Ball Announces $300 Million Accelerated Stock Repurchase
WESTMINSTER, Colo., May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), announced today an agreement to repurchase approximately $300 million of its outstanding common stock in a privately negotiated, accelerated stock repurchase transaction with Mizuho Markets Americas LLC, using cash on hand and available borrowings.
Subject to certain conditions, the transaction will commence today and reduce Ball's outstanding common stock by a total of approximately 4.3 million shares. Following the completion of today's transaction, approximately 21 million shares remain available for repurchase under the company's existing authorization.
"This share buyback, which is part of our previously announced planned purchases for the year, is consistent with our balanced capital deployment strategy that includes returning value to shareholders in the form of share buybacks and dividends and investing in EVA-generating growth projects," said Scott C. Morrison, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
The shares are subject to a market price adjustment provision at the conclusion of the accelerated stock repurchase transaction, which may require a settlement to be made by Ball, or to Ball, based generally on the volume weighted average trading price of the company's shares over an agreed upon period of time.
In addition, the company announced on April 27, 2022, that the company's stock ticker will change from BLL to BALL effective tomorrow, May 10, 2022.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 24,300 people worldwide and reported 2021 net sales of $13.8 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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