|CUMMINS INC filed this Form 10-Q on 10/31/2017|
(1) The remaining authorized capacity under the 2015 plan was calculated based on the cost to purchase the shares but excludes commission expenses in accordance with the authorized plan.
We may continue to repurchase outstanding shares from time to time during 2017 to enhance shareholder value and to offset the dilutive impact of employee stock based compensation plans.
In July 2017, our Board of Directors authorized an increase to our quarterly dividend of 5.4 percent from $1.025 per share to $1.08 per share. We paid dividends of $522 million during the nine months ended October 1, 2017.
In April 2017, we entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with Eaton Corporation PLC (Eaton), which closed on July 31, 2017 (the acquisition date). We purchased a 50 percent interest in the new venture named Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies for $600 million in cash. In addition, each partner contributed $20 million for working capital. The joint venture will design, assemble, sell and support medium-duty and heavy-duty automated transmissions for the commercial vehicle market, including new product launches. We consolidated the results of the joint venture in our Components segment as we have a majority voting interest in the venture by virtue of a tie-breaking vote on the joint venture's board of directors. We do not expect this new venture to have a significant impact on our consolidated results in 2017. See Note 11 "ACQUISITION," to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
Capital expenditures, including spending on internal use software, for the nine months ended October 1, 2017, were $341 million compared to $354 million in the comparable period in 2016. We continue to invest in new product lines and targeted capacity expansions. We plan to spend between $500 million and $530 million in 2017 on capital expenditures as we continue with product launches and facility improvements. Approximately 50 percent of our capital expenditures are expected to be invested outside of the U.S. in 2017.
Our global pension plans, including our unfunded and non-qualified plans, were 110 percent funded at December 31, 2016. Our U.S. qualified plans, which represent approximately 56 percent of the worldwide pension obligation, were 118 percent funded and our U.K. plans were 121 percent funded. The funded status of our pension plans is dependent upon a variety of variables and assumptions including return on invested assets, market interest rates and levels of voluntary contributions to the plans. In the first nine months of 2017, the investment return on our U.S. pension trust was 9.7 percent while our U.K. pension trust return was 0.2 percent. Approximately 76 percent of our pension plan assets are held in highly liquid investments such as fixed income and equity securities. The remaining 24 percent of our plan assets are held in less liquid, but market valued investments, including real estate, private equity, venture capital, opportunistic credit and insurance contracts. We anticipate making additional defined benefit pension contributions during the remainder of 2017 of $10 million for our U.S. and U.K. pension plans. Approximately $134 million of the estimated $135 million of U.S. and U.K. pension contributions for the full year are voluntary. These contributions may be made from trusts or company funds either to increase pension assets or to make direct benefit payments to plan participants. We expect our 2017 net periodic pension cost to approximate $83 million.
Current Maturities of Short and Long-Term Debt
We had $514 million of commercial paper outstanding at October 1, 2017, that matures in less than one year. The maturity schedule of our existing long-term debt does not require significant cash outflows in the intermediate term. Required annual principal payments range from $6 million to $59 million over the next five years (including the remainder of 2017). See Note 7 "DEBT," to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
Our ratings and outlook from each of the credit rating agencies as of the date of filing are shown in the table below.