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Google could spend $37.6b buying foreign firms

Published on May 22, 2014 6:12 AM
 
Google told US regulators that it could spend as much as US$30 billion (S$37.6 billion) of its offshore cash reserves on buying foreign companies or technology rights, it emerged on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: EPA

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google told US regulators that it could spend as much as US$30 billion (S$37.6 billion) of its offshore cash reserves on buying foreign companies or technology rights, it emerged on Wednesday.

In responses to questions from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internet titan said that the bulk of the money it is amassing outside the country is likely to be spent on acquisitions.

Google told regulators in a letter that "it is reasonable to forecast" that it needs from US$20 billion to US$30 billion of its foreign earnings to pay to companies or technology in the years ahead.

"We continue to expect substantial use of our offshore earnings for acquisitions as our global business has expanded into other product offerings like mobile devices where our competitors and business partners are no longer primarily US based multinationals," Google said in the letter, which was dated December of 2013.

 
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