CORK, Ireland, March 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE: JCI) Board of Directors today approved an increase to its regular annual cash dividend to $1.08 per common share from $1.04 previously, representing a payout ratio of approximately 42 percent. The increase will be effective beginning with the fiscal second quarter dividend payment of $0.27 per share, which was declared today and will be payable on April 16, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 22, 2021. Johnson Controls has paid a consecutive dividend since 1887.
The board also increased the company's share repurchase authorization by $4 billion, adding to the $2.0 billion remaining as of the end of the first fiscal quarter under the share repurchase authorization approved in 2019.
The increase to the share repurchase authorization does not impact Johnson Controls previously announced intent to repurchase approximately $1 billion of its ordinary shares during fiscal 2021. Johnson Controls intends to utilize the increased authorization as part of the execution of its capital allocation strategy during the next several years.
"Today's announcement reflects the strength of our balance sheet and liquidity position, as well as confidence that our operating performance will continue to generate strong free cash flow while allowing us to invest in our businesses," said George Oliver, chairman and chief executive officer. "With our strong cash flow and balance sheet, and our commitment to a balanced capital allocation framework, we remain well positioned to execute on our strategic growth initiatives and return significant capital to shareholders," Oliver continued.
In implementing share repurchases, Johnson Controls may purchase shares in the open market or through a variety of methods as permitted by applicable securities laws and other legal requirements, including through the use of a Rule 10b5-1 plan. There exists no obligation under the share repurchase authorization to repurchase any particular amount of shares within any timeframe, and the manner, timing and amount of any purchase will be determined subject to an evaluation of the price and availability of the Johnson Controls' shares, general market conditions, and other factors, although Johnson Controls may enter into a pre-arranged trading plan under Rule 10b5-1 from time to time. Johnson Controls' authorization to repurchase shares does not have a set expiration date and may be amended, suspended or terminated at any time at the Johnson Controls' discretion without prior notice.
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