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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 13, 2018
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Section 8 Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On February 14, 2018, Lear Corporation (the Company) announced that on February 13, 2018, its Board of Directors approved the declaration of a $0.70 per share quarterly cash dividend on the Companys common stock and authorized an increase in the Companys share repurchase authorization to $1.5 billion and extended the authorization until December 31, 2020.
Additionally, on February 14, 2018, the Company announced that its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders will be held at the Companys Corporate Headquarters at 21557 Telegraph Road, Southfield, Michigan 48033, on May 17, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The record date for determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the 2018 annual meeting of stockholders is March 22, 2018.
A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Section 9 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release issued February 14, 2018|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
|Date: February 14, 2018||By:||/s/ Jeffrey H. Vanneste|
|Name:||Jeffrey H. Vanneste|
|Title:||Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lear Contacts :
Lear Increases Share Repurchase Authorization to $1.5 Billion
and Raises Quarterly Cash Dividend by 40%
from $0.50 to $0.70 Per Share
SOUTHFIELD, Michigan, February 14, 2018 Lear Corporation [NYSE: LEA], a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase in the Companys share repurchase authorization to $1.5 billion and extended the authorization period until December 31, 2020. In addition, the Board raised the quarterly cash dividend on the Companys common stock by 40% from $0.50 per share to $0.70 per share. The next dividend is payable on March 26, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 7, 2018.
The Companys record financial performance, balance sheet strength and very favorable outlook are allowing us to significantly increase our dividend and continue our proven track record of returning capital to our shareholders, said Matt Simoncini, Lear President and Chief Executive Officer. For some time now, we have made significant investments in our business which have given Lear unique product capabilities and an industry-leading cost structure. Today we are in the strongest competitive position in our 100-year history. Over the last five years, we have returned record levels of cash to our shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases. Lears total return to shareholders during this period was 300%, better than any of our peers and three times the return for the S&P 500.
Lears Board of Directors fully supports the Companys balanced strategy of investing in the business and consistently returning cash to shareholders, while maintaining a strong and flexible balance sheet. The shareholder actions announced today are consistent with this strategy and demonstrate the confidence Lears Board has in the Companys outlook, said Henry D. G. Wallace, Lears Non-Executive Chairman.
At the end of 2017, Lear had $546 million remaining on its share repurchase authorization. Including todays action, Lears total available share repurchase authorization is now $1.5 billion. Since the Company began its share repurchase and dividend programs in 2011, Lear has returned approximately $4 billion to shareholders, including the repurchase of 42% of the Companys shares outstanding at the commencement of our share repurchase program.
Lear may implement share repurchases under its share repurchase authorization utilizing a variety of methods including open market purchases, accelerated share repurchase programs, privately negotiated transactions and structured repurchase transactions. Share repurchases are subject to the Companys alternative uses of capital and prevailing financial, market and industry conditions.
Lears 2018 Annual Stockholders Meeting will be held on May 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, at the Companys corporate headquarters, 21557 Telegraph Road, Southfield, Michigan 48033. The record date for determining eligibility to vote at the 2018 Annual Meeting is March 22, 2018.
About Lear Corporation
Lear Corporation was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products. Today, Lear is one of the worlds leading suppliers of automotive seating and electrical systems (E-Systems). Lear serves every major automaker in the world, and Lear content can be found on more than 400 vehicle nameplates. Lears world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of approximately 165,000 employees at 257 locations in 39 countries. Lear currently ranks #151 on the Fortune 500. Lears headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan. Further information about Lear is available at lear.com or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding anticipated financial results and liquidity. The words will, may, designed to, outlook, believes, should, anticipates, plans, expects, intends, estimates, forecasts and similar expressions identify certain of these forward-looking statements. The Company also may provide forward-looking statements in oral statements or other written materials released to the public. All statements contained or incorporated in this press release or in any other public statements that address operating performance, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are discussed in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Future operating results will be based on many factors, including actual industry production volumes, commodity prices and the Companys success in implementing its operating strategy.
Information in this press release relies on assumptions in the Companys sales backlog. The Companys sales backlog reflects anticipated net sales from formally awarded new programs less lost and discontinued programs. The calculation of the sales backlog does not reflect customer price reductions on existing or newly awarded programs. The sales backlog may be impacted by various assumptions embedded in the calculation, including vehicle production levels on new programs, foreign exchange rates and the timing of major program launches.
The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update, amend or clarify them to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.
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