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Case
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Reference no. 294-002-1
Authors: Paul Stonham (ESCP Business School London)
Published in: 1994

Abstract

This case study concerns cash distributions by corporations to their share- holders in the form of repurchases or share buy-backs. They are much more common and familiar in the United States than in the United Kingdom. It is an aspect of corporate finance policy; share repurchase can be used as an alternative to cash distribution by dividend. The present case relates to the 1993 £350 million share repurchase by Reuters, the international news and financial information group, in the UK. The cash distribution was deemed successful; shareholders over-rendered nearly seven times; the share price immediately went higher, and the financial press was approving. The case study examines theoretical and practical aspects of this innovative financial manoevre in the UK.
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Industry:
Size:
GBP866 million capital employed
Other setting(s):
1993

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Abstract

This case study concerns cash distributions by corporations to their share- holders in the form of repurchases or share buy-backs. They are much more common and familiar in the United States than in the United Kingdom. It is an aspect of corporate finance policy; share repurchase can be used as an alternative to cash distribution by dividend. The present case relates to the 1993 £350 million share repurchase by Reuters, the international news and financial information group, in the UK. The cash distribution was deemed successful; shareholders over-rendered nearly seven times; the share price immediately went higher, and the financial press was approving. The case study examines theoretical and practical aspects of this innovative financial manoevre in the UK.

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
GBP866 million capital employed
Other setting(s):
1993

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