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Cash-flush Apple raises US$17b in bond sale - The Business Times - Business Times (subscription) #AppleNews

Cash-flush Apple raises US$17b in bond sale - The Business Times - Business Times (subscription) #AppleNews

[NEW YORK] With a US$145 billion cash hoard, Apple could acquire Facebook, Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo. Put another way, it could buy every office building and retail space in New York, according to city estimates. Despite its extraordinarily flush balance sheet, the technology behemoth borrowed money on Tuesday for the first time in nearly two decades. In a record-size bond deal, the company raised US$17 billion, paying interest rates that hover near the low-cost debt of the US Treasury. Apple's return to the debt markets raises a riddle: Why would a company with so much cash even bother to issue debt?

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