CBS Corp. (CBS:US), owner of the most-watched TV network, said its board approved an additional $5.1 billion in stock repurchases, after completing most of a previous authorization. The shares rose.
The total amount in the current buyback plan is $6 billion, New York-based CBS said today in a statement.
CBS, controlled by Chairman Sumner Redstone, is stepping up the buybacks after agreeing to sell its billboard operations in Asia and Europe to the Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity. CBS, which said it has returned $3.75 billion to shareholders since January 2011, plans to fold the rest of its billboard division into a separate public company.
CBS rose as much as 1.7 percent in extended trading to $53.40. The stock (CBS:US) was little changed at $52.49 at the close in New York and has climbed 38 percent this year.
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