Apple – A Dividend Grower?

Another earnings report. Another home run. Apple Inc (AAPL) reported after yesterday’s market close, a Q2 EPS of $11.62 beating analyst expectations of $10.18 by $1.44. Revenues for the quarter came in at $45.6B. As the world’s largest publicly traded company, currently with a market cap of $470B, that is quite an achievement.As a quick reference, the following chart shows the great story of Apple’s trend in revenue, earnings and book value per share. On a 10-year scale, Apple boasts a revenue growth of 38%, EBITDA growth of 63.6% and book value growth of 43.5% annualized.

But as a dividend growth investor, I am more interested in the announcement of the stock split, dividend raise and the buyback plan.

Stock Split
Apple has confirmed that the stock will be split 7:1 that is targeted to be completed Jun 9, 2014; which at current levels will drop the stock price around the $75-$80. This is good news for the small investors considering to add Apple to their holdings.
Buyback
Apple is currently sitting on a cash pile of $151B of which $132B is kept overseas to lower its US tax bill. The company has decided to increase its buyback by an additional $30B through next year bringing the total to $90B. Carl Icahn should finally be able to calm down and get some sleep 🙂 It is important to note that the overseas cash cannot be used in buybacks and dividends unless Apple decides to pay the additional US tax on the amount.
Dividends
Apple started paying dividends in 2012 and much has been written by others about how this was the turn of Apple from a growth-focused stock to a value stock. This seemed to disappoint for a majority of the day-traders and investors who are in the market for a quick buck, but that news was really music to my ears. With the initiation of dividends, Apple signaled that investors can profit while staying invested without selling the position to exit the investment before realizing any profit.
The growth in dividends seem to be at a very good pace as well. From 2012 to 2013, the dividend rose 15% and yesterday’s announcement of new dividend of $3.29 signals an 8% increase. All signals seem to point that Apple may continue to be a dividend grower for years to come.
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The Real Winners of In-Car Entertainment

We are on the verge of in-car entertainment (ICE) going mainstream. Apple (AAPL) recently announced the release of CarPlay, its iOS vehicle integration at the Geneva International Motor Show, which allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of the car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages and music. CarPlay will be first accessible from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, and is slated to release for other car manufacturers later this year.

Google (GOOG) has announced that it is forming partnership with Audi, GM (GM), Honda (HMC), Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA) called an Open Automotive Alliance. The alliance is aimed at developing ways of integrating the search engine giant’s Android operating system into cars to make driving “safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone.”

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