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Report: Share Buybacks, Dividends on the Rise

12:10 PM MDT | March 22, 2012 | Vincent Valk

Chemical companies, awash in cash, have begun returning more of it to shareholders, according to a report by Jefferies & Company (New York), an investment bank. In 2011, chemical companies returned over 60% of cash flow from operations (CFO) to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks, the highest level since 2007.   Over the past decade, the sector has returned $191.5 billion to shareholders via dividends and buybacks, some 44% of total CFO during that time, according to Jefferies. That figure is “almost exactly split between...

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