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Infineon Technologies: Time to Cash in your Chips?

Published 25 Aug 2014
Reference 5961
Industry Semiconductors
Region Global
Length 13 page(s)
Language English
Prizes & Awards

Winner 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition, Finance and Banking Category


In late 2011, Infineon (IFX), a German semiconductor company, is sitting on a €2.4bn cash balance representing 40% of its assets. As part of a financial policy review, management is receiving conflicting advice from different quarters as to whether to pay out some of the cash holdings, how much and by which methods.

Teaching objectives

The issues covered include (1) the need to link financial policy to business fundamentals, (2) the costs and benefits of holding cash, and why highly cyclical, knowledge-based, capital-intensive companies like IFX need large cash reserves, (3) the mechanics and rationales for different payout methods (e.g., cash dividends, share buybacks, etc.).

  • Semiconductors
  • Technology
  • Cash holdings
  • Capital structure
  • Payout
  • Dividends
  • Repurchases
  • European Competitiveness Initiative
  • Q41314
  • European Competitiveness
  • Europe
  • Strategy