Timken Raises Dividend by 15 Percent; Approves Increased Stock Buyback Authorization Plan
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) board of directors today declared a quarterly cash dividend of 23 cents per share, an increase of 15 percent over the previous quarterly amount. This marks the 359th consecutive dividend on the common stock of the company, payable on Mar. 2, 2012, to shareholders of record as of Feb. 21, 2012.
At the same time, the board approved a new stock buyback authorization for up to 10 million shares of Timken common stock. This replaces the company's existing share purchase plan, which had 2 million shares remaining and was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Under the new plan, the company may purchase its own common shares in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions through Dec. 31, 2015.
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