ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) announced that it has entered into an accelerated share repurchase program (ASR) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association ("JPMorgan") for up to $150 million of the company's common stock. The ASR is part of ITC's board-approved share repurchase program authorizing the repurchase of up to $250 million through December 31, 2015, as originally announced on April 15, 2014.
"This ASR demonstrates ITC's commitment to our balanced capital allocation strategy and how our model aligns the ability to invest and grow the business for the benefit of customers while also delivering value to investors," said Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO. "We remain focused on preserving our credit quality and financial flexibility to reinvest back in the business while also maintaining a strong balance sheet and delivering returns to investors."
Under the terms of the ASR, ITC has agreed to repurchase up to $150 million of its common stock from JPMorgan in total with an initial delivery of approximately 2.9 million shares based on current market prices. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume-weighted average share price of the company's common stock during the term of the transaction, which is expected to be completed by year-end 2014.
About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) is the nation's largest independent electric transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC's regulated operating subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. Through these subsidiaries, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line. Through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries, the company also focuses on expansion in areas where significant transmission system improvements are needed.
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