Microsoft Shows Financial Muscle

Forbes: "With investors fleeing from the corporate bond market, this seems an odd time for Microsoft to be borrowing money, but the software maker is planning to do just that, taking advantage of its status as one of the tech sector's bluest blue chips.

On Monday the software company authorized debt financings of up to $6.0 billion, while it also announced it was returning capital to shareholders via a $40.0 billion stock buyback and an 18.2% increase in its quarterly dividend, to 13 cents a share.

The company also stated that it has completed its previous $40.0 billion stock repurchase program. Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) said it has returned more than $115.0 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends over the last five years.

Microsoft bucked the downward trend on Wall Street Monday, rising 47 cents, or 1.9%, to $25.62. At that price, it has a market value of $233.2 billion, so the buyback accounts for 17.2% of its capitalization. At its price, the new dividend provides a yield of 2.0%."

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XXXCouture4072d ago

Hmmm very interesting...


c'mon, why do gamers need to know this unless they got stocks there? it's just to make fanboys happy

DA_SHREDDER4072d ago

Sony is worth more then Microsoft. Just check out wiki if your really interest.

CNIVEK4072d ago

That's a market cap differential of nearly $200 BILLION, son.

Sony has too much Yen tied up in R&D, factories, and other inequitable investments. Their net worth is laughable, compared to MS's. MS makes BILLIONS off of software licensing and royalties....a lot of it coming from SONY'S pockets. :D

Go back to bed, and keep dreaming. :o

Odion4072d ago

lol your retarded if you think Sony even comes close to MS in size

NewSchoolGamer4072d ago (Edited 4072d ago )

I'm guessing you totally suck at math kid.

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