LOS ANGELES — May 3, 2011 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced that it has entered into a $1 billion accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co.
“This transaction will immediately reduce outstanding shares by approximately five percent and demonstrates our continued commitment to value creation through effective cash deployment. Upon completion of the repurchase agreement, the remaining balance of our outstanding share repurchase authorization is expected to be approximately $3 billion,” said Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president.
Under the ASR agreement, yesterday the company repurchased 15,583,606 shares of Northrop Grumman common stock from Goldman Sachs at a price per share of $64.17. Goldman Sachs plans to purchase an equivalent number of shares in the open market, and Northrop Grumman may receive, or be required to remit, a price adjustment based upon a volume weighted average price of Northrop Grumman common shares. As of March 31, 2011, Northrop Grumman had 292.6 million shares outstanding.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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