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Dividend increase is the latest sign of change at Microsoft

Microsoft is boosting its quarterly dividend to twenty-eight cents a share, a 5 cent increase — barely greater than Wall Road analysts had been anticipating. The corporate additionally says its board has approved one other $40 billion in share repurchases, changing a earlier repurchase program that was set to run out.

“These actions replicate a continued dedication to returning money to our shareholders,” stated Amy Hood, Microsoft chief monetary officer, in a press release.

The increase, announced this morning, is the latest change at the firm because it comes beneath elevated strain to spice up worth for shareholders. The transfer comes after Steve Ballmer introduced plans to retire as CEO, the firm reached a $7.2 billion deal for Nokia’s gadgets enterprise, and Microsoft’s board agreed to provide a seat to activist investor ValueAct Capital.

“We view this as an additional indication that issues are altering at Microsoft with respect to company governance that we consider may gain advantage shareholders over the subsequent 6–12 months,” says analyst Rick Sherlund of Nomura Fairness Rsearch in a observe to shoppers this morning. “The brand new CEO search may end in a tighter concentrate on its strains of enterprise (we have now urged search and Xbox lose cash and should not important, however Home windows, Workplace and Server and Instruments belong collectively simply as hamburgers, fries and rooster nuggets are complementary and all make sense in Worth Meals at McDonalds).”

The announcement comes upfront of Microsoft’s assembly with monetary analysts Thursday afternoon in Redmond.


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