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|Interpublic Increases Common Stock Dividend by 26% and Announces New $300 Million Share Repurchase Program|
New York, NY - February 13, 2015 - Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend on IPG common stock of $0.12 per share, payable on March 16, 2015 to holders of record at the close of business on March 2, 2015. The increase in the dividend from $0.095 to $0.12 per share represents a 26% increase in the Company's quarterly dividend.
Additionally, the company's Board of Directors authorized a new program to repurchase, from time to time, up to $300 million of IPG common stock. The authorization under the new program is in addition to any amounts remaining for repurchase under the program announced in 2014. Repurchases under the new program may be effected through open market purchases, trading plans established in accordance with SEC rules, derivative transactions, or other means. The timing and amount of repurchases under the authorization will depend on market conditions and the company's other funding requirements. The share repurchase program has no expiration date.
Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic Group commented, "The authorization of a 26% increase in the dividend and a new $300 million share repurchase program demonstrates our company's ongoing commitment to returning capital to shareholders while continuing to invest in our business to support growth. It further signals our Board's confidence in our business outlook."
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Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include BPN, Craft, FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding), FutureBrand, Golin, Huge, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe and Partners, MAGNA GLOBAL, McCann, Momentum, MRM//McCann, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Avrett Free Ginsberg, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, ID Media, Mullen and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit www.interpublic.com.
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