NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.42 per common share, payable on August 15, 2018, to shareholders of record on July 18, 2018. The Company has paid uninterrupted dividends on its common stock since 1895.
The Board of Directors today also authorized the repurchase of shares of the Company’s common stock having an aggregate purchase price of up to $5 billion under a new share repurchase program, which replaced the Company’s previous $5 billion repurchase program authorized in 2015. Repurchases under the new program will be made from time to time in open market or privately negotiated transactions at the Company’s discretion and in accordance with requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Company will commence the repurchase of shares of the Company’s common stock under the new program after June 18, 2018. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had approximately 872 million shares of common stock outstanding.
This dividend and the new share repurchase program reflect a continuation of the Company’s long history of consistently returning cash to shareholders.
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About Colgate-Palmolive: Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate’s global oral health education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-D
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