With its annual meeting looming and its stock on the decline, Apple is facing a rebellion from an influential investor who wants the company to stop stockpiling cash and give it to shareholders instead.
Greenlight Capital said Thursday that it is suing Apple in a New York federal court over the company’s proposal to eliminate the possibility of issuing preferred stock. David Einhorn, who heads the investment fund, said the proposal would close down one avenue for Apple to reward shareholders with more cash.
Apple is still the world’s most valuable company, but its stock has lost 35 percent of its value since September, as it’s become obvious that its once-rapid growth has slowed down. The company is fabulously profitable and is sitting on a huge $137 billion cash reserve. Wall Street wants the company to share more of that money with shareholders rather than tucking it away in low-yielding bank accounts.