally, Eric looks at Apple's cash balance of $121 billion, of which $39 billion resides in the United States. Repatriating foreign cash results in additional taxes, so Apple's $39 billion domestic cash balance provides a significant cushion for future dividend increases.

Eric also notes that it is important to look at what other uses for cash a company might have. While he doesn't expect Apple to pursue any large acquisitions, smaller acquisitions and investments in Apple's supply chain have proven successful in the past and will likely warrant consideration going forward.  

So there's ample room for Apple to grow its dividend and continue to invest in its business. With only a couple of quarters of dividend history, it is important for Apple to be deliberate in its strategy for increasing dividends.  

There's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever, and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded with over 1,000% gains and have recently begun to receive quarterly dividend payments. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and more importantly, your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (4)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2150440, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 11/26/2014 4:10:19 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement