Hyundai Motor stocks rise on $228 mn share buyback plan

Reuters SEOUL | Updated on November 30, 2018 Published on November 30, 2018

Hyundai Motor stocks have plunged more than 30 per cent this year.   -  Reuters

Shares were up 4 per cent

Hyundai Motor Co said on Friday it would buy back 255 billion won ($228.3 million) worth of common and preferred stocks to stabilise its stock prices and boost investor returns, sending shares of the South Korean automaker up 4 per cent.

Hyundai Motor stocks have plunged more than 30 per cent this year and US hedge fund Elliott earlier this month renewed pressure on the automaker to return its “excess capital” to shareholders.

In May, Hyundai Motor Group, backed by founding family members, shelved an ownership restructuring plan that would have given the son of its aging chairman more control of the conglomerate, following opposition from Elliott. Hyundai said in a regulatory filing it would buy back common stocks worth 214 billion won and preferred stocks worth 41 billion won. The buyback is expected to start on Dec. 3 this year and end on Feb. 28, 2019.

Shares of Hyundai Motor affiliates also gained ground, with Kia Motors up 2.4 per cent and Hyundai Mobis gaining 1.7 per cent, while the wider market was up 0.2 per cent as of 0015 GMT. ($1 = 1,117.0500 won)

Published on November 30, 2018
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