PURCHASE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA – News) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program for up to $1.0 billion of its Class A common stock in open market transactions. The share repurchase authorization is effective immediately.
“We’re very pleased with the Board’s approval of this new share repurchase program,” said Ajay Banga, MasterCard’s president and chief executive officer. “This stock repurchase program is the result of a periodic review of our capital structure, and is enabled by MasterCard’s strong and consistent cash flow. It is an important way of returning cash to our shareholders while allowing us the flexibility to pursue our business strategy.”
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MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 22 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial-institution customers and merchants. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network and through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to www.mastercard.com. Follow us on Twitter: @mastercardnews.