Hedge funder and Apple investor David Einhorn is out with an interesting press releas urging investors to vote 'NO' on a proposal from Apple to eliminate the company's ability to issue preferred stock. ---------------------------- GREENLIGHT CAPITAL URGES APPLE SHAREHOLDERS TO OPPOSE COMPANY’S
BOSTON — Some of the biggest hedge funds that helped make Apple Inc a stock market darling lost faith and dumped their stakes in the fourth quarter, fueling the massive drop in the iPhone maker’s share price.
Noted stock pickers including Leon Cooperman, Eric Mindich and Thomas Steyer unloaded billions of dollars of Apple shares between September 30 and December 31, according to disclosure documents filed on Thursday.
Apple posted quarterly revenue of $39.2 billion and quarterly net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per share (an increase of 94% in net income). These results compare to revenue of $24.7 billion and net profit of $6.0 billion, or $6.40 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2011. Apple’s Gross margin was 47.4% (the best ever) compared to 41.4% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
While the folks at Apple Inc. appear outwardly glib in their dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit over the deployment of the tech giant’s US$137.1-billion cash reserves, the rest of corporate America should be getting an uneasy feeling. With so many companies holding near-record cash positions as protection in a post-financial crisis world, those fortresses could be making them vulnerable to attack.