Microsoft approves $40 billion share repurchase program

Microsoft approves $40 billion share repurchase program

FILE PHOTO: A Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Wednesday its board had approved a new share repurchase program of up to $40 billion and raised its quarterly dividend.

The company’s shares rose 1.3% to $140.35 in after-market trading.

Microsoft, which said it would hold its annual shareholders meeting on Dec. 4, also declared a quarterly dividend of 51 cents per share, 11% higher than the preceding quarter.

The repurchase program, which has no expiration date, may be terminated at any time.

The Redmond, Washington-based company returned $7.7 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019.

Reporting by Debroop Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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