Guildford, UK, 22 January 2019 - Linde plc (NYSE: LIN; FWB: LIN) today announced its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program for up to USD 6.0 billion of its ordinary shares.
"Linde plc is committed to investing for future growth, paying a competitive dividend and maintaining an A/A2 credit rating," said Steve Angel, CEO of Linde plc. "And while there continues to be attractive growth opportunities within our investment criteria, the merger of our two strong companies has resulted in surplus cash. Today's announcement of the new USD 6 billion stock repurchase program is an opportunity for us to share this surplus with our owners."
Pursuant to European Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) requirements, this repurchase program must set forth a maximum repurchase amount and an expiration date, which the Board has set at 15% of outstanding shares and 1 February 2021, respectively.
About Linde plc
Linde plc is a leading industrial gases and engineering company with market capitalization of approximately USD 90 billion (EUR 78 billion) and 2017 pro forma sales of USD 27 billion (EUR 24 billion). The company employs approximately 80,000 people globally and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Linde plc delivers innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers and creates long-term value for all stakeholders. The company is making our world more productive by providing products, technologies and services that help customers improve their economic and environmental performance in a connected world.
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