WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new share repurchase program for up to $2.0 billion of its outstanding common stock. The share repurchase authorization, which is effective immediately and expires at the end of 2011, permits the Company to effect the repurchases from time to time through a combination of open market repurchases, privately negotiated transactions, accelerated share repurchase transactions, and/or other derivative transactions .
The Company also stated that during the second quarter of 2010 it repurchased approximately 16.7 million shares of common stock for approximately $613 million, completing the $2 billion repurchase program authorized in November 2009.
Dave Denton, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CVS Caremark, stated, "We're very pleased with the Board's approval of this new share repurchase program and believe it reflects well-placed confidence in the future growth of CVS Caremark's business and an ongoing commitment to increase shareholder value. We're very focused on the efficient allocation of capital and we will continue to invest in internal projects that meet our return hurdles and use the rest of our remaining free cash flow to increase shareholder value."
Denton continued, "Over the next five years, we expect to generate significantly more free cash flow than what we've generated in the past five years and we expect to use the majority of that free cash flow in the near-term to enhance shareholder returns through dividends and share repurchases. We intend to continue to review our dividend annually and do share repurchases that are value enhancing."
There can be no assurance as to the amount, timing or prices of repurchases. The specific timing and amount of repurchases will vary based on market conditions and other factors. The share repurchase program may be modified, extended or terminated by the Board of Directors at any time.
About the Company:
CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Through our integrated offerings across the entire spectrum of pharmacy care, we are uniquely positioned to provide greater access to engage plan members in behaviors that improve their health, and to lower overall health care costs for health plans, plan sponsors and their members. CVS Caremark is a market leader in mail order pharmacy, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, and retail clinics, and is a leading provider of Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As one of the country's largest pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), we provide access to a network of more than 64,000 pharmacies, including over 7,000 CVS/pharmacy® stores that provide unparalleled service and capabilities. Our clinical expertise includes one of the industry's most comprehensive disease management programs. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Company's website at http://info.cvscaremark.com.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company strongly recommends that you become familiar with the specific risks and uncertainties outlined under the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and under the caption "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward Looking Statements" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
SOURCE CVS Caremark Corporation