KENOSHA, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced that its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $500 million of common stock that replaces two previously approved share repurchase programs under which approximately $116 million of authorization remained. A third previously approved share repurchase program, which allows the repurchase of up to the number of shares issued under the company’s various equity plans, remains in place. Including the new authorization, total share repurchase availability currently stands at approximately $501 million.
“This new share repurchase program reinforces our commitment to create long-term value for our shareholders and our belief that Snap-on is well-positioned for the future,” said Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re encouraged that our strong financial position and cash generation enable us to return capital to our shareholders, along with our long-standing dividend, through a more substantial share buyback program. At the same time, our priorities for capital allocation include continuing to strategically invest, both organically and through acquisitions, along our defined runways for growth and improvement.”
Shares may be repurchased from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to applicable laws and regulations. The company intends to fund repurchases through a combination of available cash and debt.
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products and support its franchise business. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.4 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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