WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) has authorized the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend commencing in the first quarter of 2017, and declared an initial dividend of $0.20 per common share, payable February 23, 2017 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 9, 2017.
In addition, the Board of Directors has increased AMG’s share repurchase authorization to a total of four million shares. Under its share repurchase program, AMG may repurchase issued and outstanding shares of its common stock in open market or privately negotiated transactions, with the timing of purchases and the amount of stock purchased determined at the discretion of AMG’s management.
“The initiation of a dividend and ongoing repurchase of our shares evidence our confidence in AMG’s future business prospects and commitment to maximizing returns for our shareholders through the disciplined allocation of the strong and growing free cash flow generated by our business,” stated Sean M. Healey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMG.
AMG is a global asset management company with equity investments in leading boutique investment management firms. AMG’s innovative partnership approach allows each Affiliate’s management team to own significant equity in their firm while maintaining operational autonomy. AMG’s strategy is to generate growth through the internal growth of existing Affiliates, as well as through investments in new Affiliates, and additional investments in existing Affiliates. In addition, AMG provides centralized assistance to its Affiliates in strategic matters, marketing, distribution, product development, and operations. As of December 31, 2016, AMG’s aggregate assets under management were approximately $727 billion, pro forma for investments which have since closed, in more than 500 investment products across a broad range of active, return-oriented strategies. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.amg.com.
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