Apple Likely to Acquire Netflix, Say Citi Analysts

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Apple Likely to Acquire Netflix, Say Citi Analysts
Highlights
  • Report cites Citi analysts to claim 40 percent chance Apple buys Netflix
  • The move is said to take advantage of new US corporate tax cut
  • Apple is said to have nearly $250 billion in cash

Contrary to the reports of Apple launching a video subscription product in 2018 to counter Netflix, analysts from Citi have said that the iPhone maker could possibly buy the entertainment company by taking advantage of US President Donald Trump's corporate tax cut.

According to Citi analysts, Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant, there is a 40 percent likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix. Under the new taxing rules, the tech giant will be able to repatriate about $220 billion (roughly Rs. 14 lakh crores) in cash to the US.

"The firm has too much cash - nearly $250 billion (roughly Rs. 15.9 lakh crores) - growing at $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.18 lakh crores) a year. This is a good problem to have," Suva and Merchant were quoted as saying.

"Historically, Apple has avoided repatriating cash to the US to avoid high taxation. As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use. With over 90 percent of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10 percent repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion (roughly Rs. 14 lakh crores) for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or buybacks," they added.

A report in Business Insider Australia said that iTunes has been a huge hit for the company, but viewers have migrated increasingly to services like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu to watch their favourite shows leaving Apple struggling to offer a compelling TV or movie offering.

In September 2017, reports poured in that Apple might lease the Culver Studios in California as it plans to pour $1 billion (roughly Rs. 63,000 crores) into TV and movie productions.

The battle for best movie scripts and television projects intensified between tech giants in the Silicon Valley. Google-owned YouTube is already producing original television series and Amazon has won Oscars for "Manchester by the Sea" show.

The iPhone maker has already hired top Hollywood talent duo Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to lead its Hollywood push and is reportedly developing a new TV show that will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

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