Apple Now Worth More Than Microsoft

I’m not a stock guy, and I have an accountant to handle many of my business items. As such, some of the subtle nuances of the business world are lost on me. Fortunately, I can read. Like this article from yesterday’s Business Insider:

Apple’s stock market capitalization (AAPL) has not yet quite surpassed Microsoft’s (MSFT), but the value of its actual business is now higher.

Specifically, Apple’s business is now worth $200 billion, while Microsoft’s is only worth $197 billion–at least by one simple calculation of enterprise value.*

Wow. That’s a lot of info that I just don’t understand. Thank God they explain it.

A company’s stock market capitalization includes the net value of the cash and debt on the company’s books.  To figure out the imputed value of the company’s actual business, therefore, you have to adjust for the value of those other things.


As of yesterday’s stock market close, Apple had a market capitalization of $223 billion.  Apple has $23 billion of cash and no debt*.  Apple’s enterprise value, therefore, is $200 billion (per Yahoo Finance–see clarifying note below*).

As of last night, Apple closed at 222.12 billion, and Microsoft closed at 219.18 billion.

So what does this mean for the devoted Apple faithful? Well first off, if anyone tells you that Apple doesn’t have a viable computing platform, you can tell them to pound sand. Yes, a good portion of their income was derived from iPods, iPhones and other accessories, but it all start with a computer – the same computers now being sold daily.

Or you can look at this in a negative light, and say that Apple wouldn’t be so high if Microsoft hadn’t been sucking so hard in the past few months. I say be positive, but who am I?

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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