Shares of CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS) climbed as much as 3.5 percent on Friday after the mass media company hit shareholders with some good news. Not only did it post record results in several fourth-quarter and full-year metrics, but it also announced plans for $1 billion in accelerated share repurchases.
“Our plan to repurchase an additional $1 billion shares of CBS stock this year demonstrates both the confidence we have in our future and the commitment we have to our shareholders,” said president and CEO Leslie Moonves in a statement. “Our growing sources of high-margin, non-advertising revenue, along with the strategic initiatives we announced for our Outdoor segment last month, are transforming CBS into a Company that is more reliant on steady and recurring revenue streams.”
In case you missed it, last month’s strategic initiatives were the decisions to sell off European and Asian outdoor advertising operations and make American outdoor operations a separately managed real-estate investment trust. Both initiatives have sat well with investors, who generally agree that the strategy will help “unlock the tremendous value of these unique quality assets,” according to Moonves.
Investors also largely appreciated the company’s earnings report, released on Friday morning…