NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF), announced today that its Board of Directors has approved an increase to Jefferies’ share repurchase program of $250 million. This increase will add to the approximately 2.8 million-share authority that Jefferies has under its existing repurchase program. Shares may be repurchased by Jefferies from time to time in the open market, through block trades or otherwise.
During the current fiscal quarter, Jefferies has repurchased approximately 7 million shares at an average price of $21.70 or approximately $152 million.
As of today’s close of business, Jefferies has 284,761,185 issued and outstanding common shares, or 307,759,516 outstanding common shares on a fully diluted basis.*
About Jefferies Financial Group Inc.
Jefferies Financial Group Inc. is a diversified financial services company engaged in investment banking and capital markets, asset management and direct investing. Jefferies Group LLC, our largest subsidiary, is the largest independent, global, full-service and U.S. headquartered investment banking firm.
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*Outstanding common shares on a fully diluted basis consist of our outstanding common shares plus approximately 23 million shares primarily from vested restricted stock units ("RSUs") and the target number of RSUs issuable under our senior executive compensation plans (fully diluted shares exclude preferred shares as they are antidilutive).