SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, announced today that its board of directors has authorized an increase in its share repurchase program by an additional $1.5 billion. Any repurchases by the company will be made in accordance with applicable securities laws in the open market or in private transactions. The repurchase program is subject to business and market conditions, and may be commenced, suspended or discontinued at any time or from time to time without prior notice.
The board also approved a recommendation to increase the company's quarterly dividend from $0.44 to $0.46 per share for the four fiscal quarters starting in April 2019, the beginning of the third fiscal quarter. The recommendation would raise the company's dividend from the annual rate of $1.76 per share to $1.84 per share, and will be presented for shareholder approval at the company's annual general meeting of shareholders on March 13, 2019. The recommendation represents the ninth consecutive year of increases to the company's annual dividend rate.
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TE Connectivity Ltd. is a $14 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.
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