Parker Hannifin Extends Share Repurchase Program

CLEVELAND, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the world leader in motion and control technologies, has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of additional shares of common stock, bringing to 10 million the total shares available for repurchase. This authorization is a continuation of the company's ongoing share repurchase program. Prior to the new authorization, only 4.7 million shares remained available for repurchase under the program.

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Share repurchases each fiscal year are limited to the greater of 5 million shares or 5 percent of the shares outstanding at the end of the prior fiscal year.

"Our share repurchase program gives us the flexibility to off-set the dilutive effect of shares issued under employee stock incentive plans," said Chairman, CEO and President Don Washkewicz. "The updated authorization also gives us the potential to repurchase Parker shares on an opportunistic basis."

The 10 million shares available for repurchase represent approximately 8.6 percent of the company's current outstanding shares. Any repurchases would be funded from operating cash flow, and the shares would initially be held as treasury stock.

With annual sales exceeding $9 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 50 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at, or its investor information site at

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