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3M Increases Dividend for the 53rd Consecutive Year; Authorizes $7 Billion Share Repurchase Program

February 8, 2011
-- Actions Reflect Confidence in Long-Term Growth Strategy --

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of 3M (NYSE: MMM) today declared a dividend on the company’s common stock of 55 cents per share for the first quarter of 2011, a 5 percent increase over the quarterly dividend paid in 2010. The dividend is payable on March 12, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 18, 2011.

The board also authorized the repurchase of up to $7 billion of 3M’s outstanding common stock, replacing the company’s existing repurchase program. The authorization has no pre-established closing date.

“Today’s announcement reflects the strength of our business model and our confidence in the future,” said George W. Buckley, 3M chairman, president and CEO. “Our strong balance sheet and outstanding free cash flow allow us to fund growth investments and continue our legacy of returning significant cash to shareholders.”

Over the past five years, the company has returned over $15 billion to shareholders through a combination of dividends and share repurchases. 3M has paid dividends to its shareholders without interruption for more than 94 years.

As of December 31, 2010, 3M had 711,977,608 common shares outstanding and 104,635 shareholders of record.

The 3M Board of Directors also set March 11, 2011, as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

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About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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