Apple Stock Valuation ‘Crazy’: Sculley

Monday, 20 May 2013 | 6:14 PM ET
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Apple is being valued as a value-based company instead of the "creative leap" innovator it actually is, former Apple CEO John Sculley says.

Apple is being valued as a run-of-the-mill company instead of the innovator it actually is, former Apple CEO John Sculley said Monday on CNBC's "Fast Money."

"It's being valued as a predictable, value-based company," he said. "And it's sort of crazy to think that Apple is trading at the same P/E as Dell."

Sculley said that the company's stock price plummeting from $705 to the $400 level was unwarranted.

Apple stock closed up 2.2 percent at $442.93 per share.

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"I think that the market has overreacted," he said. "Apple has an extremely talented executive team."

Sculley also said that Apple CEO Tim Cook "has done a great job" taking the reins from late co-founder Steve Jobs.

All eyes would be on Apple's showing at the Worldwide Developer Conference on June 11," he added.

"That's a very, very big seminal moment," Sculley said, adding that people would be watching what Apple has in the works, especially with added competition from the likes of Google andSamsung in the smartphone space.

"So, Apple's got to meet that challenge and come out with a very clear story for its developers," he said.

Sculley also responded to an afternoon news conference by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who called out Apple for its tax shelters a day ahead of CEO Cook's appearance before a Senate subcommittee.

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"I think the tone that Sen. Levin was setting was to make it look like he had uncovered some great activity that Apple was doing that wasn't legal, and that clearly is not the case," Sculley said. "Everyone in the high-tech industry has long used tax planning because we have the highest corporate tax in the world. The high-growth countries in the world are typically 10 to 15 percent tax. We're 35 percent tax. Tax planning is totally legal."

Sculley also said that the technology industry would benefit from a streamlined corporate tax structure.

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"I think most CEOs in the high-tech industry would love to find a way to bring well over a trillion dollars that's offshore back with some plan would be in the best of the country for reinvestment and in the best interest of those corporations," he added. "And maybe Tim Cook will have some ideas tomorrow."

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