AOL Inc. announced a $600 million accelerated stock buyback agreement and a special cash dividend of $5.15 a share, the final steps in returning about $1.1 billion to shareholders.
The Internet company will purchase $600 million worth of common stock under an agreement with Barclays Plc, according to a statement Monday. The one-time dividend will be payable Dec. 14, New York-based AOL said.
This month shares of AOL, owner of the Huffington Post and TechCrunch websites, rose to the highest value since it was spun out of Time Warner Inc. in 2009, after an increase in advertising revenue and a one-time gain on a patent sale helped the company return to a profit in the second quarter.
The company also adopted a tax asset protection plan as a deterrent to any individual or fund acquiring more than 4.9 percent of its shares outstanding without approval of the board. AOL said it wants to protect potential benefits that might be curbed if control of the company changed.
The shares rose 2.3 percent to $33.67 at 10:09 a.m. New York time. AOL's stock price has more than doubled this year.
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