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Chip giant Qualcomm (NAS: QCOM) definitely enjoys a cushy spot in the mobile revolution. The company keeps chugging along and putting up solid figures as its chips power various aspects of most smartphones and tablets today.
To reiterate its strong position, the company has just announced some shareholder-friendly news. Qualcomm is boosting its dividend in a continued string of steady increases over the past ten years. The payout represents a 16% jump and brings the next quarterly payment to $0.25 per share, up from the prior quarter's $0.215. That means shareholders can expect about $1 per share in annual dividends, a modest 1.6% yield at current prices.
On top of that, the company's board has also authorized a $4 billion stock-repurchase program, which replaces the prior $3 billion one, which had a little less than $1 billion in authorized repurchases left to go. CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs said that the company has "returned $16.8 billion to stockholders through a combination of stock repurchases and cash dividends" since 2003.
This all may be true, but the net result of the repurchases over the years hasn't been accretive to earnings since shares outstanding have continued to march higher, so the buybacks haven't fully offset dilution from equity compensation.
That being said, the announcement still inspires confidence in Qualcomm's business and underlying cash flows. Its leadership has cemented a lucrative spot in Apple (NAS: AAPL) iDevices for the foreseeable future, with this do-it-all baseband likely to be in iPhones and iPads this year. Meanwhile, it's playing admirable defense against up-and-coming mobile-chip maker NVIDIA (NAS: NVDA) , who has high hopes of stealing mobile-market share with its quad-core Tegra 3 CPU.
Qualcomm's technological leadership, strong chip business, and consistent practice of returning value to shareholders are just some of the reasons why this stock is a buy.
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