The Boeing board of directors today declared the company’s quarterly dividend will increase 20 per cent to $1.71 per share.

The board also replaced the existing share repurchase program with a new $18 billion authorisation.

“Boeing’s strong and growing cash flow allows us to deepen our commitment to provide competitive returns to our shareholders, while continuing to invest in our people, innovation and growth,” said Boeing chairman Dennis Muilenburg.

“To support our balanced cash deployment strategy, our team remains focused on improving operating performance as we deliver on our substantial order backlog and work to capture a larger share of the growing aerospace market.”

With the latest increase to the dividend, Boeing has raised its quarterly dividend more than 250 per cent over the past five years.

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The company has consistently paid dividends to shareholders each quarter for more than 75 years.

The new dividend will be payable March 2nd, 2018, to shareholders of record as of February 9th, 2018.

The company this year has repurchased $9.2 billion worth of its shares from the $14 billion authorisation approved in December 2016.

The new repurchase program replaces the existing one, bringing the total authorisation to $18 billion.

“Our cash deployment plans are the product of our disciplined cash management efforts and reflect ongoing confidence in our financial strength and the long-term outlook of our business,” said Greg Smith, Boeing chief financial officer.

The timing and volume of repurchases are at the discretion of Boeing management, however it is expected that repurchases under the new share authorization will be made over the next 24 to 30 months.

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