Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Announces Expanded Capital Return Plan for Shareholders
Board Authorizes an Additional $1 Billion Share Repurchase; Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.25 Per Share And Announces an Indicated Annual Dividend of $1.00 Per Share
WATERBURY, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and single serve beverages with its innovative Keurig® brewing technology, today announced its Board of Directors has approved a new share repurchase authorization of up to $1 billion and declared a dividend to GMCR shareholders. The new share repurchase program will take effect upon completion of the Company’s current program, which has $138 million remaining of its previously authorized $500 million. The new stock repurchase program of up to $1 billion is authorized to be executed over the next two years and will be implemented at such times and prices as determined appropriate by the Company's management.
“This plan represents a balanced approach to our commitment to delivering increased value to our shareholders while preserving our liquidity and flexibility to reinvest in our business.”
The Company announced the Board approved an indicated annual dividend of $1.00 per share, payable $0.25 per quarter, and on November 19, 2013 declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share. The quarterly cash dividend will be paid on February 14, 2014 to GMCR’s shareholders of record as of January 17, 2014.
“GMCR’s Board of Directors implemented this plan based on our continued confidence in the Company’s long-term growth prospects, financial outlook and cash flow generation,” said Brian P. Kelley, GMCR’s President & CEO. “This plan represents a balanced approach to our commitment to delivering increased value to our shareholders while preserving our liquidity and flexibility to reinvest in our business.”
The share repurchases and cash dividend will be funded by cash from operations and funds available through GMCR’s existing credit facility.
About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® Single Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating a portion of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. For more information visit: www.gmcr.com. To purchase Keurig® and Green Mountain Coffee® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.greenmountaincoffee.com.
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