The board of directors of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T, news, filings) has authorized the repurchase of up to 300 million shares, representing approximately 6 percent of AT&T common shares outstanding, with no expiration date. This authorization is in addition to three other 300 million share repurchase authorizations approved by the board of directors in December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013. The company completed repurchases under the 2012 share authorization last year.
“The board’s authorization reaffirms our confidence in the strength of the business and our commitment to returning value to our shareholders while investing in our networks and operations,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer.
Under the March 2013 300 million share authorization, AT&T repurchased about 175 million of its shares through March 28, 2014. Since the company began buying back shares in 2012, AT&T has repurchased 775 million of its shares, or approximately 13 percent of shares outstanding.
The company expects to maintain a net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA1 ratio in the 1.8 range or lower. Future repurchase decisions will be made opportunistically.
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1EBITDA is earnings before income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of non-operational or one-time items in order to better represent AT&T’s operational performance. Net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA is expressed as the ratio of adjusted EBITDA to net debt, which is calculated as the sum of current and long-term debt, less cash and cash equivalents. Reconciliations for EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA are provided with AT&T’s quarterly results.
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