TDS Announces $250M Share Repurchase Authorization
Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE: TDS) today announced that its board of directors has authorized a $250 million share repurchase program.
"TDS has always taken a balanced approach to capital allocation," said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., president and CEO. "As we work to build shareholder value over the long term, we believe it is critical to invest in faster-growing, adjacent sectors with the potential for higher returns to strengthen our overall financial performance. At the same time, we want to return value to shareholders over time by using a portion of our available cash for regular cash dividends and share repurchases, as valuations warrant.
"We believe we have found attractive opportunities to strengthen our company through the addition of cable/broadband and hosted and managed services companies. We also believe that TDS shares offer a compelling value at current prices.
"Therefore, as we execute our cable/broadband and hosted and managed services strategies over the next several years," added Carlson, "we expect to allocate approximately three-fourths of our available resources to acquisitions, and one-fourth to cash dividends and share repurchases. This allocation is subject to our ability to identify suitable acquisitions on economic terms."
The authorization has no expiration date.
About TDS Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 10,700 people as of June 30, 2013.
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