Bristol-Myers Squibb increased its quarterly dividend and added $15 billion to its buyback program.
The pharmaceutical company’s third quarter earnings came in at $2 per share.
It boosted its dividend by 10.2%, to 54 cents per share, while taking its total share buyback program to $15.2 billion.
The company now expects its fiscal 2022 dividend to rise to $2.16 per share, which would be the thirteenth consecutive year of annual increases.
“With significant free cash flow of $45 billion to $50 billion expected between 2021 and 2023, investment in business development continues to be a key priority for the company in driving innovation and sustained growth as we return capital to shareholders through the dividend increase and expanded share repurchase authorization,' said CEO Giovanni Caforio. "We remain committed to maintaining a strong investment grade credit rating and reducing our debt.”