Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) announced that its Board of Directors approved a new four-year, $12 billion program to repurchase shares of NIKE’s Class B Common Stock. The Company anticipates that the current $8 billion share repurchase program will be completed before the end of fiscal 2016, and the new program will commence upon the completion of the current program.*
Repurchases under the Company’s new program will be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-18, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements, and other relevant factors. This share repurchase plan does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and it may be suspended at any time at the Company’s discretion. NIKE had approximately 678 million shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding as of November 16, 2015.
“In a growing sports industry, NIKE is the clear leader,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “We are built for growth, while also staying committed to creating shareholder value over the long term. We’ve proven it time and again, having returned over $23 billion to shareholders over the last 14 years through share repurchases and dividends. Moving forward, we see even greater potential for NIKE as we continue to unlock new markets, new experiences and new products.”*
The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s outstanding Class A and Class B Common Stock of $0.32 per share, on a pre-split basis, payable onJanuary 4, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 9, 2015. The dividend represents a 14 percent increase over the previous pre-split quarterly rate of $0.28per share. This is the fourteenth year in a row the Company has increased its annual dividend, over which time the dividend has increased by a factor of more than 10.
The Board of Directors also approved a two-for-one split of both NIKE’s Class A and Class B Common shares. The stock split will be in the form of a 100 percent stock dividend payable onDecember 23, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business December 9, 2015.
Upon completion of the split, the outstanding shares of NIKE’s Class A and Class B Common Stock will increase to approximately 353 million and 1.36 billion, respectively, based on the outstanding shares as of November 16, 2015. The Company expects its common stock to begin trading at the split-adjusted price on December 24, 2015. (Original Source)
Shares of Nike are up 3.72% to $130.48 in after-hours trading. NKE has a 1-year high of $133.52 and a 1-year low of $90.69. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $128.04 and its 200-day moving average is $113.96.
On the ratings front, Nike has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on November 2, Telsey Advisory Group analyst Kelly Chen reiterated a Buy rating on NKE, with a price target of $142, which implies an upside of 12.5% from current levels. Separately, on October 30, Deutsche Bank’s Paul Trussell reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $140.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Kelly Chen and Paul Trussell have a total average return of -4.7% and 1.3% respectively. Chen has a success rate of 37.5% and is ranked #3210 out of 3855 analysts, while Trussell has a success rate of 46.5% and is ranked #1711.
The street is mostly Bullish on NKE stock. Out of 21 analysts who cover the stock, 19 suggest a Buy rating and 2 recommend to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $139.55, which represents a potential upside of 10.5% from where the stock is currently trading.