Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - (continued)
(Amounts in Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)
Acquisitions – We paid cash of $21.7, net of cash acquired of $6.4, for acquisitions completed in the first nine months of 2017. We also paid $0.9 in up-front payments and $86.6 in deferred payments for prior acquisitions as well as ownership increases in our consolidated subsidiaries. In addition to potential cash expenditures for new acquisitions, we expect to pay approximately $54.0 over the next twelve months related to prior acquisitions. We may also be required to pay approximately $32.0 related to put options held by minority shareholders if exercised over the next twelve months. We will continue to evaluate strategic opportunities to grow and continue to strengthen our market position, particularly in our digital and marketing services offerings, and to expand our presence in high-growth and key strategic world markets.
Dividends – In the first nine months of 2017, we paid three quarterly cash dividends of $0.18 per share on our common stock, which corresponded to an aggregate dividend payment of $211.2. Assuming we continue to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share, and there is no significant change in the number of outstanding shares as of September 30, 2017, we would expect to pay approximately $280.0 over the next twelve months.
Share Repurchase Program
In February 2017, our Board of Directors (the "Board") authorized a new share repurchase program to repurchase from time to time up to $300.0, excluding fees, of our common stock ("the 2017 Share Repurchase Program"), which was in addition to the remaining amount available to be repurchased from the $300.0 authorization made by the Board in February 2016 ("the 2016 Share Repurchase Program"). We fully utilized the 2016 Share Repurchase Program during the third quarter of 2017. As of September 30, 2017, $239.5, excluding fees, remains available for repurchase under the 2017 Share Repurchase Program. The 2017 Share Repurchase Program has no expiration date.
We may effect such repurchases through open market purchases, trading plans established in accordance with SEC rules, derivative transactions or other means. We expect to continue to repurchase our common stock in future periods, although the timing and amount of the repurchases will depend on market conditions and other funding requirements.
FINANCING AND SOURCES OF FUNDS
Substantially all of our operating cash flow is generated by our agencies. Our cash balances are held in numerous jurisdictions throughout the world, including at the holding company level. Below is a summary of our sources of liquidity.
We maintain a committed corporate credit facility, which has been amended and restated from time to time (the "Credit Agreement"). The Credit Agreement is a revolving facility, under which amounts borrowed by us or any of our subsidiaries designated under the Credit Agreement may be repaid and reborrowed, subject to an aggregate lending limit. On October 25, 2017, we amended and restated the Credit Agreement, increasing the revolving commitments under the Credit Agreement from $1,000.0 to $1,500.0, or the equivalent in other specified currencies, and extending the Credit Agreement's expiration to October 25, 2022. See Note 14 to the unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for further information.
We use our Credit Agreement to increase our financial flexibility, to provide letters of credit primarily to support obligations of our subsidiaries and to support our commercial paper program. The Company has the ability to increase the commitments under the Credit Agreement from time to time by an additional amount of up to $250.0, provided the Company receives commitments for such increases and satisfies certain other conditions. The aggregate available amount of letters of credit outstanding may decrease or increase, subject to a sublimit on letters of credit of $200.0, or the equivalent in other specified currencies. Our obligations under the Credit Agreement are unsecured. As of September 30, 2017, there were no borrowings under the Credit Agreement; however, we had $8.4 of letters of credit under the Credit Agreement which reduced our total availability to $991.6.
We were in compliance with all of our covenants in the Credit Agreement as of September 30, 2017. The financial covenants in the Credit Agreement require that we maintain, as of the end of each fiscal quarter, certain financial measures for the four quarters then ended.