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IBM Approves 15 Percent Dividend Increase

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IBM’s annual shareholder meeting just started at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

The IBM board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.75 per common share, payable June 10, 2011 to stockholders of record May 10, 2011.

This dividend declaration represents an increase of $0.10, or 15 percent higher than the prior quarterly dividend of $0.65 per common share.

IBM has increased its quarterly dividend 400 percent since 2003. This is the 16th year in a row that IBM has increased its quarterly cash dividend, and 8th year in a row of double-digit percent increases.

With the payment of the June 10th dividend, IBM will have paid consecutive quarterly dividends every year since 1916.

The IBM board today also authorized $8 billion in additional funds for use in the company’s stock repurchase program. IBM will repurchase shares on the open market or in private transactions from time to time, depending on market conditions.

This amount is in addition to approximately $4.7 billion remaining at the end of March from a prior authorization.

With this new authorization, IBM will have approximately $12.7 billion for its stock repurchase program. IBM expects to request additional share repurchase authorization at the October 2011 board meeting.

Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer said “Since 2003, we have returned over $100 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases, while continuing to invest in capital expenditures, acquisitions and research and development. Our commitment to delivering value to our shareholders remains as important today, as it has ever been.”

Written by turbotodd

April 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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  1. IBM is accelerating its earnings and cash flows generating $29.5 billion in revenues in the fourth quarter 2011. Gross margin stands at 50% and it generated $19.9 billion in Cash from operating activities in that quarter. From these cash inflows, the company spent $4.1 billion in CAPEX and paid dividends of $3.5 billion as well as bought back stock worth $15 billion. This tells me the company has a lot of room to raise its dividend while accelerating earnings in 2012. IBM has returned an annualized total return of 7.5% in the last 10 years and has grown its dividend from $0.15 per share to $0.75 per share paid quarterly. Source: http://www.bestdividend-paying-stocks.com Current dividend yield is 1.6% and market capitalization of $225 billion.


    January 29, 2012 at 3:13 am

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