The Board of Directors of L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LHX) has approved a 10% increase in the company’s per share quarterly cash dividend rate from 68.5 cents to 75 cents, corresponding to an increase in the annualized rate from $2.74 to $3.00. This represents an increase of 15% for legacy L3 shareholders. The increase is effective third quarter calendar year 2019, and the company expects to further review its annual cash dividend rate in the first quarter of calendar year 2020, as it transitions to calendar year financial reporting.
In addition, the L3Harris Board has approved a new $4 billion share repurchase authorization, and the company expects to repurchase $2.5 billion in shares outstanding over the next twelve months, funded through available cash. This new program replaced Harris’ and L3’s existing share repurchase programs.
“L3Harris expects to return more than $3 billion to shareholders over the next year through dividends and share repurchases, demonstrating our commitment to return cash to shareholders,” said William M. Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This reflects confidence in our newly combined company’s financial outlook and ability to generate robust and growing free cash flow while continuing to invest in developing innovative and affordable solutions for our customers.”
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries. L3Harris.com.
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