Intel suspends share buybacks, warns of likely coronavirus hit

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel Corp said on Tuesday it would suspend its share buybacks and warned that the coronavirus pandemic could have a material impact on its business, even as its factories remain operational.

The suspension of buybacks would not impact dividend payments, Intel said in a filing.

Intel in October 2019 said it would repurchase $20 billion worth of shares over the next 15 to 18 months. The company bought back about $7.6 billion in shares in the fourth and the first quarter.

Intel’s decision follows measures by big companies including AT&T Inc and Boeing Co, which last week announced similar plans, citing coronavirus concerns.

(Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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