GM approves new $6B stock buyback on strong demand for gas-powered vehicles

Fresh repurchase authorization is GM's latest move to return cash back to shareholders

General Motors on Tuesday said its board approved a fresh repurchase authorization to buy back up to $6 billion worth of the automaker's common stock, a month after beating Wall Street estimates in the first quarter on strong demand for gas-powered vehicles.

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GM on Tuesday announced another stock buyback of up to $6 billion in shares. (Reuters/Rebecca Cook / Reuters Photos)

"We are very focused on the profitability of our ICE [internal combustion engine] business, we're growing and improving the profitability of our EV [electric vehicle] business and deploying our capital efficiently," GM executive vice president and CFO Paul Jacobson said in a statement announcing the move. "This allows us to continue returning cash to shareholders."

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GM previously announced a $10 billion share buyback in November, and on Tuesday said that roughly $1.4 billion in capacity remains under that agreement. In the first quarter, the company repurchased $300 million shares, and plans to buy back the remaining $1.1 billion by the end of the second quarter.

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Chevrolet pickup trucks sit in a parking lot outside the GM Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Indiana, on May 30, 2019. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images / Getty Images)

The Detroit automaker did not give a time frame for the latest buyback but said the move will allow it to "opportunistically repurchase shares" after the completion of the existing plan.

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Shares of the company, which has a market capitalization of nearly $54 billion, were up 1.8% in early trading. They have risen about 50% since GM announced the $10 billion stock buyback in late November.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GM GENERAL MOTORS CO. 49.90 +0.13 +0.26%

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It had raised its dividend by 33% to 12 cents per share in January.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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