- The Board of Directors has announced its intention to increase the dividend to $1.46 per share on an annual basis, at an approximate annual cost of $680 million.
- The Board has authorized up to $500 million in share repurchases. The amount of share repurchases will depend on a number of factors, including changes from expected levels of capital expenditures, business acquisitions, investments and debt repayments.
- "In 2013 we expect to see increased internal revenue growth from yield and volume, as well as the ongoing benefit from our cost savings programs. We are forecasting modest earnings per share growth in 2013 of between 3% and 6%, but strong free cash flow growth of between 33% and 45%. Our projected earnings growth is being impacted by about $120 million of compensation headwinds from accruals that we expect in 2013 assuming target payout of our annual and long-term incentive plans, compared to significantly lower incentive compensation expense in 2012. Without this accrual, our forecasted earnings would be $0.15 per share higher. We do not expect this same headwind in 2014, so based on current conditions and assumptions, we expect to see more normalized earnings growth of 8% to 12% in 2014."
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