SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of Starbucks Corporation’s (NASDAQ: SBUX) previously announced plan to return $25 billion to shareholders in the form of share buybacks and dividends through fiscal 2020, the Company is currently executing a $5 billion accelerated share repurchase program (ASR) of the Company’s common stock with the assistance of two financial institutions. The Company used proceeds from the recently completed transaction with Nestlé S.A. to execute the ASR, effective October 1, 2018. Initial delivery of shares represented approximately 80% of the total shares that will be repurchased under the ASR, which is expected to be completed as early as February 2019 and no later than March 2019. The total shares repurchased will be based on the volume weighted average share price during the term of the ASR, less an agreed discount, and is subject to certain adjustments under the agreements.
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 29,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and www.news.starbucks.com.
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