XL Group plc (“XL” or the “Company”) (NYSE: XL) announced today that the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) approved a new share buyback program, authorizing the Company to buy back up to $1 billion of its ordinary shares. The previous share buyback program, which had approximately $97.6 million remaining, was canceled.
The Company expects the purchases to be made from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, and that such purchases are expected to be funded from cash on hand. The timing, form and amount of the share buybacks under the program will depend on a variety of factors, including market conditions, legal requirements and other factors. The buyback program may be modified, extended or terminated by the Board at any time. All share buybacks will be carried out by way of redemption in accordance with Irish law and the Company's constitutional documents. All shares so redeemed will be canceled upon redemption.
In addition, the
Company announced today that the Board declared a quarterly dividend on August
5, 2015 of $0.20 per ordinary share payable on the Company’s ordinary shares.
This action increases the quarterly dividend to $0.20 per ordinary share from
$0.16 per ordinary share. The dividend will be payable on September 30, 2015 to
ordinary shareholders of record as of September 15, 2015.
The Company also announced today that the board of directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary, XLIT Ltd., resolved on August 5, 2015 to pay (a) a dividend of $8.7106 per share on XLIT Ltd.’s Series D Preference Ordinary Shares, which dividend will be paid on October 15, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of October 1, 2015, and (b) a dividend of $32.50 per share on XLIT Ltd.’s Series E Preference Ordinary Shares, which dividend will be paid on October 15, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of October 1, 2015.
About XL Group plc
XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), through its subsidiaries and under the XL Catlin brand, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit www.xlcatlin.com
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