Zoetis Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $3.5 billion share repurchase program as part of its capital allocation plans. The shares are expected to be repurchased over a multi-year period, and the program can be cancelled at any time. The Company’s previous $2.0 billion share repurchase program, which was approved in December 2018, is expected to be completed in 2022.
The company also declared a dividend of $0.325 per share for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 30% from the quarterly dividend rate paid in 2021. The dividend will be paid on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, to all holders of record of the Company’s common stock as of the close of business on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
“Our financial performance has remained very strong this year and allows us to continue making meaningful investments in our business while returning capital to our shareholders,” said Wetteny Joseph, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Zoetis. “This new share repurchase program, along with the dividend increase, is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to shareholders as part of our capital allocation priorities.”
A Fortune 500 company, Zoetis generated revenue of $6.7 billion in 2020 with approximately 11,300 employees.