MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new share repurchase program to mitigate the dilutive impact of shares issued under the Company's employee stock plans. The new program replaces Ryder’s previous anti-dilutive program, which expired in December 2017.
Under the new anti-dilutive program, Ryder management is authorized to repurchase up to 1.5 million shares of common stock issued to employees under the Company’s employee stock plans from December 1, 2017 through December 13, 2019. Share repurchases will be made periodically in open-market transactions using the Company's working capital, and are subject to market conditions, legal requirements, and other factors. In addition, management has been granted the authority to establish a trading plan under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as part of the repurchase program. As of September 30, 2017, the Company had 52.9 million shares of common stock outstanding.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the S&P MidCap 400® index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom and social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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