NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WestRock (NYSE:WRK) today announced that it has repurchased more than 3.7 million shares of its common stock since November 10, 2015, at an average price of less than $45 per share. The vast majority of these shares were purchased after December 15, 2015, via an ongoing 10b5-1 program. Since July 1, 2015, the Company has repurchased 9 million shares under its 40 million share repurchase authorization.
“WestRock has a great business platform and strong cash flows, and we are executing on our disciplined and balanced capital allocation strategy,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock.
WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 41,000 team members support customers around the world from 268 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.
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