Board of Directors approves increase in quarterly cash dividend to $0.36 per share and authorizes new $10 billion share repurchase program
The board of directors of Pfizer Inc. today declared a 36-cent first-quarter 2019 dividend on the company’s common stock, payable March 1, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 1, 2019. Pfizer increased the dividend by approximately 6 percent, to 36 cents from 34 cents per share. The first-quarter 2019 cash dividend will be the 321st consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Pfizer.
Keeping with past practice, the board of directors also authorized a new $10 billion share repurchase program to be utilized over time. This new program is in addition to the $4.9 billion remaining under the company’s current authorization.
“We are confident in the business and focused on maximizing total shareholder return, of which the dividend remains a key component,” stated Ian Read, Pfizer chairman and chief executive officer.
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of December 14, 2018. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments.
This release contains forward-looking information about the Company’s share repurchase program, business and total shareholder return that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development; the uncertainties inherent in business and financial planning, including, without limitation, risks related to Pfizer’s business and prospects, adverse developments in Pfizer’s markets, or adverse developments in the U.S. or global capital markets, credit markets, regulatory environment or economies generally; and competitive developments.
A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Pfizer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and in its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q, including in the sections thereof captioned “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Information and Factors That May Affect Future Results,” as well as in its subsequent reports on Form 8-K, all of which are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and www.pfizer.com.