ATLANTA (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. (NYSE: WEN), the third largest quick-service restaurant company in the United States, today announced that its Board of Directors increased the Company's stock repurchase authorization by $50 million to a total of $250 million.
Since the Board of Directors authorized the stock repurchase program in August 2009, the Company has through March 19, 2010, repurchased 30.4 million shares of its common stock for approximately $141 million, at an average price of $4.64 per share. The Company now has approximately $109 million available for stock repurchases under the Board's authorization.
"We have completed $141 million in stock repurchases and this incremental authorization reflects confidence in the long-term growth prospects of our Company," said President and CEO Roland Smith.
At the close of business on March 19, 2010, the Company had approximately 440 million shares of common stock outstanding. The current common stock repurchase program will remain in effect through January 2, 2011, and will allow the Company to make repurchases when and if market conditions warrant.
Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc is the third largest quick-service restaurant company in the U.S. and includes Wendy's International, Inc., the franchisor of the Wendy's(R) restaurant system, and Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., the franchisor of the Arby's(R) restaurant system. The combined restaurant systems include more than 10,000 restaurants in the United States and 24 countries and U.S. territories worldwide.
SOURCE: Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.