Rio Tinto has committed an additional $2.5 billion to its ongoing share buy-back programme, returning the proceeds of the sale of Coal & Allied to its shareholders.
The capital return programme will be executed through a combination of an off-market buy-back tender, targeting A$700 million (approximately $560 million) of Rio Tinto Limited shares.
The balance of approximately $1.9 billion of additional funds will be allocated to Rio Tinto’s existing on-market purchases of Rio Tinto plc shares..
Rio Tinto’s share buy-backs for 2017 has reached $4 billion, including $2.5 billion in September and the $500 million and $1 billion on-market share buy-back programmes of Rio Tinto plc shares, announced on in February and August.
“Returning the $2.5 billion proceeds from our Coal & Allied divestment shows our continued commitment to delivering superior value and returning cash to our shareholders.
This year we have announced cash returns to shareholders of $8.2 billion, comprising $4.2 billion of dividends and $4 billion of share buy-backs,” said Rio Tinto Chief Executive Office Jean-Sébastien Jacques said.
Jacques said shareholder returns of this scale are made possible by maintaining the strongest balance sheet in the sector and a disciplined capital allocation process.