First Dell, Now Loudmouth Icahn Buys Apple

Written by Oonagh Reidy     14/08/2013 | 09:18 | Category: PLATFORMS

Look out Apple, Carl Ichan is in town ...and he not afraid to speak up if he thinks things are amiss.

First Dell, Now Loudmouth Icahn Buys Apple


The 'activist' investor who sought to shake up Dell, has now turned his attention to Apple, buying a "large" number of shares in the Cupertino-based giant, he revealed in a tweet, overnight. 

He has already declared he thinks Apple shares are "extremely undervalued." 

Funny that.  

Ichan, Chairman of Icahn Enterprises, revealed the Apple investment on Twitter:   

"We currently have a large position in APPLE. We believe the company to be extremely undervalued. Spoke to Tim Cook today. More to come."



And sure enough, minutes he later tweeted:

"Had a nice conversation with Tim Cook today. Discussed my opinion that a larger buyback should be done now. We plan to speak again shortly."

Icahn, describes himself as "Chairman of Icahn Enterprises L.P.; etc., etc. Some people get rich studying artificial intelligence. Me, I make money studying natural stupidity", recently sought to stop Michael Dell from taking the PC company he founded, private. 

He also previously sought to shake up Yahoo! and Motorola. 

In April, Apple kicked off a massive US$60 billion stock buyback, but Icahn now believes this can be enlarged to a $150 billion buyback by borrowing funds at 3 per cent, he told Reuters. 

"If Apple does this now and earnings increase at only 10 percent, the stock - even keeping the same multiple currently - should trade at $700 a share." 

Apple share price has taken a dive of late, after the absence of new products releases but rose 4.75% today after Icahan's bold tweets. 

However, share have been on the rebound since July - up 18% - according to MarketWatch, with speculation about new product releases, which CEO Cook pointed to in a recent investor call. 

These are believed to include budget iPhone 5C, iPad mini with Retina screen and possibly an iWatch.

Apple shares stand at $493.35, but its a long way from the heady values a year ago when prices veered toward $725 mark with analysts at the time tipping it would hit the $1000 mark.