Grab Your Share of the Corporate Tax Windfall… One Takeover at a Time!
Remember when you were a kid and someone gave you cash for your birthday or some other holiday?
There was nothing better than that feeling of having extra money that you could spend on anything you wanted.
My go-to was always Nike basketball shoes. Somehow I believed with the newest shoes, I’d be able to jump just a bit higher and score a few more points for my team.
Today, the largest American corporations are sitting on a newfound pile of cash, and executives have that same “free money to spend” feeling.
The great thing about this situation is that as corporate executives find new ways to spend windfalls totaling hundreds of billions, you can claim your own share of the action!
Tax Bill Ships Billions Back to America
Last year at this time, we were getting excited about the new corporate tax cut.
As part of this bill, there was a provision that caused hundreds of billions (eventually, the total will be in the trillions) to flow back from overseas to the United States.
American companies that do international business typically have to pay taxes to the countries in which they are operating. And then from that point, if they are going to send their profits back to the States, they have to pay U.S. tax as well.
In order to avoid paying twice as much in taxes, many companies parked huge sums of cash in overseas bank accounts. Apple for instance had more than $250 billion in cash held in international accounts. That’s a quarter trillion just from one single American company!
The new tax bill allowed corporations to bring that money back to the U.S., while paying a much lower tax rate. The idea was to provide an incentive for companies to bring this money home, and use it for new growth opportunities.
Late last week, I saw a chart from Deutsche Bank that showed how hundreds of billions have been flowing back to the U.S. this year. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my tweet about it.
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With so much cash now back in the States and ready to be used, the question is, “What will executives spend the money on?”
Takeover Deals Offer the Best Return
One of the best ways that companies will be using this cash is to take over other companies through buyout deals.
Here’s how a deal like this works…
A company with plenty of cash and a strong business might use its cash to buy all of the shares of another company.
Maybe that target company has a specific technology that our cash-rich company wants. Or maybe there is a specific brand of clothes or tools or other merchandise that our company wants to sell.
By spending cash to buy out this company, American firms can tap into new opportunities and thereby grow their own business. In the first half of this year, we saw a record $2.5 trillion in takeover deals like this announced.1
And as more cash flows back to the States, the stakes are only getting higher.
When buyout deals like this take place, the acquiring company buys all of the shares of the company being purchased.
And typically the acquiring company has to pay a price much higher than the current market price. After all, if you’re an investor in a company getting purchased, and you know another company wants all of the shares, you’re negotiating from a place of strength. And you want to get paid a lot for your shares!
That’s why when a buyout deal is announced, the stock price of the company getting bought almost always jumps sharply higher. Because the buyer has to offer much more to get the sellers to agree to the deal.
How to Spot — and Profit From — Buyout Deals
If you want to profit from an overnight buyout transaction — waking up to a windfall profit after the announcement is made, you have to think like a corporate executive.
What company could you buy that would help you grow your business?
In retail, it often makes sense to buy a competitor, or a specific brand that would be attractive to your existing customers.
For some companies, buying a technology firm would allow your company to offer better services to your customers, make your own workforce more productive, or cut back on logistical costs.
And in many cases, a company will buy out a supplier to get access to cheaper raw materials.
If you invest in companies that are likely to get purchased by the American companies with hundreds of billions to spend, you’re likely to wake up to a sharp gain one day when a new buyout offer is announced.
Of course these deals aren’t always easy to spot. But if you do your homework and pick out companies that can make good money on their own, while also representing a great potential buyout target, you have a chance to make money whether a deal is announced or not.
It’s just one more way Americans are using this growing economy and the new corporate tax bill to add to their investment gains.
Here’s to growing and protecting your wealth!