This excerpt taken from the GIS 10-K filed Jul 26, 2007.
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Details of each fiscal 2007 financing are described in Note 8 to the Consolidated Financial Statements on pages 54 to 55 of this report.
On April 25, 2007, we redeemed or converted all of our zero coupon convertible debentures due 2022. The redemption price was settled in cash. For the debentures that were converted, we delivered cash equal to the accreted value of the debentures, including $23 million of accreted original issue discount, and issued 284,000 shares of our common stock worth $17 million to settle the conversion value in excess of the accreted value. This premium was recorded as a reduction to stockholders equity, net of the applicable tax benefit. There was no gain or loss associated with the redemption or conversions. We used proceeds from the issuance of commercial paper to fund the redemption and conversions. During fiscal 2006, we repurchased a significant portion of these debentures pursuant to put rights of the holders for an aggregate purchase price of $1.33 billion, including $77 million of accreted original issue discount. We incurred no gain or loss from this repurchase. We used proceeds from the issuance of commercial paper to fund the purchase price of the debentures.
On April 11, 2007, we issued $1.15 billion aggregate principal amount of floating rate convertible senior notes. The notes bear interest at an annual rate equal to one-month London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) minus 0.07 percent, subject to monthly reset. The notes will mature on April 11, 2037. Each $1,000 note is convertible into ten shares of our common stock, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, on any business day prior to maturity. Upon conversion, each holder would receive cash up to the calculated principal amount of the note, and cash or shares at our option for any excess conversion value over the calculated principal amount of each note as described in the note agreement. The notes are unsecured and unsubordinated. The holders of the notes may put them to us for cash equal to the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest upon any change of control and on April 11, 2008 and several anniversary dates thereafter. We used the proceeds from the notes to repay outstanding commercial paper. Based on the terms of the notes, we expect them to be put to us on April 11, 2008.
In January 2007, we issued $1.0 billion of 5.7 percent fixed rate notes due February 15, 2017 and $500 million of floating rate notes due January 22, 2010. The proceeds of these notes were used to retire $1.5 billion of fixed rate notes which matured in February 2007. The floating rate notes bear interest equal to three-month LIBOR plus 0.13 percent, subject to quarterly reset. The floating rate notes cannot be called by us prior to maturity. The fixed rate notes may be called by us at any time for cash equal to the greater of the principal amount of the notes or a specified make-whole amount, plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest. We had previously entered into $700 million of pay-fixed, forward-starting interest rate swaps with an average fixed rate of 5.7 percent in anticipation of the fixed rate note refinancing. We are amortizing a loss deferred to accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) of $23 million associated with these derivatives to interest expense on a straight-line basis over the life of the fixed rate notes. We expect to reclassify $2 million of the deferred loss to earnings over the next 12 months.
We used cash from operations to repay $189 million of debt in fiscal 2006.
In fiscal 2005, we commenced a cash tender offer for our outstanding 6 percent notes due in 2012. The tender offer resulted in the purchase of $500 million principal amount of the notes. Subsequent to the expiration of the tender offer, we purchased an additional $260 million principal amount of the notes in the open market. We incurred a loss of $137 million from this repurchase.
In fiscal 2007, our Board of Directors approved a new authorization to repurchase up to 75 million shares of our common stock. This replaced a prior authorization, which permitted us to repurchase shares up to a treasury share balance of 170 million. Purchases under the new authorization can be made in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, including the use of call options and other derivative instruments, Rule 10b5-1 trading plans, and accelerated repurchase programs. The authorization has no specified termination date. During fiscal 2007, we repurchased 25 million shares for an aggregate purchase price of $1,385 million, of which $64 million settled after the end of our fiscal year. Under the prior authorization in fiscal 2006, we repurchased 19 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $892 million. A total of 162 million shares were held in treasury on May 27, 2007.
Dividends paid in fiscal 2007 totaled $506 million, or $1.44 per share, a 7.5 percent increase from fiscal 2006 dividends of $1.34 per share. Dividends paid in fiscal 2006 totaled $485 million, or $1.34 per share, an 8 percent increase from fiscal 2005 dividends of $1.24 per share. Our Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend increase from $0.37 per share to $0.39 per share effective with the dividend payable on August 1, 2007.