WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) today announced the following actions in accordance with its capital allocation framework.
The company's Board of Directors has authorized a new program for the repurchase of up to $500 million of Bunge's common shares. The program has an indefinite term and replaces the previous $975 million repurchase program, which was completed in the first quarter of 2015.
The repurchases may be made from time to time through a variety of means, including in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or through other means as determined by Bunge, and in compliance with applicable legal requirements. The timing and number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including share price and market conditions, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
The Board of Directors also approved an increase in the company's regular quarterly common share cash dividend, from $0.34 to $0.38 per share. The new dividend is payable on September 2, 2015 to shareholders of record on August 19, 2015.
The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.21875 per share on its 4.875% cumulative convertible perpetual preference shares, payable on September 1, 2015 to shareholders of record on August 15, 2015.
About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 35,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
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