SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSNC), a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, has announced that as part of the Company’s long-term strategy to maximize stockholder value, its board of directors has adopted a dividend policy under which it intends to declare quarterly cash dividends on shares of its common stock and class A common stock, in the amount of $0.125 per share. The Company also announced the first quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share will be paid on December 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 1, 2014.
The Company will review the dividend policy regularly and any future dividends will be at the discretion of the board of directors after taking into account the Company’s cash flow, earnings, financial position and other relevant matters.
SS&C also announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of the Company's common stock from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.
The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by the Company's management based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. Repurchases may also be made under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit shares to be repurchased when the Company might otherwise be precluded from doing so under insider trading laws. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. Any repurchased shares will be available for use in connection with SS&C’s stock plans and for other corporate purposes.
“The board of directors has decided to return a portion of our cash flow to our shareholders in the form of cash dividends. This action is being taken in light of our strong balance sheet and the powerful cash generating aspects of our business model,” said Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SS&C Technologies. “The board also authorized a $200 million stock repurchase program. Together, these actions demonstrate the confidence the board has in our current and future prospects. We continue to be very interested in acquiring complementary businesses and we believe we have sufficient financial capacity to be a consolidator in both the financial technology and fund administration sectors.”