The Corporate Executive Board Company (“CEB” or “the Company”) (NYSE: EXBD) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new $50 million stock repurchase program, which is authorized through Dec. 31, 2012. During the third quarter of 2011, CEB also utilized the remaining amount available under its previous stock repurchase plan, which was approximately $18.3 million as of June 30, 2011.
“The Board’s decision to implement a new share repurchase program reflects confidence in our growth opportunities and in our ability to generate strong cash flows,” said Thomas Monahan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our priorities for capital allocation remain unchanged: maintain a strong financial position, preserve flexibility for strategic investments, and intelligently distribute cash to shareholders – primarily through our dividend. This new share repurchase program supplements this strategy by allowing us to opportunistically offset historical and future dilution from employee equity compensation programs.”
Repurchases under the program may be made through open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions. The timing of repurchases and the exact number of shares of common stock to be repurchased will be determined by CEB’s management, in its discretion, and will depend upon market conditions and other factors. The program will be funded using the Company’s cash on hand and cash generated from operations.
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