Apple poised to boost buybacks by $90 billion, Citi says

Apple poised to boost buybacks by $90 billion, Citi says

Bloomberg: For years, Apple Inc has been at the forefront of multi-billion dollar stock repurchases among technology mega-caps. According to Citigroup Inc. analyst Jim Suva, it may be about to raise its game.

In a note published, Suva estimated that the iPhone maker might announce a buyback of $80 billion to $90 billion, while also increasing its dividend by 5% to 10%. All eyes will be on its second-quarter results due after the closing bell on April 28.

With their coffers filling fast, companies including Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have been looking for ways to employ excess cash. Apple’s repurchases have totalled $274.5 billion, including $20.4 billion in the December quarter alone. Yet the company still has cash of more than $200 billion on the balance sheet, and with authorization to purchase up to $315 billion of stock, has scope to do a lot more.