TEGNA Inc. Announces $300 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Agreement and Increases Regular Quarterly Dividend by 20% Following Termination of Merger Agreement with Standard General
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TYSONS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2023--
Beyond these actions, TEGNA’s Board of Directors and management team are also actively reviewing the return of additional excess capital that accumulated during the pending merger.
ACCELERATED SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM
The TEGNA Board has approved a 20 percent increase to the Company’s regular quarterly dividend from 9.5 to
Lougee added, “TEGNA’s standalone financial position and outlook are a direct result of our great team, our impactful local content, our predictable cash flows, and our strong balance sheet with the lowest leverage levels since
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