2:03 a.m. March 11, 2021
- By Ciara Linnane
Johnson Controls raises share buyback program by $4 billion, boosts annual dividend to $1.08 a shareJohnson Controls International Plc said Thursday it is raising its share buyback program by $4 billion and increasing its annual dividend to $1.08 a share from $1.04 previously. The new dividend will rise with the fiscal second-quarter dividend payment of 27 cents a share, payable April 16 to shareholders of record as of March 22. The additional share buyback authorization adds to the existing $2 billion remaining as of end of the fiscal first quarter, under a program approved in 2019. Shares rose 0.8% premarket and have gained 71% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 5400 has gained 42%.
2:28 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021
- By Tomi Kilgore
Johnson Controls to take $240 million in charges, lifts profit outlook as a result of cost-cutting actionsJohnson Controls International PLC said Wednesday it will take a $240 million charge, most of which will be recorded in 2021, as a result of cost-cutting actions aimed at generating annual savings of $300 million by the end of fiscal 2023. The building products and transportation systems company said the cash impact of the cost-cutting actions is expected to be $200 million. As a result of the cost cuts, the company raised its fiscal 2021 adjusted earnings-per-share guidance range to $2.50 to $2.60 from $2.45 to $2.55; the FactSet consensus is $2.53. "After four years of significant integration and transformation-related activities, today's announcement builds upon the success of those actions and represents a critical step forward in further enhancing profitability at Johnson Controls," said Chief Executive George Oliver. The stock, which was still inactive in premarket trading, has rallied 18.5% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 9.0%.