Apple CEO Tim Cook and four fellow Cupertino execs flogged a load of company stock worth $143m last week.
According to a report from Barron's, the five top execs at the iThing giant dumped shares in a scheduled selloff, in the days following the launch of new iPhone 6.
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Barron's estimates that Cook's sale of 348,425 shares in Apple stock netted a $35,250,297 payout for the Apple boss; that's about $101 a pop. Even with the tidy haul from the sale, Cook continues to hold 950,767 shares in Apple Inc, or roughly one per cent.
Marketing honcho Phil Schiller cashed out 348,846 shares, worth around $35,256,000, while Senior VP of operations Jeffery Williams and general counsel Bruce Sewell each made about $35m from selling off shares.
That execs would find themselves flush with Apple shares to cash out is no shocker. Earlier this year Apple undertook a massive 7-way stock split and over the summer the price of the shares ballooned back up to $100, giving the shareholders a greater volume of stock with a higher overall worth.
The timing of the scheduled sale comes at a fortunate time for the group. The report notes that the transactions were completed by 22 September, days before a series of gaffes including a botched firmware update and questions about casing durability on the new iPhone caused Apple's stock to drop in trading.
As of Thursday evening, Apple stock was sitting at $97.87, down 3.81 per cent on the day.
Since (as noted earlier) this stock sale was scheduled, there is no reason to connect the sale to the price drop other than pure coincidence. Odds are that once the bad publicity blows over, Apple's stock price will recover and then some over the holiday shopping season. The Cupertino goliath also released iOS 8.0.2 today, following the bungled 8.0.1 update on Wednesday. ®