Safeco announced it has executed a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan to purchase up to $250 million of its outstanding shares of common stock. A Rule 10b5-1 plan allows Safeco to repurchase its shares during periods when the company would normally not be active in the market because of its own internal trading windows.
On Aug. 11, 2006, Safeco reported that its board of directors had increased the company’s share repurchase authorization to 10 million shares, which is equal to 8.6 percent of Safeco’s shares outstanding at June 30, 2006. If the current 10b5-1 program is fully executed, approximately 5 million shares will remain available for repurchase under board-approved repurchase programs.
Since 2003, Safeco has repurchased 27.5 million shares, or 19.9 percent of its then-outstanding shares, at a total cost of $1.4 billion.
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