All that bad press about working conditions at Apple-affiliated factories apparently hasn’t caused the computer giant any significant economic harm; in fact, the company, bolstered by booming sales of its shiny new iPad, is planning to spread the wealth among shareholders this summer.
Los Angeles Times:
Apple Inc. said today it will begin spending part of its nearly $100-billion cash stockpile on a quarterly dividend, as well as a three-year stock buyback program.
The company said it will pay shareholders $2.65 per share each quarter beginning in Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter, which starts July 1. The company said it hopes the dividend will make Apple stock a more attractive investment to wider base of investors, including those looking to make regular income from owning the stock.