Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) announced today that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase authorization of up to $500 million of the company's common stock. This new program is in addition to approximately $9.7 million that currently remains under the previous $300 million share repurchase authorization approved in March 2010. Shares will be repurchased from time-to-time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The company said the repurchase program is intended to offset the dilutive impact on earnings from equity-based compensation and allow for opportunistic stock purchases to return capital to shareholders.
“This new authority established by the board reflects confidence in the company’s future – both in terms of business prospects and ability to generate strong cash flow,” stated Jim Cornelius, Chairman of the Mead Johnson Board. “In addition to utilizing that cash flow to drive profitable growth and pay dividends, we believe that returning cash to shareholders in the form of stock repurchases is another way to deliver on the company’s commitment to enhance shareholder value."
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