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Alger on the money - Why tax repatriation matters

08 December 2017

Washington lawmakers are considering changes to the tax code that could result in a large amount of cash returning to the U.S. According to Goldman Sachs, nearly $1 trillion could be eligible for repatriation, allowing U.S.-based companies to deploy more money in even more productive ways at home. Why does this matter and where should investors look for investment opportunities?

  • Investors should consider that 85% of untaxed foreign money is held by Information Technologyand Health Care companies.
  • U.S. companies may be able to repatriate their post-tax funds at any time at no additional cost if a tax affects all untaxed overseas cash, regardless of when companies choose to repatriate funds.
  • In the absence of a time restriction, companies may strategically spend repatriated funds. During the last 12 months, S&P 500 companies with taxable overseas cash spent 58% of their cash outlays investing for growth (capex, research and development, mergers and acquisitions) and 42% returning cash to shareholders (share repurchases, dividends).1
  • Any manner in which repatriating companies spend their cash is likely to fuel earnings growth, which may lead to equity gains for Information Technology and Health Care businesses.

1 Goldman Sachs (2017) “Overseas Cash Repatriation Would Boost Shareholder Returns and Growth Investments.” US Equity Views.

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