International Paper Plans $2B Share Buyback; Slashes Dividend By 9.8%

  • International Paper Co (NYSE: IP) board of directors has approved a share repurchase program to acquire up to $2 billion of the company's common stock.

  • The new authorization is in addition to $1.3 billion remaining as of Q3 end from a previous repurchase authorization.

  • The company's board of directors also decreased the quarterly dividend by $0.05 per share or 9.8%, bringing the per-share dividend to $1.85 annually.

  • The dividend is being decreased by 9.8% from $0.5125 to $0.4625 per share for the period October 1 - December 31, inclusive, on the company's common stock, par value $1.00. This dividend is payable on December 15, 2021, to record holders on November 15, 2021.

  • The company's board also declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share for the October 1-December 31 period, inclusive, on the cumulative $4.00 preferred stock.

  • Price Action: IP shares closed lower by 0.02% at $55.74 on Tuesday.

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