Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today announced that the board of directors of Lincoln National Corporation has authorized an increase to the company’s securities repurchase authorization, bringing the total aggregate authorization to $1.5 billion.
This authorization provides additional capacity to execute our previously communicated plans for incremental and ongoing share repurchases as well as debt paydown, which management discussed on the call related to the reinsurance transaction with Resolution Life held on September 17, 2021 and on the company’s third quarter earnings call held on Thursday, November 4, 2021.
The repurchase authorization does not have an expiration date. The amount and timing of share repurchases depends on key capital ratios, rating agency expectations, the generation of free cash flow and an evaluation of the costs and benefits associated with alternative uses of capital. Our stock repurchases may be effected from time to time through open market purchases or in privately negotiated transactions and may be made pursuant to an accelerated share repurchase agreement or plans designed to comply with Rule 10b5-1(c) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The purchase program may be suspended, modified or terminated at any time.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, and guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $322 billion in end-of-period account values as of September 30, 2021. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, we earned perfect 100 percent scores on the Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index, and rank among Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.
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