Ashish, You know the US has in the past granted company a "one-time" opportunity to repatriate foreign cash. I remember writing about it at the time because Microsoft used that opportunity to pay shareholders a special dividend that totalled $30 billion. Cisco also brought back some cash and so did many other American companies.
What happened afterward? The companies began piling up cash overseas again. If the government agrees with your suggestion we'll start the cycle all over again. This time they should close the loophole or stop double taxation. If the money was earned overseas and had been taxed overseas don't tax it again at home until somebody goes out to splurge on themselves!
"I am very much in favor of a One-time Tax Holiday which permits most US Headquartered Companies to bring back most of their Overseas profits back to the US"
@Ashish: I think that may be a good move but can this be a good move in the long-run? Given how easy it is for companies to shift cash around, what happens when the tax holiday ends? Do they look to take out the investment again to other countries? If that happens, it may end up hurting the economy more.
Where are the synergies?Those kind of Games are very common In Countries like China& India (where Company onwers tend to use Cash from Profitable enterprises to bail out loss making entities-often with disastrous consequences for all concerned and especially retail shareholders);but I have'nt heard many such major cases here in America.
TIs Numbers are not as massive as the rest of the Giants;but they still have plenty of Cash held Offshore ;which could easily be repatriated back to the US if Tax Conditions were favorable.
I am very much in favor of a One-time Tax Holiday which permits most US Headquartered Companies to bring back most of their Overseas profits back to the US.
Its a one-stroke way to reduce America's Budget and Trade Deficits and permits us to run a relatively loose Fiscal policy for a longer stretch of time(until The Economy Heals better after what happened in 2008).
Too bad same thing is set to happen again in 2012-2013 also.
But then as they say-Politics always Trumps Economics.we are heading for a massive Debt Ceiling induced crash as well as a Fiscal Cliff here in America.
It is better to compare TI against other analog companies than the likes of Apple and MSFT and Google. Better gauges are Maxim, Infineon, STM, LinearTech etc. In terms of 1.2 or 1.5x leverage, what is the consensus on reasonable levels for a major analog IC company?
Ashish, You picked the wrong company though your point is very valid. Texas Instruments cash may be in some foreign account but I doubt the company has a great deal of loot anywhere. It's not TI that should be the focus of such a discussion because it just relatively speaking doesn't rank that high in the group of cash-rich technology companies.
Here are the numbers, which you are may be aware of but humor me while I restate them here: Apple ($117.2 billion in cash, short-term and long-term investments); Microsoft ($72.8 billion); Google ($44.2 billion); Intel ($14.8 billion.) TI doesn't even rate a mention.
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