How can a company have too much money? If you believe hedge fund manager David Einhorn, Apple certainly does. Many in the tech industry “view their self-importance by the size of bank accounts,” according to this Apple investor, and he’s aggressively promoting a unique way of distributing the $137B Apple cash reserve to shareholders ahead of the company’s annual meeting on 27 February.
While Apple’s attitude is on trial – in the courts, the stock market, and the media – it’s hardly an unusual position for a technology driven manufacturing company. What is unusual is how Einhorn is approaching that pile of cash and how it is distributed. This may be more evidence that the days of corporate raiders as we know them are over and a potential new golden era for tech companies is ahead.
Right now we still have a fight to finish before anyone can claim victory.