PURCHASE, N.Y., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PepsiCo announced today that its Board of Directors approved a plan to increase cash returns to shareholders by raising the company's annual dividend and its share repurchase authorization amount.
PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said: "From 2005 through 2009, we distributed over $26 billion to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. The Board's action reflects continued confidence in the growth of our business and our commitment to providing strong cash returns to our shareholders."
The Board of Directors of PepsiCo approved a 7 percent increase in the annual dividend on PepsiCo common stock, from the current annual rate of $1.80 to $1.92 per share, its 38th consecutive increase. The increase will take effect when the Board declares the next quarterly common stock dividend, which is currently expected to be paid on June 30, 2010 to shareholders of record on June 4, 2010.
The Board of Directors also authorized the repurchase of up to $15 billion of PepsiCo common stock through June 2013.
As previously stated, PepsiCo made a $600 million voluntary pension contribution earlier this year and anticipates repurchasing approximately $4.4 billion of common stock in 2010. A portion of that amount will be executed under a previous repurchase authorization from 2007. That authorization had $6.4 billion remaining at the start of the year and expires in June 2010.
PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade - also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. In recognition of its continued sustainability efforts, PepsiCo was named for the third time to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and for the fourth time to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) in 2009. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.
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