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WSJ: Apple Now Holds 10 % of All Business Cash: Moody’s

QZ: Apple is sitting on 10 % of all United States business cash

Reality: Apple’s foreign and domestic cash reserves, if absorbed aggregate, make up around 10 percent of UNITED STATE corporate cash, if you mark down financial corporations. So if you take all the cash reserves of a worldwide company that happens to be headquartered in the United States, call it an U.S. company, disregard the most cash-rich genre of all UNITED STATE corporations, and compare the Apple tally to the synthetically constrained aggregate, it’s around 10 percent of business money.

That’s far less excellent than the Exchange Journal’s heading, and a firm discount on QZ’s. But we are being a bit pedantic. Let us have a look at Apple’s bank stash.

An internal document dated Could 21, 2013 detailing how Apple organizes its affairs to stay clear of paying taxes – a completely legal and anticipated undertaking – suggests that the business had $145 billion in cash, of which $102 billion, or 70 percent, was foreign.

That’s to state that Apple the worldwide corporation has $102 billion in money, equivalents, and valuable protections abroad from its titular home country of the United States. Money isn’t mobile across certain borders. If Apple wished to bring that money ‘house’ it would pay a stiff corporate tax rate. So, many of its money is essentially exiled in perpetuity.

To count it as cash that sits under the jurisdiction of a company that we can deem a UNITED STATE company is to for that reason bend the meaning of what’s sensible.

Apple’s domestic cash is around $43 billion (May information is the very best that we’ve right here relating to the foreign/domestic split). The Exchange Journal reported that, according to Moody’s, aggregate UNITED STATE business money totals $1.48 trillion. Apple domestic cash is for that reason around 3 percent of that figure. That’s less remarkable.

But we’re in a further muddle here, as we’re comparing domestic money of one company to aggregate money of others. And, we’re still taking care of money of non-financial companies (not all), so we’re too far down the rabbit hole to see light.

Apple remains immensely wealthy. Today, nonetheless, activist financier Carl Icahn announced that he’s pressing the business to include $90 billion to its share repurchase program, which would strain Apple’s money position.

The correct way to compare corporate money would be to find breakdowns for the 1,000 firms that Moody’s rates (those are the firms from which it developed the $1.48 trillion figure, I believe) and compare domestic money to domestic money and foreign to foreign. That’s offered you wanted to compare the subset of international companies that call the United States house.

It would be much more fascinating again to compare all rich international companies and their aggregate money position. Enjoy.