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Landstar (LSTR) Board Boosts Buyback Program by 1.8M Shares

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Landstar System, Inc. LSTR recently announced that its board bolstered the current share buyback program by an additional purchase of 1.8 million shares. Following this stepped-up repurchase plan, the company is now authorized to purchase a total of 3 million shares including 1.2 million currently under its authorization.

Simultaneously, the board approved a special one-time cash dividend of $2 per share. The amount is payable Jan 24, 2020 to its shareholders of record as of Jan 10.

With minimal debt and low capital expenditures, Landstar’s measures to reward its shareholders are quite encouraging. In July, the company hiked its quarterly dividend by 12% to 18.5 cents per share (74 cents annually). Notably, the company raised its dividend twice last year. In the first nine months of 2019, Landstar distributed profits worth $109.16 million among its shareholders through dividends ($20.58 million) and buybacks ($88.57 million).

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Despite struggling with declining top line due to the soft freight conditions, the company’s latest move to add shareholder value is commendable.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Landstar carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader Transportation sector are GATX Corporation GATX, Kansas City Southern KSU and Allegiant Travel Company ALGT. While Allegiant sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Kansas City Southern and GATX carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Shares of GATX, Kansas City Southern and Allegiant have rallied more than 15%, 58% and 71%, respectively, so far this year.

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