Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Capital Stock

Capital Stock
12 Months Ended
Sep. 27, 2020
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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. In the first quarter of fiscal 2021, we resumed stock repurchases under the stock repurchase program, which we had suspended in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 in light of COVID-19 to maintain our financial liquidity position and flexibility.
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 million shares of our common stock, which were retired and recorded as a $12.8 billion reduction to stockholders’ equity. The remaining $3.2 billion was recorded as a reduction to stockholders’ equity as an unsettled forward contract indexed to our own stock. During September 2019, the ASR Agreements were completed, and an additional 69 million shares were delivered to us, which were retired, and the forward contract was settled with no adjustment to stockholders’ equity. In total, we purchased 247 million shares based on the volume-weighted average stock price of our common stock during the terms of the transactions, less a discount.
During fiscal 2020, 2019 and 2018, we repurchased and retired an additional 31 million, 27 million and 24 million shares of common stock, respectively, for $2.4 billion, $1.8 billion and $1.4 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, if any, to retained earnings. At September 27, 2020, $4.6 billion remained authorized for repurchase under our stock repurchase program.
Shares Outstanding. Shares of common stock outstanding at September 27, 2020 were as follows (in millions):
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Dividends. On October 14, 2020, we announced a cash dividend of $0.65 per share on our common stock, payable on December 17, 2020 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 3, 2020.