Microsoft hikes dividend, launches $40B buyback

22 Septembre, 2019, 15:43 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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Microsoft has announced some financial reshuffling. Redmond's board of directors has revealed the company's quarterly dividend increase.

Flush with cash and an infrequent acquirer of large technology companies, Microsoft has been a massive buyer of its own shares since the early 2000s and generally has an active $40 billion buyback plan that gets replaced once expended.

Microsoft declared a quarterly dividend of 51 cents a share, up from 46 cents previously, payable to shareholders of record on November 21. The dividend is payable December 12, 2019, to shareholders of record on November 21, 2019.

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The Microsoft stock has gone up fourfold, and at the same time, it has managed to breach the threshold of a market cap of $1 trillion. In the quarter before that, Microsoft made buybacks to the tune of $10.72 billion. Microsoft mentioned that this repurchase program has no expiration date and may be terminated at any time. Redmond's share price is now standing at $138.52.

The technology giant also announced December 4 as the date for the next annual shareholders' meeting. As usual, CEO Satya Nadella will host the meeting, although he will do so virtually alongside CFO Amy Hood, President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, and Independent Board Chair John W. Thompson.

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