Intel suspends share buybacks, warns of likely coronavirus hit
Chipmaker says suspension of buybacks will not impact on dividend payments
Intel received planning permission for a new €3.6 billion manufacturing facility at its campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare last November
Chipmaker Intel, which employs around 5,000 people in the Republic, has said it is to suspend share buybacks and warned that the coronavirus pandemic could have a material impact on its business, even as its factories remain operational.
The suspension of buybacks would not impact dividend payments, Intel said in a filing.
Intel in October 2019 said it would repurchase $20 billion worth of shares over the next 15 to 18 months. The company bought back about $7.6 billion in shares in the fourth and the first quarter.
Intel’s decision follows measures by big companies including AT&T and Boeing , which last week announced similar plans, citing coronavirus concerns.
The chipmaker, which first established operations in Ireland over 30 years ago, received planning permission for a new €3.6 billion manufacturing facility at its campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare last November.