S&P 500 Q4 2017 Buybacks Rose 6.0% to $137.0 Billion; Full-Year 2017 Fell 3.2% to $519.4 Billion
- Q4 2017 repurchases rose 6.0% from Q3 2017 and 1.2% from Q4 2016
- Full-year 2017 expenditures fell 3.2% from 2016 and fell 9.2% from 2015
- Cash reserves set record
- EPS support via discretionary share count reductions stabilizes at lower level

NEW YORK, March 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices ("S&P DJI") today announced preliminary results indicating that S&P 500® stock buybacks, or share repurchases, totaled $137.0 billion for Q4 2017. This is a 6.0% increase from the $129.2 billion reported for Q3 2017 and a 1.2% increase from the $135.3 billion reported for Q4 2016.

For the 12-month period ending December 2017, S&P 500 issues spent $519.4 billion on buybacks, down 3.2% from $536.4 billion for 2016 and 9.2% from $572.2 billion for 2015; the all-time high, set in 2007, is $589.4 billion.

Historical data on S&P 500 buybacks is available at: www.spdji.com/indices/equity/sp-500

Key Takeaways:

  • The number of S&P 500 issues substantially reducing their year-over-year share count, which increases EPS, inched up to 15.1%, substantially lower than the 20% plus rate posted for 2015 and 2016.
  • Total shareholder return rose to $246.4 billion, up 5.0% from $234.6 billion for Q3 2017.
  • S&P 500 dividends rose to a record-high $109.5 billion, compared to $105.4 billion for Q3 2017.
  • For full-year 2017, total shareholder return was $939.2 billion, up 0.6% from $933.6 billion for full-year 2016, yet down 1.6% from $954.5 billion for full-year 2015.
  • 294 S&P 500 issues reduced their share count during Q4 2017, compared to 274 during Q3 2017 and 281 during Q4 2016.
  • Year-over-year share count reductions of at least 4%, which are seen as affecting EPS, held flat at 70 issues.

"Year-end buyback expenditures for Q4 2017 increased 6.0%, while the average corresponding stock price increased 5.5%," said Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

"Fewer index issues are experiencing a significant EPS tailwind, as share count reductions greater than 4% have yet to match the 20%+ levels from parts of 2015 and 2016.

"Buyback concentration slightly declined for the quarter. The 20 issues with the most quarterly expenditures accounted for 44.8% ($61.4 billion) of all share repurchases, down from 45.5% ($58.8 billion) for Q3 2017 and 46.7% ($63.2 billion) for Q4 2016; the five-year average is 41.5%."

GICS® Sector Analysis:

Information Technology expenditures rose 28.3% to $35.8 billion, compared to $27.9 billion for Q3 2017. The sector represents 26.1% of the index's buybacks and 45.7% of cash reserves.

Financials' expenditures declined 1.0% to $33.9 billion, after last quarter's strong 27.7% increase; the sector represents 24.8% of the buybacks, down from 26.5% for Q3 2017. 

Energy buybacks returned, increasing to $5.2 billion, up 124% from $2.3 billion for Q3 2017 and 431% from $1.0 billion for Q4 2016; levels remain a fraction of previous amounts, such as $10.3 billion during Q4 2014 and $25.3 billion during Q4 2007.

Issues:

The five issues with the highest total buybacks for Q4 2017 are:

  • Apple (AAPL): $10.1 billion for Q4 2017, the 12th highest quarter in S&P 500 history and up from $7.8 billion for Q3 2017.
  • Citigroup (C): $5.5 billion for Q4 2017, up from $5.4 billion for Q3 2017 and $4.1 billion for Q4 2016.
  • Bank of America (BAC): $4.9 billion for Q4 2017, up from $3.0 billion for Q3 2017 and $1.3 billion for Q4 2016.
  • J.P. Morgan (JPM): $4.81 billion for Q4 2017, up from $4.76 billion for Q3 2017 and $2.3 billion for Q4 2016.
  • Charter Communications (CHTR): $4.0 billion for Q4 2017, up from $3.5 billion for Q3 2017 and $1.1 billion for Q4 2016.

The five issues with the highest total buybacks for full-year 2017 are:

  • AAPL: $32.1 billion for full-year 2017, down from $33.7 billion for full-year 2016.
  • JPM: $15.4 billion for full-year 2017, up from $9.1 billion for full-year 2016.
  • C: $14.9 billion for full-year 2017, up from $9.6 billion for full-year 2016.
  • BAC: $12.8 billion for full-year 2017, up from $5.1 billion for full-year 2016.
  • CHTR: $11.7 billion for full-year 2017, up from $1.6 billion for full-year 2016.

The five issues combined for $87.0 billion in share repurchases for full-year 2017.

Total Shareholder Return:

Silverblatt determined that total shareholder return, through regular cash dividends and buybacks, increased 5.0% to $246.4 billion for Q4 2017, up from $234.6 billion for Q3 2017. For the 12-month period ending December 2017, shareholder return totaled $939.2 billion, up 0.6% from $933.6 billion for the 12-month period ending December 2016.

S&P 500 dividends posted a 3.8% increase for Q4 2017 to a record $109.5 billion, up from $105.4 billion for Q3 2017. Payments totaled a record $419.8 billion for the 12-month period ending December 2017, up 5.7% from $397.2 billion for the 12-month period ending December 2016.

According to Silverblatt, preliminary cash reserves increased from Q3 2017, setting another record. S&P 500 Industrial (Old), which consists of the S&P 500 less Financials, Transportations, Real Estate and Utilities, available cash and equivalent stood at $1.636 trillion, slightly above the $1.630 trillion level for Q3 2017; available cash stood at $1.478 trillion for Q4 2016.  

"Repatriation frees up cash for companies to use, but also reduces the overall cash on hand since taxes will need to be paid on them," noted Silverblatt.  

"For 2018, expectations are high for greater corporate expenditures, as lower income tax rates and repatriation should add to available funds and investors pressure companies to use it. 

"Dividends, which are on track to set a seventh consecutive record annual payment for 2018, may return to double-digit gains last seen in 2015; 2016 posted a 5.4% gain and 2017 had a 7.0% gain.

"S&P 500 issues have increased the size of their dividends hikes this year an average of 14.04%, versus 11.36% for 2017 and 10.51% for 2016. No issues have lowered their rate and there are 128 increases so far for 2018.

"Combined, buybacks and dividends could put the S&P 500 over $1 trillion for total shareholder return this year."

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S&P Dow Jones Indices









S&P 500, $ U.S. BILLIONS


(preliminary in bold)







PERIOD

MARKET

OPERATING

AS REPORTED





DIVIDEND &

DIVIDENDS


VALUE

EARNINGS

EARNINGS

DIVIDENDS

BUYBACKS

DIVIDEND 

BUYBACK 

BUYBACK 

& BUYBACKS


$ BILLIONS

$ BILLIONS

$ BILLIONS

$ BILLIONS

$ BILLIONS

YIELD

YIELD

YIELD

$ BILLION











2017 Prelim.

$22,821.24

$1,072.06

$940.95

$419.77

$519.40

1.84%

2.28%

4.12%

$939.17

2016

$19,267.93

$919.85

$818.55

$397.21

$536.38

2.06%

2.78%

4.85%

$933.60

2015

$17,899.56

$885.38

$762.74

$382.32

$572.16

2.14%

3.20%

5.33%

$954.47











12/29/2017 Prelim.

$22,821

$294.65

$230.12

$109.46

$136.97

1.84%

2.28%

4.12%

$246.43

9/29/2017

$21,579

$268.69

$243.77

$105.45

$129.17

1.92%

2.40%

4.32%

$234.61

6/30/2017

$20,762

$261.39

$231.40

$104.01

$120.11

1.96%

2.41%

4.37%

$224.12

3/31/2017

$20,276

$247.32

$235.65

$100.86

$133.15

1.98%

2.51%

4.49%

$234.01

12/31/2016

$19,268

$240.11

$207.93

$103.82

$135.29

2.06%

2.78%

4.85%

$239.11

9/30/2016

$18,742

$247.98

$219.46

$98.43

$112.20

2.10%

2.92%

5.01%

$210.63

6/30/2016

$18,193

$222.77

$201.79

$98.30

$127.50

2.14%

3.22%

5.36%

$225.81

3/31/2016

$17,958

$208.99

$189.37

$96.67

$161.39

2.15%

3.28%

5.43%

$258.05

12/31/2015

$17,900

$201.95

$163.76

$99.39

$145.88

2.14%

3.20%

5.33%

$245.27

9/30/2015

$16,917

$224.14

$204.58

$95.07

$150.58

2.22%

3.30%

5.52%

$245.66

6/30/2015

$18,219

$230.84

$201.35

$94.45

$131.56

2.03%

3.04%

5.07%

$226.01

3/31/2015

$18,303

$228.45

$193.05

$93.41

$144.13

1.98%

2.94%

4.92%

$237.54

12/30/2014

$18,245

$237.14

$202.31

$92.80

$132.63

1.92%

3.03%

4.95%

$225.43

9/30/2014

$17,519

$262.92

$244.00

$89.02

$145.19

1.96%

3.14%

5.10%

$234.22

6/30/2014

$17,404

$260.50

$240.96

$86.65

$116.17

1.91%

3.06%

4.98%

$202.82

3/31/2014

$16,700

$243.67

$221.82

$81.96

$159.28

1.93%

3.20%

5.14%

$241.24

12/31/2013

$16,495

$252.10

$236.31

$84.98

$129.41

1.89%

2.88%

4.77%

$214.40

9/30/2013

$14,960

$239.50

$219.13

$79.26

$128.16

2.05%

2.98%

5.03%

$207.42

6/30/2013

$14,310

$234.84

$221.56

$76.67

$118.05

2.07%

2.94%

5.02%

$194.72

3/31/2013

$13,979

$229.57

$215.76

$70.86

$99.97

2.06%

2.97%

5.02%

$170.82

12/31/2012

$12,742

$206.84

$184.50

$79.83

$99.15

2.20%

3.13%

5.33%

$178.98

 

S&P Dow Jones Indices







S&P 500 SECTOR BUYBACKS







SECTOR $ MILLIONS

Q4,'17

Q3,'17

Q4,'16

12MO DEC','17

12MO DEC,'16

5-YEARS








Consumer Discretionary

$20,775

$24,242

$20,604

$83,570

$89,528

$417,110

Consumer Staples

$10,490

$15,578

$11,615

$50,832

$43,440

$224,331

Energy

$5,203

$2,320

$979

$12,736

$5,762

$115,627

Financials

$33,903

$34,252

$26,772

$124,467

$104,357

$457,332

Healthcare

$15,814

$9,523

$28,898

$64,982

$87,588

$344,917

Industrials

$11,561

$13,087

$14,773

$53,560

$76,166

$330,292

Information Technology

$35,817

$27,926

$28,731

$118,848

$119,457

$664,785

Materials

$2,067

$1,412

$2,497

$5,857

$8,397

$68,258

Real Estate

$1,314

$806

$303

$3,844

$759

$4,603

Telecommunication Services

$9

$3

$69

$485

$529

$24,369

Utilities

$17

$22

$51

$216

$399

$5,176

TOTAL

$136,969

$129,170

$135,292

$519,397

$536,382

$2,656,800

 

S&P Dow Jones Indices









S&P 500 20 LARGEST Q4 2017 BUYBACKS, $ MILLIONS 







Company  

Ticker

Sector

Q4,'17

12MO Dec,'17

12MO Dec,'16

5-Year

10-year

Indicated




Buybacks

Buybacks

Buybacks

Buybacks

Buybacks

Dividend




$ Million

$ Million

$ Million

$ Million

$ Million

$ Million

Apple

AAPL

Information Technology

$10,095

$32,144

$33,710

$173,880

$175,830

$12,938

Citigroup

C

Financials

$5,473

$14,946

$9,606

$33,461

$35,233

$3,384

Bank of America 

BAC

Financials

$4,869

$12,814

$5,112

$25,195

$25,213

$5,007

JPMorgan

JPM

Financials

$4,808

$15,410

$9,082

$39,657

$53,172

$7,772

Charter Communications 

CHTR

Consumer Discretionary

$3,967

$11,715

$1,562

$13,349

$14,099

$0

Cisco Systems

CSCO

Information Technology

$3,862

$7,771

$4,133

$31,575

$58,884

$6,526

Celgene 

CELG

Healthcare

$2,908

$3,833

$2,160

$15,000

$19,625

$0

Wells Fargo 

WFC

Financials

$2,862

$10,301

$8,610

$42,378

$50,646

$7,682

Walgreens Boots Alliance 

WBA

Consumer Staples

$2,525

$7,288

$1,080

$11,393

$16,913

$1,615

Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)

GOOGL

Information Technology

$2,101

$4,846

$3,693

$10,319

$11,237

$0

Oracle 

ORCL

Information Technology

$2,055

$3,975

$6,951

$40,124

$59,176

$3,172

Microsoft

MSFT

Information Technology

$2,008

$8,405

$15,495

$56,164

$102,206

$12,961

Home Depot

HD

Consumer Discretionary

$1,933

$8,000

$6,880

$37,426

$47,656

$4,811

Visa 

V

Information Technology

$1,866

$6,880

$7,106

$27,416

$48,559

$1,523

Procter & Gamble 

PG

Consumer Staples

$1,751

$6,954

$2,003

$22,720

$54,189

$7,029

Boeing 

BA

Industrials

$1,736

$9,236

$7,001

$30,790

$33,777

$4,074

Merck & Co

MRK

Healthcare

$1,702

$4,014

$3,434

$25,853

$34,683

$5,252

Walmart

WMT

Consumer Staples

$1,640

$8,296

$8,298

$28,404

$61,003

$6,213

Goldman Sachs 

GS

Financials

$1,629

$6,772

$6,078

$28,629

$45,536

$1,132

Starbucks 

SBUX

Consumer Discretionary

$1,601

$3,235

$2,158

$7,997

$9,813

$1,707

Top 20   



$61,391

$186,835

$144,152

$701,730

$957,449

$92,797

S&P 500



$136,969

$519,397

$536,382

$2,656,800

$4,236,899

$457,357

Top 20 % of S&P 500



44.82%

35.97%

26.87%

26.41%

22.60%

20.29%

   Gross values are not adjusted for float







 

S&P Dow Jones Indices



S&P 500 20 Largest Quarterly Buybacks, $ Millions, as of Q4 2017, Apple added for Q4 2017, ranking 12

$ MILLIONS

QUARTER

COMPANY

SECTOR


$17,971

Q1 2014

Apple

Information Technology

1

$17,000

Q3 2014

Apple

Information Technology

2

$16,000

Q2 2013

Apple

Information Technology

3

$15,707

Q2 2007

International Business Machines 

Information Technology

4

$13,253

Q3 2015

Apple

Information Technology

5

$12,852

Q2 2012

Johnson & Johnson 

Healthcare

6

$12,318

Q4 2016

Allergan plc (AGN)

Healthcare

7

$12,183

Q3 2012

Johnson & Johnson 

Healthcare

8

$10,851

Q4 2016

Apple

Information Technology

9

$10,723

Q3 2007

Home Depot

Consumer Discretionary

10

$10,166

Q2 2016

Apple

Information Technology

11

$10,095

Q4 2017

Apple

Information Technology

12

$10,000

Q2 2015

Apple

Information Technology

13

$9,859

Q4 2007

Transocean

Energy

14

$9,179

Q4 2006

Exxon Mobil 

Energy

15

$9,465

Q1 2008

Exxon Mobil 

Energy

16

$8,845

Q4 2008

Exxon Mobil 

Energy

17

$8,761

Q2 2008

Exxon Mobil 

Energy

18

$8,663

Q3 2008

Exxon Mobil 

Energy

19

$8,463

Q3 2007

Exxon Mobil 

Energy

20

$232,354


TOP 20



 






SECTOR

DIVIDEND

BUYBACK 

COMBINED



YIELD

YIELD

YIELD


Consumer Discretionary

1.38%

2.84%

4.22%


Consumer Staples

3.22%

2.90%

6.11%


Energy

3.05%

0.98%

4.03%


Financials

1.73%

3.44%

5.17%


HealthCare

1.70%

2.02%

3.72%


Industrials

1.93%

2.27%

4.20%


Information Technology

1.30%

2.10%

3.40%


Materials

1.93%

0.85%

2.79%


Real Estate

3.72%

0.62%

4.33%


Telecommunication Services

5.44%

0.11%

5.55%


Utilities

3.75%

0.03%

3.78%


S&P 500

1.97%

2.23%

4.20%


   Uses full values (unadjusted for float)




   Dividends based on indicated; buybacks based on the last 12-months ending Q4,'17

 

S&P 500 diluted shares used for EPS


% of S&P 500 issues with a least a 4% change

(Y/Y diluted shares used for EPS)

>=4%

<=-4%

Q4 2017 prelim.

6.91%

15.04%

Q3 2017

8.62%

14.23%

Q2 2017

10.00%

14.00%

Q1 2017

12.00%

14.80%

Q4 2016

10.48%

19.35%

Q3 2016

9.94%

23.73%

Q2 2016

10.48%

26.61%

Q1 2016

10.06%

28.17%

Q4 2015

9.48%

25.81%

Q3 2015

9.64%

22.69%

Q2 2015

9.04%

21.08%

Q1 2015

7.62%

21.04%

Q4 2014

6.04%

21.33%

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