Apple announces early morning con-call tomorrow, March 19, to discuss cash balance

Apple announces early morning con-call tomorrow, March 19, to discuss cash balance

Apple has just announced that they will be holding an early morning conference call tomorrow, Monday March 19, at 6am PDT, 9am EDT to discuss Apple's cash balance. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has said he's "not religious" about holding onto to money, and Apple has repeatedly said they're patient and aren't letting their enormous cash hoard burn a hold in their collective pockets.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, will host a conference call to announce the outcome of the Company’s discussions concerning its cash balance. Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash.

Apple's been racing towards $100 billion in cash recently, with no slowdown in sight. Some have called for a dividend for shareholders or a stock buy back, while others have hoped for larger scale purchases.

iMore's own Chris Umiastowski has been hoping for a cash return for a while::

I, for one, would love to see Apple return some of the cash to shareholders. When one quarter of your valuation is tied up in cash it doesn’t maximize value. Apple earns some interest income on the cash, but interest rates are excessively low these days and if they paid out the cash it wouldn’t put much of a dent in their earnings. So paying out the cash unlocks value, which is why shareholders are so interested in seeing something materialize. 2012 looks like the year when something will finally happen.

That was following last quarter, where Apple hit $97.6 billion in cash reserves, $46.33 billion in revenue, 37 million iPhones sold, and 15.4 million in iPads sold. Recently, Apple's even hit $600 a share. Indeed, Chris is in the camp that believes Apple could become the world's first trillion dollar company.

If anyone wants to get their best guesses in, do it now before the bell rings on the call tomorrow.

Con call link: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/call31912

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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frog says:

So they guy who doesn't give a hoot about child slavery is still on your books Rene? Disgusting...

west3man says:

What's your source? Any particular previous iMore article?

Loren says:

It will probably be something mundane like dividends and stock buy backs. I love how everyone is thinking they are going to buy out some big company like twitter or AT&T. Even if they were, they would never announce it in a conference call they would keep it under wraps until the webosphere outted the sale. Let's not get our hopes up.
Love that picture by the way.

Kid.Canada says:

Perhaps a donation would be a awesome idea with that kind of cash. Hopefully Tim Cook does the right thing and helps out the needy people in the 3rd world countries.

Tom says:

And accomplish what exactly? Oh right, nothing, like the billions and billions and billions and billions and BILLIONS of dollars the world has been pumping into those areas for the past 30-40 years.
There's almost a zero percent chance of donations happening like that.

anon says:

Pay a dividend and make more jobs with it. Everyone wins....

berry15 says:

hoping its not a dividend.

Daniel Pinho says:

Gosh, I want new MacBooks... now!

frog says:

What do you think they'll do Renee?

yocko says:

dividend of course. Tim Cooke cashed in 11 million of stock on friday. it would have been unethical to do that after todays announcement when the stock price would have risen because of todays announcement. The only reason you would do that if you are deadsure the stockprice of appl would rise. Which it would after the announcemnet of divident

Tom says:

I'm pretty certain no matter what they announce the stock price will rise. It might be a dividend but also hoping for something more.

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