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Tesla, Netflix, Walt Disney potential takeover targets for Apple: Citigroup

With over 90% of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10% repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion for acquisitions or buybacks, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva said in a note to clients.

business Updated: May 06, 2017 13:34 IST
An Apple logo is shown next to a heart and a red dot depicting a local artist's work on the facade of Singapore's first Apple store on Friday.
An Apple logo is shown next to a heart and a red dot depicting a local artist's work on the facade of Singapore's first Apple store on Friday.(Reuters photo)

Citigroup listed seven companies as potential takeover targets for Apple Inc, including Netflix, Walt Disney and Tesla Inc, as a way to put its cash hoard of more than $250 billion to work.

With over 90% of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10% repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion for acquisitions or buybacks, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva said in a note to clients.

US President Donald Trump’s tax blueprint, which was unveiled last month, proposes allowing multinationals to bring in overseas profits at a tax rate of 10% versus 35% now.

“Since one of the new administration’s top priorities is to allow US companies to repatriate overseas cash at a lower tax rate, Apple may have a more acute need to put this cash to use,” Suva said.

The analyst is rated three out of five stars for his recommendations on Apple, according to Thomson Reuters StarMine.

The other potential acquisition targets include video game developers Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and Take Two Interactive Software as well as video streaming service Hulu.

The analyst said the targets were screened considering five criteria - strategic fit, global scale, transaction size, few non-strategic assets and likely impact on Apple’s share price.

Under pressure from shareholders to hand over more of its cash hoard, Apple recently boosted its capital return program by $50 billion, increased its share buyback program by $35 billion and raised its quarterly dividend by 10.55%.