- Buybacks should increase shareholder value, but that’s not always the case.
- From a book value perspective most companies are destroying value.
- From a return on investment perspective the logic behind buybacks is open for discussion.
The goal of investing is to enjoy stock price appreciation and dividends, but there is another method for achieving interesting returns: buybacks. With stock buybacks, a company buys its own stocks on the open market. As a public company cannot fully own itself, the purchased stocks lower the number of outstanding stocks and increase the relative ownership of the remaining stockholders. In other words, the company is using its cash to invest in itself. More →