CORK, Ireland, March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE: JCI) today announced that the Company's board of directors has approved an additional $8.5 billion share repurchase authorization, subject to the completion of the previously announced sale of the Company's Power Solutions business. The Company has received U.S. and European antitrust approvals relating to the sale and is targeting to close the transaction no later than June 30, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and receipt of all required regulatory approvals.
"Today's announcement reflects our progress towards completing the sale of Power Solutions and our commitment to return capital to our shareholders," said chairman and CEO George Oliver. "When completed, the sale of our Power Solutions business will streamline our portfolio and increase long-term shareholder value by creating a pure-play buildings technology and solutions provider focused on execution and increasing financial flexibility."
In implementing this share repurchase authorization, Johnson Controls may purchase shares in the open market or through a variety of methods as permitted by applicable securities laws and other legal requirements. There is no obligation to repurchase any particular amount of common stock, and the manner, timing and amount of any purchase will be determined subject to an evaluation of the price and availability of the Company's common stock, general market conditions, and other factors. The stock repurchase authorization does not have a set expiration date and may be amended or terminated at any time at the Company's discretion without prior notice.
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Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.
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