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Imperial (IMO) to Repurchase Up to 5% of Outstanding Shares

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Imperial Oil (IMO - Free Report) , the Calgary-headquartered Canadian oil major, recently declared its intention to buy back as much as 5% of its outstanding common shares in a year.

The company stated that it has received the final acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange for a normal-course issuer bid to repurchase up to 5% of common shares as of Jun 15, 2022. As a result, IMO will buy back approximately 31.8 million shares.

Imperial further mentioned that the maximum would be reduced by the number of shares purchased from the majority shareholder — Exxon Mobil — to maintain its proportionate share ownership at 69.6%.

The buyback, which indicates IMO’s priority and capacity to return cash to shareholders, is aligned with the firm’s balance sheet strength, low capital requirements and strong cash generation.

Founded in 1880, Imperial Oil Limited is one of the largest integrated oil companies of Canada, mainly engaged in oil and gas production, petroleum products refining and marketing and chemical business.  

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