Accenture plc has declared a semi-annual cash dividend of $0.81 per share on Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares for shareholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 12, 2012, and Accenture SCA will declare a semi-annual cash dividend of $0.81 per share on Accenture SCA Class I common shares for shareholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 9, 2012. Both dividends are payable on Nov. 15, 2012. This represents an increase of 13.5 cents per share, or 20 percent, over the company’s previous semi-annual dividend, declared in March.
Share Repurchase Activity
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, Accenture repurchased or redeemed 12.0 million shares, including 10.4 million shares repurchased in the open market, for a total of $696 million. During the full fiscal year 2012, Accenture repurchased or redeemed 36.6 million shares, including 30.1 million shares repurchased in the open market, for a total of $2.1 billion.Accenture’s total remaining share repurchase authority at Aug. 31, 2012 was approximately $4.2 billion. At Aug. 31, 2012, Accenture had approximately 689 million total shares outstanding, including 633 million Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares and minority holdings of 56 million shares (Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares). Business Outlook First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Accenture expects net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 to be in the range of $7.1 billion to $7.35 billion, which assumes a foreign-exchange impact of negative 3 percent compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Fiscal Year 2013 Accenture’s business outlook for the full 2013 fiscal year assumes a foreign-exchange impact of negative 1 percent compared with fiscal 2012. For fiscal 2013, the company expects net revenue growth to be in the range of 5 percent to 8 percent in local currency. The company expects diluted EPS to be in the range of $4.22 to $4.30.
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