. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $1 billion share repurchase authorization for the company’s common stock, reinforcing the company’s commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.
The company repurchased approximately 20 million shares for about $790 million during the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, completing all but $100 million of its existing share repurchase authorization. The new repurchase authorization follows the company’s recent announcement to increase its annual dividend per share by one-third, from $0.60 to $0.80, representing the second increase in fiscal year 2013.
“We’re pleased to have distributed over $1.1 billion in cash to shareholders year-to-date through our increased dividend and meaningful share repurchase activity,” said Sabrina Simmons, EVP and chief financial officer of Gap Inc. “Both the new authorization and the recent dividend increase underscore the company’s commitment to returning cash to shareholders.”
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- returning excess cash to shareholders;
- increase in annual dividends.
Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following:
- the risk that the company does not repurchase some or all of the shares it anticipates purchasing pursuant to its repurchase program.
Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013, as well as the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.