|12 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2018
Stock Repurchase Program. On July 26, 2018, we announced a stock repurchase program authorizing us to repurchase up to $30 billion of our common stock. The stock repurchase program has no expiration date. The $30 billion stock repurchase program replaced a $10 billion stock repurchase program announced on May 9, 2018, of which $9.0 billion remained authorized for repurchase. In August 2018, we completed a “modified Dutch auction” tender offer and paid an aggregate of $5.1 billion, excluding fees and related expenses, to repurchase 76.2 million shares of our common stock, which were retired, at a price of $67.50 per share.
In September 2018, we entered into three accelerated share repurchase agreements (ASR Agreements) with three financial institutions under which we paid an aggregate of $16.0 billion upfront to the financial institutions and received from them an initial delivery of 178.4 million shares of our common stock, which were retired, and recorded as a $12.8 billion reduction to stockholders’ equity. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume-weighted average stock price of our common stock during the terms of the transactions, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR Agreements, and will also be retired upon delivery to us and recorded as a reduction to stockholders’ equity. This is evaluated as an unsettled forward contract indexed to our own stock, with $3.2 billion classified within stockholders’ equity. The transactions are scheduled to terminate in August 2019 but may terminate earlier in certain circumstances. At settlement, under certain circumstances, one or more of the financial institutions may be required to deliver additional shares of common stock to us, or under certain circumstances, we may be required to deliver shares of common stock or to make a cash payment to one or more of the financial institutions, with the method of settlement at our election.
During fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016, we repurchased and retired an additional 24.2 million, 22.8 million and 73.8 million shares of common stock, respectively, for $1.4 billion, $1.3 billion and $3.9 billion, respectively, before commissions. To reflect share repurchases in the consolidated balance sheet, we (i) reduce common stock for the par value of the shares, (ii) reduce paid-in capital for the amount in excess of par to zero during the quarter in which the shares are repurchased and (iii) record the residual amount to retained earnings. At September 30, 2018, $8.9 billion remained authorized for repurchase under our stock repurchase program. Since September 30, 2018, we repurchased and retired 8.5 million shares of common stock for $542 million.
Dividends. On October 23, 2018, we announced a cash dividend of $0.62 per share on our common stock, payable on December 20, 2018 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 6, 2018. Dividends charged to retained earnings in fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016 were as follows (in millions, except per share data):
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