Why Shares of Ingram Micro Inc. Jumped on Friday

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What: Shares of Ingram Micro jumped on Friday after the company reported its second quarter earnings. While the results were mixed, an initiation of a dividend and an increase of the company's share repurchase authorization was enough good news to balance out the earnings report. At 1:15 Friday afternoon, the stock was up about 9.5%.

So what: Ingram reported quarterly revenue of $10.55 billion, down 3.3% year-over-year and $340 million short of analyst estimates. Currency had a major effect on revenue, with the company growing revenue by 5% in local currencies. Non-GAAP EPS was $0.55, up from $0.54 during the same period last year and a penny higher than analysts were expecting.

Guidance for the third quarter calls for revenue between $10.5 billion and $11 billion, compared to $11.2 billion of revenue during the same period last year. Non-GAAP EPS is expected to be between $0.60 and $0.68, compared to $0.62 during the same period last year.

While Ingram's results and guidance were nothing to write home about, the company did initiate a $0.10 quarterly dividend, payable on September 15. Based on 2014 GAAP earnings, the payout ratio will be around 25%, leaving plenty of room for dividend growth in the future. Ingram also increased its share buyback authorization, first announced in May, by $300 million.

Now what: Ingram reported a mixed quarter, and currency headwinds are taking a toll on the company's results. But the prospect of new share buybacks, as well as the start of quarterly dividend payments, seems to have won investors over.

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Ingram's business, wholesale IT distribution, comes with very low margins, but the company has been incredibly consistent over the past decade. With the company now aiming to return one-third of its free cash flow to shareholders annually through buybacks and dividends, investors aren't wrong to bid up the shares.

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