ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE:NWL) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved an extension and expansion to the Company's on-going share repurchase program. Under the updated plan, effective immediately, Newell Rubbermaid is authorized to repurchase up to $500 million of its outstanding shares through the end of 2017. This $500 million is in addition to the approximately $37 million remaining to be repurchased under its previous $300 million share repurchase program as authorized in February 2014.
Michael Polk, president and chief executive officer of Newell Rubbermaid, stated, "We're very pleased with the Board's decision to approve the expansion of our existing stock repurchase program, as a demonstration of its ongoing confidence in the company's Growth Game Plan and long term growth outlook. Our strong balance sheet and robust free cash flow enable our commitment to return capital to shareholders while simultaneously making value-enhancing investments in the business for growth acceleration and margin development."
Under the program, the company's common shares may be purchased through a combination of a 10b5-1 automatic trading plan and discretionary purchases on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The amount and timing of any purchases will depend on a number of factors, including trading price, trading volume and general market conditions.
About Newell Rubbermaid
Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with 2013 sales of $5.7 billion and a strong portfolio of leading brands, including Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Parker®, Waterman®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, Levolor®, Calphalon®, Goody®, Graco®, Aprica® and Dymo®. As part of the company's Growth Game Plan, Newell Rubbermaid is making sharper portfolio choices and investing in new marketing and innovation to accelerate performance.
This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid are available on the company's Web site, www.newellrubbermaid.com.
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