Carl Icahn Drops Apple Buyback Proposal

Carl Icahn Drops Apple Buyback Proposal

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Carl Icahn has announced that in light of Apple's recent buyback activity and the ISS recommendation to vote 'No' against his proposal, it is being withdrawn.

Here's the open letter just posted to Apple shareholders.

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Dear Fellow Apple Shareholders,

While we are disappointed that last night ISS recommended against our proposal, we do not altogether disagree with their assessment and recommendation in light of recent actions taken by the company to aggressively repurchase shares in the market.

In their recommendation, ISS points out, and we agree, that “on the spectrum of options for allocating capital, the board appears to have been sluggish only in returning excess cash to shareholders,” and even though the company has in place “one of the largest buybacks in history” we agree with ISS that this effort seems “like bailing with a leaky bucket” when “given the scale of the company’s cash reserves.”

That being said, we also agree with ISS’s observation, taking into account that the company recently repurchased in “two weeks alone” $14 billion worth in shares, that “for fiscal 2014, it appears on track to repurchase at least $32 billion in shares.” Our proposal, as ISS points out, “thus effectively only asks the board to spend another $18 billion on repurchases in the current year.”

As Tim Cook describes them, these recent actions taken by the company to repurchase shares have been both “opportunistic” and “aggressive” and we are supportive. In light of these actions, and ISS’s recommendation, we see no reason to persist with our non-binding proposal, especially when the company is already so close to fulfilling our requested repurchase target.

Furthermore, in light of Tim Cook’s confirmed plan to launch new products in new categories this year (in addition to an exciting product roadmap with respect to new products in existing categories), we are extremely excited about Apple’s future. Additionally, we are pleased that Tim and the board have exhibited the “opportunistic” and “aggressive” approach to share repurchases that we hoped to instill with our proposal. It is our expectation that Tim and the board continue to exhibit this behavior as fiduciaries to the shareholders since they clearly seem to agree that our company continues to be extremely undervalued, and we all share a common optimism with respect to the company’s bright long term future.

Sincerely yours,

Carl C. Icahn
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Carl Icahn Drops Apple Buyback Proposal
Tarzan - February 10, 2014 at 7:52pm
Who push Tim to over_Cash the 14 ? Carl as well no ? eheheh Score ? = Carl : 1 / Tim : Minus 14 lol
Wee Willy Spunker - February 10, 2014 at 8:18pm
Both have 100.
J Riera - February 10, 2014 at 4:54pm
Tim Cook one, Carl Icahn Zero. Final score? I hope so,
Wee Willy Spunker - February 10, 2014 at 5:08pm
Tim cook, Carl Icahn final score 100. Don't give your hopes up so easily.
iDontKnow - February 10, 2014 at 3:55pm
Because it is not futureproof. Nice decision
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