NEW REPORT AHEAD OF TAX DAY: Corporations Hit More Than $250 Billion In Stock Buybacks in 2018, Overwhelmingly Benefitting Executives And Wealthy Shareholders—Not Workers

April 16, 2018

As millions of Americans finish preparing their taxes, corporate executives are laughing all the way to the bank thanks to the Republican tax bill. In 2018 alone, major corporations have authorized more than $250 billion in corporate stock buyback schemes. These stock buybacks overwhelmingly benefit wealthy shareholders and corporate executives – not workers. In fact, 84% of stocks are owned by the top ten percent of Americans.

At the end of the day, Republicans will try to force the American people to pay for their massive tax giveaway to the wealthy through major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The facts are clear – the Republican tax bill that was sold as a “middle-class miracle” was really a GOP Tax Scam.

Corporation

Share Buyback Amount Announced in 2018 (Billions)

Date

Cisco            

$25

14-Feb

Wells Fargo*

$22.6

23-Jan

PepsiCo

$15

13-Feb

Broadcom

$12

12-Apr

Oracle

$12

1-Feb

AbbVie       

$10

15-Feb

Amgen

$10

1-Feb

Alphabet (Google)

$8.6

1-Feb

Booking

$8

27-Feb

Visa             

$7.5

1-Feb

Applied Materials

$6

14-Feb

Mondel?z International

$6

31-Jan

eBay           

$6

1-Feb

Celgene

$5

14-Feb

Lowe’s

$5

26-Jan

NetApp, Inc.

$4

5-Apr

CSX               

$3.5

12-Feb

Phillips 66

$3.3

14-Feb

TJX

$3

28-Feb

Constellation Brands

$3

5-Jan

Fifth Third Bancorp*

$2.8

27-Feb

Franklin Resources*

$2.7

12-Apr

Valero

$2.5

23-Jan

KLA-Tencor

$2

19-Mar

Lam Research

$2

6-Mar

Eastman Chemical

$2

6-Feb

Juniper Networks

$2

30-Jan

SiriusXM                          

$2

23-Jan

Baxter

$1.5

20-Feb

IQVIA

$1.5

14-Feb

Teradyne

$1.5

24-Jan

Leidos*

$1.3

22-Feb

Hilton*

$1.25

9-Apr

QEP Resources

$1.25

28-Feb

Cincinnati Financial*

$1.2

26-Jan

AutoZone

$1

20-Mar

Dollar General

$1

15-Mar

Hess Corporation

$1

8-Mar

Devon Energy

$1

7-Mar

NRG Energy

$1

1-Mar

Cardinal Health

$1

8-Feb

O’Reilly Automotive

$1

7-Feb

Skyworks                        

$1

5-Feb

Altria             

$1

1-Feb

Rockwell Automation

$1

25-Jan

Buybacks <$1 Billion

$37.5

 

TOTAL Corporate Buybacks Authorized in 2018

 

$250 Billion

*Based on closing price on the day share buyback was announced.

CORPORATE EXECUTIVES ARE PADDING THEIR POCKETBOOKS WITH STOCK BUYBACKS AND LAYING OFF AMERICAN WORKERS – IN FACT, MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN LAID OFF IN 2018

  • Devon Energy announced plans to lay off nine percent of its workforce – about 300 workers. Devon Energy also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with a $1 billion share buyback program.
  • Wells Fargo announced it will close 900 branches despite an estimated $3.4 billion boost from the Republican tax scam. Wells Fargo also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with a $22 billion share buyback program.
  • Kimberly-Clark announced plans to cut up to 5,500 jobs. Kimberly-Clark also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with $700-$900 million in share buybacks in 2018.
  • CSX announced plans to lay off thousands of workers. CSX also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with a $3.5 billion increase in their share buyback program. 
  • Harley-Davidson is closing a Kansas City motorcycle assembly plant, resulting in 800 workers losing jobs. Harley Davidson also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with a $696 million share buyback program.
  • Hess Corporation announced they will lay off hundreds of workers. Hess Corporation also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with a $1 billion share buyback program.
  • Cardinal Health announced it will lay off 100 workers. Cardinal Health also announced it will reward corporate executives and wealthy shareholders with a $1 billion share buyback program.

This report can be downloaded as a pdf here.