As part of its second quarter earnings report, CI Financial announced a share buyback of up to $1 billion.
The wealth management firm reported net income of $159.9 million for Q2 2018, up 1% from $159 million in the previous quarter.
Earnings per share for Q2 were $0.61, up from $0.59 in Q1.
CI announced a new capital allocation strategy “that will allow CI to deploy its free cash flow to pursue the best available growth opportunities as market and industry conditions change,” said a release.
This strategy includes repurchasing up to $1 billion in shares over the new 12 to 18 months.
“CI has consistently returned substantially all its free cash flow to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and dividends. This is not changing,” CEO Peter W. Anderson said in a note to shareholders.
CI also announced a new annual dividend rate of $0.72 per share as part of the strategy. The dividend will be paid quarterly for the next six quarters, the release said. The first quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share will be paid on Oct. 15.
CI also reported average assets under management of $139.5 billion for the second quarter, up 14% from the same quarter in 2017 but down 2% from $141.9 billion in Q1 of this year. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to strong market performance over the past 12 months and the acquisition of Sentry Investments Corp. last October, the release said.