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ABB Completes Share Buyback Program, to Start Another in April

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ABB Ltd. ABB recently announced the completion of the initial share repurchase program which was introduced in July 2020. ABB had repurchased 128,620,589 shares for a total value of roughly $3.5 billion over the last eight months.

Also, the company’s board of directors declared a new share repurchase program, which is likely to be introduced next month. This buyback program, which is expected to remain operational till the company’s 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM), will be for an aggregate amount of up to $4.3 billion. It’s worth noting that under this latest repurchase program, the shares will be traded on a second line on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Notably, both these repurchase programs are in sync with the company’s strategy of rewarding shareholders with cash proceeds of $7.8 billion from the sale of its Power Grids business (divested in July 2020).

As communicated by ABB, its shareholders have also given the approval for cancelling 115 million shares, bought under its initial share repurchase program. Further, per its employee share plans, the company aims to buy a maximum of 35 million shares till the 2022 AGM.

Sound Capital Allocation Strategies

ABB follows sound capital-allocation strategies, aiming to improve values for shareholders. The company acquires lucrative businesses, buys back shares and provides attractive dividends to shareholders.

It’s worth mentioning here that in April 2020, the company paid out dividends worth $1,758 million to shareholders.

Zacks Rank, Price Performance and Estimate Trend

ABB, with a $62.6-billion market capitalization, currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company stands to benefit from its state-of-the-art digital offering — ABB Ability — technological expertise and strong market presence in the long run. Moreover, organic growth investments and diligent cost-cutting initiatives are likely to improve its competency over time.

In the past three months, the stock has rallied 11.5% compared with the industry’s growth of 8.8%.

In the past 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its earnings has been raised 3.4% to $1.23 for 2021 and the same for 2022 has remained stable at $1.49.

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Some other top-ranked stocks from the same space are Emerson Electric Co. EMR, II-VI Incorporated IIVI and Regal Beloit Corporation RBC, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Emerson delivered a trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 21.53%, on average.

II-VI delivered a positive earnings surprise of 83.68%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.

Regal Beloit delivered a trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 31.56%, on average.

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